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About the Movie
In this provocative psychological science fiction thriller, an extremely wealthy man (Academy Award® winner Ben Kingsley) undergoes a radical medical procedure that transfers his consciousness into the body of a healthy young man (Ryan Reynolds). 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.
Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews
- Reviews Counted: 132
- Fresh: 25
- Rotten: 107
- Average Rating: 4.5/10
Top Critics' Reviews
Rotten: All of it unfolds in the atmosphere of gaudy, portentous vacuity that is Mr. Singh's trademark.
Rotten: The elaborately convoluted, soul-swapping thriller "Self/less" squanders its intriguing premise with a loud and labored beat-the-bad-guys trajectory.
Rotten: Deep under the skin of this shrug of a movie is a solid metaphor rooted in an appealing fantasy.
Rotten: Singh once seemed an original, but Self/less doesn't have a distinctive bone in either of its bodies.
The first act was great. Ben Kingsley was pretty good, the concept was clever, & you really believed why this man would want to be immortal. Even the first scenes where Ryan Reynolds first takes over aren't that bad. But then the rest of the second act and the third act come.
The real problem with this film is the director, Tarsem Singh. He took what was a really clever and genius concept and turned it into a predictable action film. I think the credibility of Ben Kingsley is really what saved the first act. Because you can tell that when Singh tries to get his own style in there (all those dang montages!!!) you really don't like it. So then once Kingsley was gone, Singh pretty much has free reign of the rest of the film. Even though Reynolds is a terrific actor, he's not on Kingsley's level where he can nearly save a film.
The remainder of the second act and the whole third act are just awful. They're predictable for the most part (there's one twist I didn't see coming), the acting is horrendous (except from Reynolds and Matthew Goode), and what was a clever concept is turned into a cliche action film and it's never explained how the main character can even fight like he does!
Overall, if you were to leave as soon as the first act is over, you'll have a great time with this film. But as soon as Kingsley leaves, the film is a mess, mostly due to Singh's direction. I highly recommend you just go see Inside Out again.
Ryan Reynolds and the other cast and crew did an excellent job. This is a concept that is thought provoking and makes you think "what would you do if you were in this position?"
An empty-headed action flick masquerading as thought-provoking scifi. Its scifi ideas are all ripped from previous movies. Its action sequences are all the usual -- car chases, gun battles, kung fu-ish fights -- although the flamethrowers are kind of a different touch. Even though it's way too long at over two hours, it never really gets around to thinking much about the scifi-ish questions of identity it seems to be posing. In fact, nobody in it has much identity or does much thinking at all. They're too busy fighting, crashing cars, pulling sour faces, incinerating each other, etc. Meh.