Self/less Plot Synopsis:An extremely wealthy man, dying from cancer, undergoes a radical medical procedure that transfers his consciousness into the body of a healthy young man. But all is not as it seems when he starts to uncover the mystery of the body's origin and the organization that will kill to protect its cause.
Self/less (2015) Review
Self/Less (2015) is an American science fiction, mystery thriller horror movie that did amazingly well. Director Tarsem Singh (The Fall (2006), Immortals (2011), The Cell (2000), Mirror Mirror (2012)) did a fantastic job directing his 5th full-length movie. The film contains minor sexual content, violence, bad language and high-speed car chases. The actors did a great job with their performances, and I applaud them for that. Lately, I have not seen that many great performances. The movie is more of an action movie than a sci-fi movie, but I was well entertained. There were a few points where the movie/storyline/dialog appeared to be dragged on, but that does not last very long.
Damian Hayes (Ben Kingsley - Schindler’s List (1993), Shutter Island (2010), Hugo (2011), Gandhi (1982)) is a billionaire and a business tycoon. Damian’s world, as he knew, was falling apart when he is diagnosed with terminal cancer. Damian found a business card with Professor Albright (Matthew Goode - The Imitation Game (2014), Watchmen (2009), Match Point (2005), A Single Man (2009)) on it. Albright told Damian about a radical medical procedure that will allow his consciousness to be transferred into an artificially grown body. Damian did not hesitate much and was transferred into a new body. Damian was given medication to alleviate the side effects of his new body (Ryan Reynolds - Green Lantern (2011), The Proposal (2009), Buried (2010), Smokin’ Aces (2006)).
The movie was thought provoking and made me wonder about a lot of what ifs and is this technology available today. Will individuals in today’s world go through with this procedure? Will you? David adopted to his new identity and started living his new life in New Orleans. His name is now Edward Hale. Things soon begin to go haywire as David/Edward began having major hallucinations that lead him to believe that they are memories. Albright tried to convince David/Edward that he is wrong, but Edward is determined to investigate. Edward met Madeline (Natalie Martinez - End of Watch (2012), Death Race (2008), Broken City (2013)) who knows him very well.
The movie was quite entertaining although parts of the film appear to be a cliche from other movies. The director did an awesome job making the movie stand apart from those that it resembles. I am not sure if I will watch this movie again, but I encourage all fans who love a good, not great mystery thriller to view this movie at least once. I cannot wait to see more movies from this director that displays a lot of talent. The special effects are done flawlessly, and so is the cinematography.
- Self/less Rating Scores
- Our Score: 7
- Overall Score: 4.99
- IMDB: 6.5
- MetaCritic: 3.4
- Rotten Tomatoes: 1.8
About Self/less 2015
Runtime: 117 minutes
Genre: Thriller, Drama, Sci-Fi, Action, Mystery
Total Avg. Votes: 77,620
Self/less Writers: Àlex Pastor, David Pastor
Self/less Director: Tarsem Singh
Production: Focus Features