Self/Less

The only good thing was the cool premise.

Plot

I was intrigued right away- what if one’s consciousness could be transfered to a new, “blank” body? Problem was, the movie didn’t explore that idea which was loaded with inherent drama and conflict. Instead, it explored another premise- what if the “blank” body was actually from a dead person and the people behind the procedure needed to keep that a secret? That might have worked with a different Setup, but the first idea was still more intriguing. Sure enough, this lead to a muddled story for the protag Ryan Reynolds- part What-if?, part person-in-peril (like a DWAP according to Blake Snyder), part body-switch…ugh.

For such a secret operation, the company behind it had too many employees and especially too many henchmen.

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