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An extremely wealthy man, dying from cancer, undergoes a radical medical procedure that transfers his consciousness into the body of a healthy young man. 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.
Drama Sci-Fi Thriller - This is a science fiction thriller that leans more toward drama than
action. Ryan Reynolds fans should enjoy though Ben Kingsley fans
should note that his role is more of a cameo. Unlike other films
directed by Tarsem Singh, this one is less lavish visually. Some
language, violence, sexual content, and adult subject matter make
this not for kids.
PROFANITY: 1 F-word; 8 S-words; 2 GD's; a few others. SEX/NUDITY: Some sensuality without nudity. VIOLENCE: Fights and beatings with minimal blood. DRUGS/ALCOHOL: Alcohol and tobacco. ACTION: Chases, fights. COMEDY: Darkly comic lines and kid humor.
OPINION OVERVIEW The following is the original "What's Worth
Watching" write-up for this movie.
Based on a theater exit polling of 57 moviegoers:
TEENS: All the teens enjoyed "Selfless" very much but didn't love it, except for one female.
TWENTYSOMETHINGS: Two males loved it and one rated it "average." Two females loved "Selfless" and three rated it "above average," which indicates they enjoyed it very much, but didn't love it.
ADULTS: The male and female reviews are very similar, good but not great. Close to half loved it with another 35% of males and 25% of females enjoying it very much. Equally important is that no one disliked it.
Billionaire industrialist Damian Hale (Ben Kingsley) has long been a master of
his universe, excelling at power plays from his NYC base of operations.
Estranged from his activist daughter Claire (Michelle Dockery), Damian's only real connection is with his lifelong friend and
right-hand man Martin O'Neil (Victor Garber). But a dire cancer diagnosis makes
Damian determined to access a radical medical procedure, "shedding," that will
turn back the clock for him.
The process is offered to Damian by Albright (Matthew Goode),
the brilliant head of a secret organization that caters to the wealthy. Damian
seizes the opportunity, and his death is staged. The world now thinks he is
gone, but he is in fact "shedding:" his consciousness is being transferred into
the body of a healthy man (Ryan Reynolds) decades younger than he. The operation
is deemed a success.
Adapting to his new physical form and beginning a second life in New Orleans,
Damian is befriended by a local man, Anton (Derek Luke). Both preserving his
newfound health and indulging himself, Damian becomes comfortable in his new
identity as "Edward." But the disturbing images flooding his consciousness are
not easily explained away by Albright's contention that "immortality has some
When he finds himself drawn to single mother Madeline (Natalie Martinez), Damian
starts to uncover the mystery of "Edward's" origin - and those who will kill to
protect the organization. Summoning two lifetimes' worth of strength and
resourcefulness, Damian fights for his life and for the lives that he has