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Self/less (2015)

PG-13 | | Action, Mystery, Sci-Fi | 10 July 2015 (USA)
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A dying real estate mogul transfers his consciousness into a healthy young body, but soon finds that neither the procedure nor the company that performed it are quite what they seem.

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Tarsem Singh

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Àlex Pastor (as Alex Pastor), David Pastor
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Ryan Reynolds ... Young Damian
Natalie Martinez ... Madeline
Matthew Goode ... Albright
Ben Kingsley ... Damian
Victor Garber ... Martin
Derek Luke ... Anton
Jaynee-Lynne Kinchen ... Anna
Melora Hardin ... Judy
Michelle Dockery ... Claire
Sam Page ... Carl
Brendan McCarthy ... Anton 2
Thomas Francis Murphy ... Dr. Jensen
Sandra Ellis Lafferty ... Phyllis Jensen
Emily Tremaine ... Mallory
Griff Furst ... EMT #1
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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. Written by Anonymous

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Would you take a life to live forever? See more »


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Rated PG-13 for sequences of violence, some sexuality, and language | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

10 July 2015 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Self/less See more »

Filming Locations:

Louisiana, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$26,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$5,403,460, 12 July 2015

Gross USA:

$12,279,691

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$30,523,226
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Dolby Digital

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2.35 : 1
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Ryan Reynolds and Derek Luke appeared in Definitely, Maybe (2008). See more »

Goofs

(at around 1h 25 mins) When Damian crashes Martin's SUV on the car in front, the airbags of the SUV as seen from a long distance shot clearly inflate. But on the exact next shot from inside the car, we see Damian still driving with no airbags inflated. See more »

Quotes

Young Damian: [opening his eyes for the first time] It didn't work.
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Referenced in Mike & Mike: Episode dated 24 February 2016 (2016) See more »

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Self/less Review
11 July 2015 | by keithlovesmoviesSee all my reviews

Billionaire Damian Hale (Ben Kingsley) is on top of the world until he runs into a problem he can't solve, Cancer. His only hope is a new medical procedure called "shedding," in which his consciousness is transferred to a healthy body. After Damian undergoes this procedure, he becomes a man named Edward (Ryan Reynolds). Once he attempts to start a new life in New Orleans, he starts to become ravaged by visions of his new body's past. As he begins to investigate the origin of his new body, he learns the lengths that his creators will take to protect their procedure and keep their identities secret.

The film, I will admit, introduces an original concept that not many films have covered. It's a shame that it does not stay with it for very long. We start off with older Damian coming to terms with where he is in his life and with his condition and then the film pivots to more of an action film as younger Damian/Edward investigates his roots through his visions and survive its resistance. It was a shame that more time wasn't spent with the older version of Damian. This loss created a void in the story. It would have been better if we could have spent more time with him so his character could be more developed. From the little we got to see, he appears to not be that great of a person. If we knew more, we would have reason to root for him. The time spent during an unnecessary sequence in the middle could have helped with that. There is a lack of consistency in the character of Damian as well. The character is played by 2 different actors but their performances are not the same. There seems to not be any apparent, similar, alignment in mannerisms between the two Damians, they don't act too similarly either. That could either be because of writing, Ryan Reynolds' performance, and/or not too careful direction. The film had the chance to try to answer some philosophical questions relating to the value of human life or the morality of valuing a life over. When you start to wonder if this whole "shedding" procedure is even possible, you are forced to accept that it is. Instead of being about Damian coming to terms with his new body and life, it chooses the path of gun fights and car chases. This is the moment when the film falls into the realm of mediocrity. It isn't revolutionary. The twists will not come as much of a surprise either. The film managed to keep my attention but I would of preferred it to cover more of the philosophical issues relating to the procedure. The film has a good idea but it could have been portrayed in a different/better way.


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