If you’ve ever wondered what it would be like to live forever, Self/less is a brief glimpse as what the costs are to live forever.
Sir Ben Kingsley plays the incredibly wealthy Damian. He is dying and finds a way to continue his life through a very secretive medical facility. He is told that the body that his mind and essence will go into was grown in the lab. However as time in his new body goes on, played by Ryan Reynolds, he begins to learn that perhaps his new vessel was not created, rather re-purposed.
|Rating: 6.5/10 (54,520 votes)
Director: Tarsem Singh
Writer: David Pastor (screenplay), Àlex Pastor (screenplay)
Stars: Ryan Reynolds, Natalie Martinez, Matthew Goode, Ben Kingsley
Runtime: 117 min
Genre: Action, Mystery, Sci-Fi
Released: 10 Jul 2015
|Plot: A dying real estate mogul transfers his consciousness into a healthy young body, but soon finds that neither the procedure nor the company that performed it are quite what they seem.|
I was drawn to watch this if for no other reason, Ryan Reynolds. However getting invested into it, I was pleasantly impressed and terribly disappointed at the same time. The story is creative enough, original and inventive. I liked the entire idea behind it all, transfer a persons psyche into another person. I liked the actor/actress choices, obviously Ben and Ryan, plus Natalie Martinez, Matthew Goode and Victor Garber. I liked the way it was filmed, the way the scenes rolled together, how the lighting would change in certain to scenes to convey an obvious tone, and I liked a lot of the small details such as the small scar/mark on young/Damian’s shoulder from where a tattoo used to be.
What I didn’t like was elements of the story that from my perspective, just didn’t seem to make any sense. The single biggest example of this is when Damian gets his new body, and instead of taking his medication like he’s supposed to, he laxes a few times and starts having visions of his new bodies former life. Obviously this is the catalyst to him exploring what happened to the life of his new body once had. Personally if it were me and I had just paid a buttload of money to get a new body, yeah, I’m pretty sure that I would follow the doctor’s instructions.
In any case, this was a pretty good movie. Solid writing, solid acting, solid and emotional ending, all in all, pretty darn good. Below you can find the trailer if you’d like to watch it.