Since the villain’s younger counterpart is seen a little more prominently in the film, The Adam Project has aged Catherine Keener to make the star look like this. It’s a common special effects tactic used specifically in Star Wars projects like Season 2 of The Mandalorian to make Luke Skywalker look younger.
Unfortunately, fans of the Netflix sci-fi film just can’t get behind the dodgy effects used to make Maya appear younger. Fans like Twitter user @YaBoyJeffBlue felt that the film’s aging screwed up his viewing experience. “I was really blown away by the Adam project and her death of Catherine Keener when she met herself [the] movie,” they wrote. Twitter user @shy_michael couldn’t help but express their confusion at the film’s deaging effects: “Can’t get over how badly they screwed up the deaging of Catherine Keener’s character in The Adam Project.” The user continued, funny point out that Maya looks like a character from The Sims.
Letterboxd reviewer HunterGasaway gave the film three stars, but couldn’t help but point out how disturbing Keener’s younger character was. “Mark Ruffalo is as charming and endearing as CGI Catherine Keener is unsettling and terrifying,” they commented. In a thread discussing the film, Reddit user u/BigMacCombo suggested that Keener’s special effects were rushed, writing, “I swear the digitally aged Catherine Keener looked like she was in 10 minutes with one.” ten-year-old GPU.”
Hopefully Ryan Reynolds and director Shawn Levy can get the special effects right for their next project, Deadpool 3.