An extremely wealthy elderly man dying from cancer undergoes a radical medical procedure that transfers his consciousness to the body of a healthy young man but everything may not be as good as it seems when he starts to uncover the mystery of the body's origins and the secret organization that will kill to keep its secrets.
|Release Date||:||July 10, 2015|
|Genres||:||Mystery, Thriller, Science Fiction|
|Production Company||:||Endgame Entertainment, Ram Bergman Productions|
|Production Countries||:||United States of America|
|Director||:||Tarsem Singh, Jean-Paul Chreky, Alexander B. Hill|
|Writers||:||Alex Pastor, David Pastor|
|Casts||:||Ryan Reynolds, Ben Kingsley, Natalie Martinez, Matthew Goode, Michelle Dockery, Melora Hardin, Victor Garber, Sam Page, Derek Luke, Mariana Paola Vicente, Jaynee-Lynne Kinchen, Brendan McCarthy, Thomas Francis Murphy, Sandra Ellis Lafferty, Emily Tremaine, Griff Furst, Cedric Palmisano, Tom Waite, Douglas M. Griffin, Marcus Lyle Brown, Teri Wyble, Gary Weeks, Kristin Erickson, Dakota Buchanan, Robert Harvey, Dylan Lowe, Jimmy Gonzales, Jesica Ahlberg, Dacia Fernandez, Hannah Jelinovic, Ashley Laliberty, Anna Dudnik, Big Freedia, Antionique Price, Stephanie Bertrand, Shelby Skipper, Alvin Santana, Rashod Singleton, Keiton Crump, Clay Chamberlin, Kate Ransome Wilcox, Julian Niccolini, Mariah Quintana|
|Plot Keywords||:||lie, immortality, terminal illness, laboratory, cancer, doctor, body-swap, death , rich, false memory, soul transference, rich man, mind transfer, host body, body swap, body snatching|
'SELF/LESS': Three and a Half Stars (Out of Five)
A sci-fi thriller/action flick starring Ryan Reynolds and Ben Kingsley. The story revolves around a dying businessman who has his consciousness transferred into the body of a younger, and much healthier, man. It was directed by Tarsem Singh (the man also responsible for the popular 2000 horror flick 'THE CELL') and written by David and Àlex Pastor. The movie also stars Matthew Goode, Natalie Martinez, Derek Luke and Victor Garber. The filmmakers do very little with their interesting ideas; but they do deliver a fun, and stylistically thrilling, action flick.
Kingsley plays Damian, a wealthy, and very successful, businessman; who's dying from cancer. A secret, groundbreaking, science organization offers to give him a new body; to extend his life. After going through with the procedure Damian is thrilled with his newfound youth, and very physically fit body, but he quickly learns that his happiness came at the expense of someone else's (the man who's body he took). Damian feels extremely guilty for taking another man's life from him, and he wants to set things right. The special organization will stop at nothing though, to protect their business.
The movie starts out as a pretty intriguing science-fiction thriller; similar movies have been done before but it did seem somewhat fresh and unique. It doesn't really develop into much though, as it prefers to entertain it's audience with stylistically cool action scenes; instead of story and character development. Singh is a very visually satisfying director to watch though, and I really like the dark style and mood of this movie. It's hard to give it credit for a lot more than that; but it is an entertaining, and somewhat thrilling, action flick.
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