Selfless: Imagine yourself, old and sick, and promised a sweet deal: Immediately after you die, we will bring you back in a fresh new body. How much would you pay for such a deal?
This is a relatively original story of a dying real estate mogul Damian Hale (Ben Kingsley) who parts with a whopping $250 million for services offered by a shadowy and sinister Biogenic corporation where the CEO (Matthew Goode, a favorite of mine, with his spectacular performances) promises his clients an entirely new, healthy, younger human body grown organically in the lab (when the deal appears too good….jijazie) the process is called shedding.
After entering into a spinning and whirring machine Damian’s consciousness is transferred to an artificially grown healthy body (Ryan Reynolds). After which Damian engineers his own public death.
The “new” Damian (renamed Edward) is sent off to New Orleans and is strictly advised to stay away from anyone and anything having to do with his former life. That includes Damian’s alienated daughter, Claire (Michelle Dockery), at first, such loose ends are the furthest thing from Damian/Edward’s mind, as he cuts loose and parties wildly and getting the hang of the younger and healthier body — save for the sporadic anomalies (or, more precisely, someone else’s memories competing for attention with his own).
Damian starts probing too much he finds himself on the run from a massive goon squad led by the hard-to-kill Anton (Derek Luke) that works for the corporation.
Self/less has received generally negative reviews from critics, Rotten Tomatoes reported a rating of 21%, on Metacritic, the film has a score of 34 out of 100. Self/less proclaims a potential-packed concept, but does annoyingly little with it, settling for bland action that stems from the blues at the expense of thought provoking ideas.
On my opinion it’s not such a bad movie and it might be enjoyable to you as it was for yours truly.