A classic theme in sci-fi, explored in stories like 1970 Heinlein's novel I Will Fear no Evil. This approach is a bit unsatisfying, since Self/less is little more than an action flick. Not even in a "In Time" way, where the sci-fi atmosphere and plot dominates. Here it is just a back story for the thriller plot to develop. The way the story unfolds is not terrible. Just wish they explored the implications more.
Una avanzada tecnología permite transportar la consciencia de un cuerpo a otro. La premisa suena interesante, hay buenas actuaciones de Ben Kingsley y Ryan Reynolds, pero la historia no profundiza más en sus ideas sobre la trascendencia, la inmortalidad y la misma muerte, conformándose con ser un simple thriller para pasar el rato.
Accused of style over substance, Tarsem seems to have surrendered to his detractors. The brashness and devil-may-care attitude is absent in SELF/LESS. This is what the director claims to be "a grounded thriller". So grounded, in fact, that it's borderline TV fodder. Interviews reveal Tarsem to be in a hurry to shake off his "visual guy" label so he can join his buddy David Fincher in the chapel of Serious Directors™.
This veers close to one star but I thought there was some interesting ideas in here. It´s sad to see an accomplished cast and a good director struggle with a second class script that plays about every beat safe and never rises above the competition. Still there were parts that I enjoyed eventhough as a whole it was kind of a mess.
It wasn't long before I realized how long this film was for its story. It's disappointing since I like these actors, and sadly the drama just couldn't really deliver. It dragged on for so long that when it ended, I was glad it was finished and sad I couldn't enjoy it. Ryan Reynolds, despite that good acting was just running around in an almost uneventful mess. It was a cool concept, but just unsatisfyingly presented.