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Replicas (2018)

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A scientist becomes obsessed with bringing back his family members who died in a traffic accident.

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Jeffrey Nachmanoff

Writers:

Chad St. John (screenplay by), Stephen Hamel (story by)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Keanu Reeves ... Will Foster
Alice Eve ... Mona Foster
Thomas Middleditch ... Ed Whittle
John Ortiz ... Jones
Emjay Anthony ... Matt Foster
Emily Alyn Lind ... Sophie Foster
Aria Lyric Leabu ... Zoe Foster (as Aria Leabu)
Nyasha Hatendi ... Scott
Amber Rivera ... Margaret
Jonathan Dwayne Jonathan Dwayne ... Security Guard #2
Luis Gonzaga ... Officer Pérez
Andres Ramos Andres Ramos ... Officer Rodríguez (as Andrés 'Velcro' Ramos)
Jeffrey Holsman ... Blue Eyes
Sunshine Logroño ... Héctor (as Emmanuel Logroño)
Angela Alvarado ... Ms. Barnes (as Ángela Alvarado)
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Storyline

A daring synthetic biologist, after a car accident kills his family, will stop at nothing to bring them back, even if it means pitting himself against a government-controlled laboratory, a police task force and the physical laws of science.

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

Some Humans Are Unstoppable

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Drama | Sci-Fi | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for thematic material, violence, disturbing images, some nudity and sexual references | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

UK | China | Puerto Rico | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

11 January 2019 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Replicas See more »

Filming Locations:

Puerto Rico

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Box Office

Budget:

$30,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,375,325, 13 January 2019, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$4,046,429, 21 February 2019
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Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

It's written by Chad St. John from a story by Stephen Hamel. See more »

Goofs

Reeves' facial hair grows longer, then shorter, several times in early scenes, despite the scenes taking place in one night and morning. See more »

Quotes

Will Foster: We're the sum total of what has happened to us and how we processed it. That's what makes us us. It's all neurochemistry.
Mona: Do you really believe that? That's all I am? Your children? Just pathways, electrical signals and chemistry? You have kids that love you and a wife that adores you and we have a scientist.
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Alternate Versions

In India, the film was given a UA certificate by the CBFC after following cuts were made:
  • Removed both the scenes of needle going into the eye. (1.01.50 and 1.34.20)
  • Muted the word bastard. (1.26.10)
  • Removed the shots of nudity and semi-nudity. (41-42 mins)
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Soundtracks

Con las Manos Arriba
Written by Jonathan Ríos Lucena
Performed by RYO
Courtesy of Lucena Vocce Entertainment, Inc.
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Excellent premise, lousy execution
12 January 2019 | by jwwalrath-227-85487See all my reviews

In Replicas, Keanu Reeves is a scientist working for a company in a South American country focusing on cloning and trying to preserve the human mind on a computer. This turns out to be super convenient as the scientist loses his wife and kids in a car crash. Grief-stricken, he clones their bodies and transfers their consciousnesses (as one does). What results is a surprisingly amateurish effort considering the lead.

The dialogue is pretty weak. People do things that don't feel natural. Weirdly enough, the movie explains certain things pretty thoroughly and interestingly, such as the whole lazarus/rebirth process, while other plot points are just revealed abruptly and sloppily.

The acting doesn't help things either. Keanu is on autopilot here. The guy who plays his boss is hit-and-miss. But it's Alice Eve (She's Out of my League; Star Trek into Darkness) who has the worst performance. She acts like an animatronic. (And yes this is even before the cloning. It isn't a something-went-wrong-type situation.) She has two facial expressions: slightly happy and slightly worried. On the plus side, Silicon Valley's Ben Middleditch is the only one who manages to make all the dialogue work. My hat off to him.

It's sad that this movie was botched so badly because the actual general story could have worked. The concepts they explore here are fun and fascinating. A lot of thought did go into how they brought the family back.

To it's credit, the film does look really good. It has excellent color use and picturesque filming locations.

Overall, this is a bad film, but I wouldn't say it was downright painful. I didn't leave regretting having watched it. If you like making fun of bad movies, then you might want to check this out. Otherwise, I can't recommend this.


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