Netflix’s latest big hit, the film starring Ryan Reynolds and Mark Ruffalo, Adam Through Time, has no shortage of references to pop culture but also to the filmography of its performers. Here are the main ones!
Released on March 11 on Netflix, Adam Through Time by Shawn Levy tells how a pilot played by Ryan Reynolds goes back in time and lands with the child he was (Walker Scobell). Together, they will try to change their future and live a crazy adventure filled with nods to other feature films about time travel and more!
Back to the future
When we talk about time travel, there are few films not to mention Back to the Future, a reference of the genre. And the feature film Shawn Levy is no exception to the rule. The two Adams thus discuss Biff’s investments in Back to the Future 2 and their dog is called Hawking, a nod to Doc’s four-legged companion in the Robert Zemeckis franchise, also named after a very famous scientist: Einstein.
Having already wielded a lightsaber in Free Guy, Ryan Reynolds uses in Adam through time a weapon deceptively similar to the sabers of the Jedi in the Star Wars saga even if his character spends his time denying the similarity. But when he finally sees her in action, young Adam (Walker Scobell) allows himself to tell him: “It’s a lightsaber, man.”
Another cult time-travel franchise, Terminator also gets its mention in the Netflix movie when Ryan Reynolds’ character says the future he comes from looks like the movie starring Arnold Schwarzenegger “on a good day. ”. Which means his life would be worse than the dark future created by James Cameron where Skynet took over.
The general atmosphere of Adam through time is reminiscent of the Amblin productions of the 80s and in particular ET The scene where the young Adam runs scared in the night in order to reach his house by waving his flashlight echoes to the opening sequence of Steven Spielberg’s cult film.
A concept popularized in comics, which has gained momentum on screens thanks to the Arrowverse series on the CW or more recently Loki on Disney+ and of course Spider-Man: No Way Home, the multiverse will be at the heart of Doctor Strange 2 and is alluded to in Adam Through Time. When he learns that he is talking to his future self, young Adam asks him if they live in a multiverse, to which his adult version replies exasperated that no and adds: “My god, we’ve watched too many movies .”
When the two Adams find their father (Mark Ruffalo) in the past, the latter is giving a class where a student wears a sweater with Nicolas Cage’s head and the inscription “John Travolta” underneath. A nod to the thriller Volte/Face by John Woo where the second takes the face of the first for a high-risk infiltration.
Mark Ruffalo and time travel
At one point in the film, Mark Ruffalo’s character describes himself as “the godfather of time travel,” a title that applies to Adam through time but not only. The actor has indeed participated in several time travel films, including Avengers: Endgame, of course, where Bruce Banner helps Tony Stark invent the technology capable of sending the Avengers back to the past. But also the comedy 30 years or nothing, with Jennifer Garner, who also plays his wife in the Netflix film. The circle is complete.