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Self/less (2015)

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Critic Consensus: Self/less boasts a potential-packed premise, but does frustratingly little with it, settling for lackluster action at the expense of interesting ideas.

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In this provocative psychological science fiction thriller, an extremely wealthy man (Academy Award winner Ben Kingsley) dying from cancer 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 secret organization that will kill to protect its cause. (C) Focus

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Cast

Ryan Reynolds
as Young Damian
Matthew Goode
as Albright
Sandra Laugherty
as Phyllis Jensen
Tom Waite
as Ambulance Driver
Douglas M. Griffin
as Doctor X-Ray
Marcus Lyle Brown
as Lab Technician
Teri Wyble
as Andrea
Gary Weeks (II)
as Chauffeur
Kristen Erickson
as Gate Agent
Dakota Buchanan
as Dickish Cousin
Robert Harvey
as Retirement Home Manager
Jimmy Gonzales
as Recovery Mercenary
Jesica Ahlberg
as Beautfiul Girl
Dacia Fernandez
as Beautiful Girl
Hannah Jelinovic
as Beautiful Girl
Ashley Laliberty
as Beautiful Girl
Anna Dudnik
as Beautiful Girl
Big Freedia
as Himself
David Robertson
as Mercenary
Alvin Santana
as Tap Dancer
Rashod Singleton
as Tap Dancer
Keiton Crump
as Tap Dancer
Clay Chamberlin
as Hallway Lab Tech
Kate Ransome Wilcox
as Coalition Volunteer
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All Critics (131) | Top Critics (31)

A sci-fi thriller so derivative of John Frankenheimer's masterfully paranoid Seconds it would be more accurate to call it Thirds, Tarsem Singh's Self/less is a generic waste of a clever idea.

July 13, 2015 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
Time Out
Top Critic

Tarsem Singh has a reputation for making movies that are visually stunning but woefully inert and convoluted in their storytelling (see The Cell and The Fall). Singh's most recent film, Self/less, lives up to at least half of that reputation.

July 13, 2015 | Rating: 1.5/4 | Full Review…
Globe and Mail
Top Critic

What starts out as an interesting exploration of identity soon gives way to the uninspired, generic action flick we had feared it always was.

July 12, 2015 | Full Review…
New York Magazine/Vulture
Top Critic

Deep under the skin of this shrug of a movie is a solid metaphor rooted in an appealing fantasy.

July 12, 2015 | Full Review…
NPR
Top Critic

There's no reason to spoil what follows except to say that even by the standards of both Alfred Hitchcock and science fiction, it's nonsensical.

July 10, 2015 | Full Review…
Grantland
Top Critic

Self/less is so restrained that I wonder if somebody stole Tarsem Singh's body, too.

July 9, 2015 | Rating: C | Full Review…
L.A. Weekly
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Audience Reviews for Self/less

½

Though its themes are a bit familiar, Self/less is an exciting and provocative film. When faced with his impending death a wealthy businessman named Damian Hale undergoes an experimental procedure to have his consciousness placed into a genetically engineered body, but after experiencing several vivid hallucinations he discovers that he's actually been placed inside the body of another person whose mind is being suppressed. Ryan Reynolds gives a strong performance, as does Ben Kingsley. And the film does a good job at exploring the moral questions that arise from extending life and switching bodies, along with the nature of life and what makes up a person. Extraordinarily compelling, Self/less is a smart and well-crafted sci-fi thriller.

Dann Michalski
Dann Michalski

Super Reviewer

½

An uber-rich guy who is dying finds out about a way to live longer through some science fiction, which is a nice start to the piece and a decent idea for a story. Then it degenerates into a standard chase montage with the ever present people pointing guns at other people scenes. Eh.

Kevin M. Williams
Kevin M. Williams

Super Reviewer

½

More intriguing in premise than in practice, Self/Less is still none the less an entertaining sci-fi movie with intermittent moments of cleverness and heart. What makes it unusual is the quality of its actors. Reynolds and Kingsley are more than proven in the field, but in Self/Less they (particularly Kingsley) go from nailing it to mailing it seemingly at random, then switch back to A-grade the very next scene. Where I had trouble making a connection to the narrative of the movie was in the body switching aspect. It's made clear that Kingsley has awoken in Reynold's body, but at no point in the film did it really feel like this was anything other than a completely new character, rather than an old one in a new form. Still Self/Less is one of the more engaging films I've seen this year.

Gimly M.
Gimly M.

Super Reviewer

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