Self/less Saturday, 04 April 2020

Self/less

Additional Info

  • Rating:

    M: Violence, mature themes and infrequent coarse language.

  • The pitch:

    The afterlife is Albright.

  • Starring:

    Ryan Reynolds, Natalie Martinez, Matthew Goode, Ben Kingsley, Victor Garber, Derek Luke, Jaynee-Lynne Kinchen, Melora Hardin, Michelle Dockery, Sam Page, Brendan McCarthy, Thomas Francis Murphy, Sandra Ellis Lafferty

  • Directed by:

    Tarsem Singh

  • Running time:

    117 minutes

  • Rated:

    M (Australia), 12A (UK), PG-13 (USA)

  • VIOLENCE/GORE:

    People are shot, tackled, wrestled, face-grabbed, drugged, hit with objects, kicked, elbowed, arm-snapped, body-slammed, burned alive, choked, kidnapped, pistol-whipped, tasered, punched. Images of war/soldiers/tanks. Car chase, rollover, car rammed, collisions. A man collapses. Objects burned/smashed/thrown. Explosion. Suicidal thoughts mentioned. Arguing, shouting. Blood/gore: Dead bodies. Blood spatter, bloody neck/clothing/face/heads/cut, bone snaps. Injection (no needle seen). Body scan/images, MRI-type machine, flatlining. Patients on hospital beds, IV drips, bandage, scar, bruising. Anaphylactic shock, EpiPen, torn to pieces in Russian prison riot mentioned. Medical equipment seen.

  • SEX/NUDITY:

    A man has (mostly implied) sex with multiple partners. Woman in g-string, shirtless men, skimpy clothing, cleavage, swimwear. Kissing, flirting, undressing.

  • VICES/DRUG USE:

    A woman is drugged (chloroform assumed), a man suffers severe hallucinations. Prescription pills consumed. Alcohol (wine, champagne, spirits, cocktails). Club setting. Prozac, anti-rejection drugs, withdrawals mentioned.

  • LANGUAGE:

    F-words, s-words, a-words, sonofab*tch, bastard. Name-calling. Slang for genitals. Religious exclamations.

  • THEMES:

    Reincarnation, death, cancer, grief, father-daughter relationships, identity, wealth, biogenics, genetic engineering, legacy, rehabilitation, estrangement, promiscuity, visions, memory, betrayal, psychopathy, family, real estate tycoons, terminal illness, resurrection, immortality.

  • HIDDEN EXTRAS:

    Dead fathers/husband, terminally ill children. Cemetery, funeral, airport. Losing a child, peanut allergy, parents and sister killed in car crash mentioned. Plane, horse, thunder. Vomiting, spitting, toilet. Grilling sausages. Shaky camerawork.

  • CRITICS LIKE:

    Effective, interesting, twisty, thought-provoking, lightweight, fast-paced. Likeable lead, classy supporting cast, good performances, well-structured script, competent direction, attractive locations, solid technical credits.

  • CRITICS DON'T LIKE:

    Generic, mediocre, contrived, tepid, unremarkable. Broad characters, murky story, intriguing story degenerates into an action movie, too-neat/easy conclusions, bone-headed plot holes, Kingsley's accent is terrible.

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