Friday, July 10, 2015

Self/Less



I always get excited about original sci-fi films that aren't franchises or known properties.  You never know if it's going to be the next Edge of Tomorrow,  Snowpiercer, or Ex Machina.  (Three films you should definitely see.)  And if Sir Ben Kingsley is in it, even better.  Unfortunately, this is not the next great original sci-fi.

Kingsley plays a terminally ill self-made gazillionaire.  And what's the most desirable thing a terminally ill self-made gazillionaire can buy?  A new body.  And, if you're lucky, you get Ryan Reynolds' body!  But guess what?  After the procedure is done, there's a rub.  There always is!

Sadly, this movie takes a solid premise, and a solid first quarter, with solid acting by Kingsley, and then eventually squanders it.  The subsequent three quarters simply aren't that interesting, and Reynolds really wasn't the right choice for the part.  He should stick with comedies and action films.

Grade: B-

Who is this movie for?  Most people will probably find it entertaining enough.  But the last three quarters is pretty boring.  It could have been and should have been so much better.  And you can do much better than seeing it.

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