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Iden­ti­fy­ing ex­actly when the tail­spin kicks in for the thriller Self/Less is easy: it’s the mo­ment Ryan Reynolds takes over lead­ing man du­ties from Ben Kings­ley. Which is not to say it is Reynolds’ fault in any way that Self/Less curls up like a dy­ing spi­der so swiftly and ir­re­versibly. No ac­tor at the apex of their pow­ers could avoid be­ing short-cir­cuited by the low-volt­age nin­com­poop­ery buzzing away here. A tem­po­rar­ily tan­ta­lis­ing story con­cerns a ter­mi­nally ill ty­coon (Kings­ley) who buys his own im­mor­tal­ity, thanks to a rad­i­cal new med­i­cal tech­nique that will trans­fer the best of his old body into a younger, stronger new model (Reynolds). Af­ter a very promis­ing start, all that fol­lows is a is a dopey, lunkheaded, run-and-gun chase flick you’ve seen many times be­fore.

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