HOPE/LESS, US, 117 MIN
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.