Recently released The Adam Project deleted scenes reveal an emotional moment from Jennifer Garner in Netflix’s latest science-fiction adventure.
Recently released The Adam Project deleted scenes reveal another moving moment from Jennifer Garner in Netflix’s latest science fiction romp. The Shawn Levy time-travel adventure was a major hit with fans with its debut being the third-highest for the streaming giant. The Adam Project reached Netflix’s Top 10 list of most-viewed Netflix Originals at number seven, the third Reynolds film to achieve the honor along with Michael Bay’s action-thriller 6 Underground and the Dwayne Johnson buddy heist-adventure Red Notice.
The Adam Project stars Reynolds as Adam Reed, a time-traveling pilot who crash lands in the year 2022 and must team up with his 12-year-old smart-mouthed younger self (Walker Scobell) to save the future from the egotistical businesswoman Maya Sorian (Catherine Keener) who seeks to control time itself. Reynolds is joined by Zoe Saldaña as Laura, Reed’s future wife, Mark Ruffalo as Reed’s father, and Jennifer Garner as Reed’s widowed mother who does the best she can to raise her son alone. Unfortunately, the younger Adam Reed does not give her the respect she deserves and treats her terribly as they both grieve.
Now, netflix has released two deleted scenes from the Reynolds smash hit The Adam Project. The first scene is a short one that focuses on the older Reed and his father as they infiltrate Sorian’s headquarters to destroy the particle accelerator that led to the invention of time travel. The two encounter Sorian’s guards but quickly dispatch them with a futuristic weapon. The second scene is far more substantial as it is an extended take of an earlier moment between the younger Adam Reed and his mother trying her best to make ends meet. The deleted version contains extra dialogue from Garner about her emotional struggles after her husband’s death. Check out the scenes below.
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The scene involving Reynolds and Ruffalo was a short but sweet moment that helped bond the two characters but was obviously cut for pacing issues. The scene itself added no necessary information to the plot so removing it was probably an easy decision. Excising the scene between Garner and Scobell was probably a much tougher decision. After Garner’s Ellie Reed leaves for work and tells her son to call if he needs anything, young Adam rudely responds that he won’t. In the original scene, Ellie pauses a moment and then quickly departs for work. In the deleted version, Ellie stops before she leaves and turns back to her son to explain that she still hasn’t fully dealt with her husband’s death emotionally and that she is hurt by her son when he is continuously mean to her. This revelation takes his son by surprise and he seemingly takes it to heart. This addition provides a deeper dynamic between the two characters and brings their complex relationship to the forefront.
Although the extended scene between two of Tea Adam Project‘s most important characters substantially adds to the relationship between mother and son, it undercuts a later scene between the older Adam when he meets his younger mother. Before both Reeds jump into the future, the two get into an argument and it is revealed that the older Reed lost a wife. He goes to a local bar to grieve over a bottle where he finds his mother doing the same. The two have a short discussion about pain and loss with Reed telling his mother to explain to her son how she feels. Having Ellie open up to her son before she has the heart-to-heart with older Adam undercuts the scene.
What actually appears to have happened was that the deleted scene did not originally take place within the story before the bar scene but was structured to have happened the morning after. Looking at the wardrobe of the younger Adam, he wears the same shirt during the earlier breakfast scene with his mother that he wears in the later scenes when he travels to the future, but his wardrobe changes in between without explanation. This indicates that the deleted scene was originally intended to take place later, finally giving Garner her big heart-to-heart moment with her son before young Adam leaves for the future. Although the final version of the film did not give Ellie the emotional payoff planted by the previous scene with Reynolds at the bar, the story was better served by the shuffling of the scenes. Inserting young Adam’s rude treatment of his mother earlier and then not giving them a chance to reconcile before he departs for the future only enhances their later catharsis when the younger Reed finally hugs Garner during a similar scene at the end of The Adam Project.
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