SeLf/Less

The Men With One Brain

SFX: The Sci-Fi and Fantasy Magazine - - Re­views -

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

all lamp­posts.

The Pri­mark sale led to much vi­o­lence.

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