SELF/LESS: New Featurette Explores the Side Effects of Immortality

     June 24, 2015

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Focus Features has released a new featurette and clip for Tarsem Singh‘s latest, Self/less, a psychological science fiction thriller about a man dying from cancer (Ben Kingsley) who decides to transfer his consciousness into the body of a healthy, younger man (Ryan Reynolds). The procedure works, but he soon comes to realize that “immortality has some side effects.”

I’m intrigued by Self/less. The ramifications a man faces when he tries to beat god always makes for solid ground to build a riveting science fiction premise on, and Tarsem is a compelling director with an eccentric track record, so I’m always intrigued to see what he’ll do next. Stylistically, Self/less looks quite restrained for the director, who can occasionally get so immersed in his visuals that narrative falls by the wayside. When he’s at his best we get The Fall, at his worst, Immortals (which I actually quite enjoy in spite of its many flaws). Whether Self/less ends up in the category of the former or the latter remains to be seen, but with Tarsem at the helm you’re bound to have a unique moviegoing experience.

You can check out the new Self/less featurette and clip below. The film also stars Matthew GoodeMichelle Dockery, Natalie Martinez, Victor Garber and Derek Luke, and arrives in theaters nationwide July 10th.

Here’s the official Self/Less synopsis.

In this provocative psychological science fiction thriller, an extremely wealthy man (Academy Award winner Ben Kingsley) dying from cancer undergoes a radical medical procedure that transfers his consciousness into the body of a healthy young man (Ryan Reynolds). 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.

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Image via Focus Features

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