1 hour 50 minutes
Ryan Reynolds, Ben Kingsley, Natalie Martinez, Matthew Goode
CHICOPEE, Mass (WWLP) — You’ll be happy to know the rich and powerful will soon be able to trade in their old bodies for new, improved models.
Unfortunately, “Self/Less” self-destructs before the potentially intriguing Sci-Fi thriller really gets going.
Ruthless business tycoon Ben Kingsley turns to a new technology to replace his worn out body.
What a bargain, Kingsley will keep will keep his devious brain and get to look just like Ryan Reynolds.
Who’s got his own identity crisis, since can’t forget who he was before becoming Ben Kingsley.
The picture also develops a split personality between science fiction and cheesy melodrama.
When Reynold’s wife Natalie Martinez discovers her handsome husband’s head now harbors two brains, the situation turns tricky, especially since the muddled script was written by screenwriters who apparently don’t have one brain between them.
“Self/Less” caters strictly to the easy to please crowd, who couldn’t care less that the writers made no effort to construct a plot that was even half way original.
At one point Reynolds/Kingsley comments that he loves that “new” body smell.
Actually the smell coming from the big screen is more like warmed over hackwork.
Since the producers know all too well that the young audience dominates during the summer season, it wasn’t exactly in their best interests to design “Self/Less” as anything worth more than 2 stars. Still, a well-made thriller with a few fresh ideas would have been deeply appreciated by an audience that cares.