The Men With One Brain
released OUT NOW! 2015 | 12 | Blu-ray/dVd
Director Tarsem singh
Cast ryan reynolds, Ben Kingsley, Matthew Goode, Natalie Martinez, Victor Garber
Get past the interminably irritating title and Self/less is a watchable, if far from exceptional, body-swap thriller.
Ben Kingsley plays property magnate Damian Hale, an obscenely wealthy man suffering from a terminal illness. With money comes means, however: a highly suspicious underground medical procedure known as “shedding” that allows Damian to transfer his consciousness into Ryan Reynolds’s healthy body. But where did the body come from?
There are some interesting philosophical issues raised in Self/ less. Would you be willing to live forever, even if it meant cutting off all connections to your past life? Should we live forever? And the idea of a vengeful henchman who keeps coming back from the dead, even after being burnt alive, is neat.
It’s all a bit plodding though. Those philosophical issues are posed, but never adequately addressed, the twists are blatantly telegraphed and Reynolds is horribly miscast as a young Kingsley – you never buy that they share the same brain for a second. Not entirely Worth/less then, but a little Point/less.
Extras The DVD gets a director’s commentary, a featurette on shedding, and a Making Of. The Blu-ray adds a featurette on the action. Jordan Farley
In real life, Damian’s extravagantly gilded apartment is owned by Donald Trump – who gets a thanks in the credits.
Hospital visits were much more exciting with Ryan around.
Nic just hated
The Primark sale led to much violence.