It speaks volumes about the sheer tedium of Tarsem Singh’s Self/less that its most annoying aspect is the errant punctuation in its title. Is the film supposed to be called “Self or less?” – Sounds like a parody of Eddie Izzard’s infamous “Cake or Death?” routine.
Alex and David Pastor’s script completely squanders the potential in this story concerning immortality and self-preservation, which even Michael Bay managed to make a better film with (The Island). It would be one thing if they at least gave us a few decent action scenes, but it’s unbearably dull from start to finish.
Ryan Reynolds makes most films he’s in at least worth a watch, but even he can’t hide the fact that Self/less is a brain/less and life/less movie.
DIRECTOR: Tarsem Singh
WRITERS: Alex & David Pastor
CAST: Ryan Reynolds, Ben Kingsley, Matthew Goode, Natalie Martinez, Victor Garber, Michelle Dockery
SYNOPSIS: A dying real estate mogul transfers his consciousness into a healthy young body, but soon finds that neither the procedure nor the company that performed it are quite what they seem.