The Adam Project sneaks into Back to the Future Easter Egg
It’s nearly impossible for a time travel story to escape the shadow of Back to the Future, with Bob Zemeckis’ 1985 classic still setting the benchmark for entertaining, well-traced time-deception.
And new Netflix film The Adam Project wears that connection on its sleeve, with the previous film explicitly referenced in dialogue and clearly functioning as a key influence on the story (which sees Ryan Reynolds’ time traveler team up with his younger self. to avoid a bleak future).
But does The Adam Project have an even closer connection to the world of Marty McFly et al? Looking closely, we think we’ve spotted a subtle easter egg connecting the two movies – though that could also be a big coincidence. You decide.
At one point in the film, we see Adams and their father (played by Mark Ruffalo in the cast of The Adam Project) meet at a remote motel to discuss what happened, leading to some charged scenes. of emotion. But don’t get too distracted by all the angst of the exhibit and check out the name and logo of the motel – Pine Ridge (see main image).
Again, this might be a coincidence, but it sounds like a riff on the classic Back to the Future site Two Pines Mall, where Doc Brown (Christopher Lloyd) and Marty (Michael J Fox) first send their DeLorean traveling back in time to the 1950s. Famously, in the 1950s timeline, Marty knocks down one of the pines that gave the mall its name, with this change in established history leading to the site being renamed” Lone Pine Mall” when he returns to the 80s.
It’s one of the most famous background jokes in movie history, and explicitly tied to time travel, so it makes sense that The Adam Project (which, again, names Back to the Future in the script) could include a subtle wink. And even the Pine Ridge Motel logo is somewhat reminiscent of the mall sign, albeit this time with three overlapping triangles instead of two separate ones (perhaps symbolizing the three overlapping timelines featured in The Adam Project) .
Or, you know, we went crazy and director Shawn Levy just wanted to name a set after some foliage. Sometimes you can’t see the wood for time-displaced trees.
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