Director Jeffrey Nachmanoff ’s science fiction thriller film features Keanu Reeves as a scientist who endeavours to bring his wife (Alive Eve) and children back to life after he loses them all in a horrific car accident. His ground-breaking technology successfully manages to transfer individual consciousness, but his “ungodly” work triggers the ire of the government and the police.~Augustine Chay
Audio commentary with director Jeffrey Nachmanoff and executive producer James Dodson
Movies are great vehicles to tell the innumerable different stories of people's lives, events, and happenings as a result of some precipitating event. And especially the changes that are brought about by ordinary, even if deadly, car accidents. This movie, "REPLICAS," is such a vehicle. Keanu Reeves convincingly portrays an average-man's emotional psychology, who loses his entire family of four in a car accident. But Reeves as a neuroscientist is MORE driven by his brilliant mind who is on the verge of transferring human consciousness into a computer! Thomas Middleditch is wonderful as he plays a contemporary, "recruited" fellow scientist. Middleditch is pulled into helping to secretly "clone" Reeves' dead family bodies (all 4 of them, except one)! There are unexpected problems, complications, as well as the psychological and intellectual moral issues. (These "replicas" are not clones, AND DEFINITELY NOT ZOMBIES!!)
These ambiguous-conflicting issues are all a part of the central plot. And Keanu Reeves is good at showing how the mind and emotions of an ambitious neuroscientist is driven by the tragic deaths from the car accident to create substitute "REPLICAS." And he always is a good actor with charismatic physicality! Again, he is here!
This movie is interesting in many ways, just from the above-written underlying tensions, forces, conflicts, personalities, and nascent ideas appropriate to our time, the 21st Century. Alice Eve is a good-looking wife character who is photogenic to add to various scenes that move through the story. I especially like Alice Eve in the few "quasi-cat-and-mouse" pursuit scenes. Keanu still has to command the lead in this film, even in these non-primary "quasi-supporting-role" scenes played by Thomas Middleditch and Alice Eve.
The impact of this film on me is similar to the impact on me as in the Keanu Reeves with Morgan Freeman film, "CHAIN REACTION."
That impact to me, is that: "It is a good film, but not a great film!" Perhaps it's because such "car-accident-as-set-up" drivers of movie plots seem, time-and-time-again, to be unable to rise out of the innate mundane and topical nature that they are. Even CRASH is an excellent example of this type of topical start-up and set-up for WHATEVER follows -- No matter how unique and original the "WHATEVER that follows to make the developmental plot" IS. Even CRASH, to my mind, mostly won Oscar noms due to it's magnificent fine-actors, large ENSEMBLE cast! To wit, there is no large ensemble cast here in REPLICAS!
Nevertheless, I bought this movie REPLICAS because I still enjoy it for a few future repeated viewings. I bought it due to the fine energetic topical performances by Keanu Reeves, Thomas Middleditch, and Alice Eve. This movie just PROBABLY won't ever reach my Top 10 films in any given referential point of my viewing habits and viewing life. Still 4 stars out of five (5) is still a good "like!" And all-in-all, obviously, still beats out 3 stars! Somewhere in time,... deeper than my Top 25 movies....
I would recommend this to a friend
Rating 5 out of 5 stars with 1 review
Owned for 2 months when reviewed.
What do you do when your worst nightmare comes true? Keano Reeves is a scientist, a genius at that, so he builds his family back and puts their minds in the product. But he lost four members and can only build three replacements. What will he do? What will happen when his superiors find out what he's done. The answer is ribboting. If you're a fan you'll love this movie!
Purchased this on a whim at Best Buy because of Keanu”s face on cover. I never heard of the movie. Well what can I say; the family and I were pleasantly surprised at how much we liked it. Really cool movie that keeps you engaged and good cinematography.
I got this on sale at Best Buy. I was able to shop around to see if I could find a better price for this item. Best Buy was fair and competitive with there pricing and they were very good with the staffing due to the covic-19 virus going around. Everyone was following the safety guidelines.