I really liked Tarsem's The Fall and The Cell, but his last three efforts have been truly mediocre, which is significant considering this director has so much visual flair and distictiveness. I'm not sure if this is technically a remake of Frankenheimer's Seconds, but go see that instead. It's superior on every level. I was looking forward to Self/less because the concept is enticing and Tarsem's approach is normally striking. This starts out fine, but it's biggest issue is that…
Self/less is a film that takes its intriguing (if unoriginal) premise and wastes it on a generic action-thriller. Good acting from Ryan Reynolds, Ben Kingsley, Matthew Goode and Natalie Martinez elevates the film slightly, but it's not enough to counter a predictable and thematically shallow script while Tarsem Singh is woefully mischosen as the director. While not a complete waste of time, Self/less is the sort of immediately-disposable film that most people won't even remember exists by the end of the year.
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Continuing in the tradition of transhumanist sci-fi thrillers that can't live up to their staggering potential, Self/less sees director Tarsem Singh once again serving up lush visuals on a canvas wholly undeserving of it. Ryan Reynolds tries his hardest, but he can't bring much sense or excitement to this tepid genre jaunt.
Damian Hayes (Ben Kingsley) is a business magnate diagnosed with terminal cancer, and in order to prolong his life, he decides to undergo a drastic procedure known as…
New title suggestion: Soulless
I like a little science fiction now and then, but this was like a Syfy original movie. No redeeming qualities in terms of action set pieces or story. Nothing about this was awful and yet it was still boring. The idea was sound, but the execution was sloppy and I didn't have a reason to care.
Basically an old rich guy gets a new life by stealing another man's body and then he gets a conscience.…
Lifestyles of the rich and famous.
The mind of Seconds reincarnated into the body of The Bourne Identity, Self/Less tells the story of the mind of Ben Kingsley being reincarnated into the body of Ryan Reynolds. Reynolds was a poor military man who sold his body to Matthew Goode's Rich Evil Science Corp, and Kingsley's wealthy New York architect purchases this body as a vessel to pursue his desire for immortality. The aristocracy literally buys the life of the struggling…
You never asked the right questions.
The main thought I had when watching Immortals over two years ago, was that Tarsem Singh might not be all that great of a film maker. That maybe the only thing he had going for him was artistic visuals while not actually having much talent for film as an art form. Self/less pretty much confirms this now.
Having the film set in the real world all but cripples Singh as a director as…
Immortality has some side effects.
Before I saw Ant-Man in the theater earlier this evening, I decided to eat dinner at a little Chinese restaurant in my local mall where the theater was located. Being a huge fan of Chinese food, I deduced that absolutely nothing could possibly go wrong, and went all-in and even decided to get the egg roll. That was absolutely the worst Chinese food I have ever eaten, and I've been to some pretty bad restaurants.…
Oh yeah, I saw this today.
But seriously, never thought I'd say this about a Tarsem Singh film, but man, Self/less is one of the most visually bland films of the year. I already expected a clichéd story, but visually it's a disappointment as well. Like, there are some REALLY ugly shots here and there. Kind of sad, actually.
One of the most pointless and boring experiences I've had at a movie theater in a while. It's not bad, per se, it's just dull as hell.
About 45 minutes into this I was thinking 'wow, why don't people talk about this film more? This could end up as one of my all-time favourites'.
Then Jude Law turned up and ruined everything, as he so often does. Law and his character are both insufferable- he can't even play a robot convincingly. The film never really recovered from his introduction.
Almost but not quite.
Have you ever been on your way to get a bus when you run into a good friend? You know you have some leeway, so you stop to talk. The friend is old, the conversation is refreshing, the bus is still some time away. But the clock ticks on, the bus draws nearer, and eventually you allow the conversation go on too long. You have missed the bus. For Spielberg, that bus is the ride to a great ending. That…
This is rated PG-13 («Parents Are Strongly Cautioned to Give Special Guidance for Attendance of Children Under 13»), but sometimes I feel that films should be rated according to a totally different scale, also preparing parents what to expect. Because the first hour, maybe ninety minutes of this film is very emotionally challenging.
Although some children may be able to put themselves in David's place (especially those who has older siblings) and recognize some level of rejection, it's of course…
Steven Spielberg's A.I. Artificial Intelligence was a maddening experience for me! A lot of Spielberg's trademark qualities are there, but it's also a very flawed film.
As great a filmmaker as Spielberg is he has a tendency to get too saccharine sweet with some of his films and that's definitely the case here. The story goes on way too long in a contrived attempt to pull at the heartstrings and it just falls flat. There's not enough character development between…