Self/less Review (Spoilers Included)

This film stars Ben Kingsley, Ryan Reynolds, Matthew Goode, Victor Garber, Derek Luke, and Natalie Martinez. Since we have the luxury of sites such as IMDB, I’m going to use a plot description from their page. I hate trying to boil movies down to a few sentences.

“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.”

Now. This is one of those rare examples of a film that didn’t give everything away in the trailers.

I was very pleasantly surprised to find that out. However, it’s going to be hard to do a review without talking about all the stuff that wasn’t seen. So consider this your spoiler alert. If you don’t want this movie spoiled for you, click out. I’ll throw in some space, so you can’t possibly have anything ruined.

Okay. That should be more than enough. So, Ben Kingsley gets his mind put into Ryan Reynolds’ body. He starts playing basketball and slaying ass. He’s all psyched to be young again. Then he starts having visions of a previous life. They couldn’t be from the man whose body he is now inhabiting, because he was told that it was genetically engineered in a lab.

If you’ve seen a movie before, you know that’s not the case. Here’s where things get really interesting, though. You know how the trailers made this look like it was mostly about Ben Kingsley adjusting to his new body? Well, as it turns out, it’s a pretty heavy action movie. Ryan Reynolds’ body comes hard-wired with the instincts of an Army ranger. He murders people left and right.

It completely shakes things up. Overall, the movie was fun, and full of good performances. Kudos to Ryan Reynolds for subtly imitating Ben Kengsley in his delivery. I’ve always enjoyed touches like that in body-switching movies. I guess that’s the best way to describe this movie, right? As body-switching? Ben Kingsley literally switches bodies, so, you know….


Ben Kingsley’s dying. Matthew Goode comes to him, and says he can help him live longer by transferring his consciousness into the body of a younger, healthier man. Kingsley says yes. Days later, he’s inside the body of Ryan Reynolds: badass Army ranger. Gunfights and hand to hand fights soon follow. This was not the flick I was expecting, and I’m very happy about that.

The movie I expected wasn’t going to be very good. This was a fun, sci-fi action movie with another awesome, lead performance from Ryan Reynolds.



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Walter Winchester