Focus Features has released five minutes of behind-the-scenes footage for Tarsem Singh‘s latest mind-bender, Self/less, a psychological sci-fi thriller about a dying man (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.”
While most of the clips are noticeably lacking in Tarsem’s distinct visual opulence, one of them finally reveals a glimpse at that aesthetic panache Tarsem is known for – but seriously, just a glimpse. The glinting gold pillow atop a sterile medical bed both feels like signature Tarsem and fits with the idea that the immortality procedure and “best of the human experience” is exclusively available to those in the highest echelons of society. These clips are also a great reminder that Reynolds is an excellent actor when paired with material that actually gives him something to do. Sharing a role with the great Sir Ben Kingsley is a formidable challenge for any mere mortal and I’m excited to see how Reynolds rises to the occasion.
The film also stars Matthew Goode, Michelle Dockery, Natalie Martinez, Victor Garber and Derek Luke, and arrives in theaters nationwide July 10th.
Here’s the official synopsis for Self/Less: 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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