SYNOPSIS: After a car accident kills his loving family, a daring neuroscientist (Keanu Reeves) will stop at nothing to bring them back, even if it means pitting himself against a government-controlled laboratory, a police task force, and the physical laws of science themselves.
Replicas is such a cheap imitation of other superior to average sci-fi movies that we genuinely feel bad for Keanu Reeves who starred in and produced this flick.
With the help of fellow colleague, clone expert Ed (Thomas Middleditch), scientist Will Foster (Reeves) is on the verge of transferring human consciousness from a dead body to a synthetic one though the prologue tells us that the algorithm still needs further tweaking to the displeasure of Will’s boss (John Ortiz).
But time and tide waits for no man as Will decides to take matters into his own hands after a car crash killed his beloved wife Mona (Alice Eve) and their three kids. With time running short, Will and Ed decides to make use of company properties to bring Mona and the kids back to life (not a surprise) by copying out their consciousness and creating clones of his loved ones.
Obviously at this point, as audiences who are fed on sci-fi clone and other similar-themed thrillers liked The Island, I, Robot, Transcendence and Ex Machina, things are bound to go awry in Replicas. Is Mona and the kids going to turn into something sinister? Why is Will saving up his own consciousness?
However, writer Chad St. John and director Jeffrey Nachmanoff has nothing remotely interesting to say despite Will’s frequent mouthing of scientific mumbo-jumbo and blatant display of hi-tech technology on a shoe-string budget. Without much happenings for at least half of the movie, the last act attempts to deliver a half-baked action sequence with Will and family running away from his boss and henchmen. Why? Because apparently the research company is shady and now Will’s loved ones are company properties.
And suddenly out of nowhere, there’s a knock off version of the robot from Will Smith’s I, Robot that appears in the climax that is going to leave you scratching your head or laugh your ass off. Replicas is such a convoluting mess of sci-fi and philosophical drama that not even John Wick can bring it to life.
The DVD comes with an Audio Commentary with Director Jeffrey Nachmanoff and Executive Producer James Dodson, a 25 minutes worth of The Making of Replicas and 8 minutes of Deleted Scenes.
Dialogue is clear and there’s a generous amount of surround sound and audio mix. Visual presentation is great if you are a fan of neon colours.
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Review by Linus Tee