“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.”
This is an interesting premise for a movie, because what wealthy man wouldn’t want to spend some money and get to practically live forever. With stars like Ben Kingsley, Matthew Goode, and Ryan Reynolds, one is left to guess how much this movie will stray into the action genre and how much it will stick to the Sci Fi/Mystery/Thriller areas. It does overall stick to all four genres really well, and is a great movie for it.
Ryan Reynolds, in the past, has stared in a variety of roles over multiple genres including action, comedy, drama, and horror. He has developed over the years into a solid leading man, and this movie is better for it.
With Self/Less, Ryan Reynolds steps back into the Sci Fi arena as the protagonist, as the younger version of Ben Kingsley’s leading character, Damian Hale. the concept of the movie is very intriguing, placing the consciousness of one man who’s dying into the body of a younger man who’s already ‘dead’, so that he can survive. Which brings to mind the old saying, “Sometimes the rich can have it all.”
The movie does seem to drag on a bit at the beginning, but not enough to really be a bother as the pacing the movie is very well done. The action scenes don’t really start to come into the movie until about halfway through when Hale starts figuring out that the visions he’s had since the procedure are more than just hallucinations. I’m not going to give up anything more on the story, it’s one you’ll want to figure out for yourself.
My biggest issue with the movie, is the progression from the sci-fi/thriller genre into a mostly action genre movie. The action scenes throughout the movie are well done, and believable, but the movie could have been more if they stuck to the thriller side of the movie.
The ending doesn’t really come as a surprise as you watch the movie and get to learn the type of character that Ben Kingsley plays at the beginning of the movie, however it shines little light on what kind of character Ryan Reynolds played before becoming Damien Hale.
The movie is overall a great movie, with a steady pace throughout the movie that will keep you interested, but Self/Less dangles just enough in front of you for you to realize that there could be so much more here. A must see for any Ryan Reynolds fan.