Movie review: Replicas is truly abysmal, says Rashid Irani

Published on Jan 18, 2019 10:44 PM IST

When a neurobiologist loses his family in a car crash, he decides to create copies, using cloning pods. The big question isn’t how, its... why would Keanu Reeves do this movie?

The protagonist’s wife and two of his three kids are brought back to life with insane alacrity. What of the young daughter? Who knows!
The protagonist’s wife and two of his three kids are brought back to life with insane alacrity. What of the young daughter? Who knows!
Hindustan Times | ByRashid Irani

REPLICAS

Direction: Jeffrey Nachmanoff

Actors: Keanu Reeves, Alice Eve

Rating: 0.5 / 5

As it becomes cheaper to make films, we have grown to expect more mediocrity, and the occasional release that is deathly dull. But nothing could have prepared us for the truly abysmal Replicas.

The purported science-fiction thriller follows a neurobiologist (Keanu Reeves) determined to replicate (but of course) his deceased family after they perish in a car crash.

With the help of a reluctant colleague (Thomas Middleditch), the distraught husband and father steals incubation pods for this cloning experiment. His wife (Alice Eve) and two of his three kids are brought back to life with insane alacrity. What of the young daughter? Who knows!

As the film careens towards the end of its runtime, the script strives to pack simplistic answers into a climactic sequence that can only be described as silly.
As the film careens towards the end of its runtime, the script strives to pack simplistic answers into a climactic sequence that can only be described as silly.

Sidestepping the moral dilemmas involved in all these shenanigans, the film instead offers a confounding thriller twist to the narrative, complete with car chases and shootouts.

As it careens towards the end of its runtime, the script strives to pack simplistic answers into a climactic sequence that can only be described as silly.

I saw it so you wouldn’t have to. Give Replicas a miss.

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