Ben Kingsley’s character (Damian), an extremely wealthy man living in a world of opulence, has cancer and only six months more to live. But he has some unfinished business … to mend his relationship with Claire (Michelle Dockery) his estranged daughter who now won’t accept his money to support her community outreach organization.
Discovering that a scientific procedure could transfer his brilliant brain and personality to a man-made body of a healthy, fully-functioning younger-looking man (Ryan Reynolds), Damian pays the financial price, undergoes the body/brain transference and follows the strict pill-taking regimen of “shedding capsules” doled out weekly by the doctor (Matthew Goode) who performed this scientific miracle.
Damian then learns that his new body (Ryan Reynolds) was not man-made after all, but that of a real, flesh & blood man who donated himself to “science” to pay for the costly medical treatments his dying daughter needed to stay alive. Against policy, Damian sets out to meet the wife (Natalie Martinez) and child.
Self/Less, categorized as a science fiction thriller film, could have been an in-depth, provocative character study about loss, love, wealth, unfairness, and the possibility of immortality. Instead, the movie became violent and unengaging.
Directed by Tarsem Singh and written by David and Àlex Pastor, the film stars Ryan Reynolds, Ben Kingsley, Matthew William Goode, Natalie Martinez, Victor Garber and Michelle Dockery.