The Spring of Sci-Fi Review #1
Ah, Keanu Reeves. A man that we adore. A man that also isn’t afraid to participate as a lead actor in horrible films. This is one of those times. Reeves plays William Foster, who’s a neuroscientist that loses his family in a tragic car accident. After their deaths, William Foster works on a crazy scheme to clone his family’s bodies and create replicas of them. Reeves seems to be bored himself with this role.
Replicas is a dead movie. There’s no energy emanating from this film. None of the actors have any energy in their performances, except for Thomas Middleditch. Middleditch does well playing the reluctant scientist who doesn’t want to help William Foster in his bizarre plan to resurrect his family. Reeves has more passion in his performances for the John Wick films that were being released around this same time. The John Wick films are action-packed, so no wonder he is bland for this mediocre film.
The movie is a patchwork of other science fiction films with a clear influence from Frankenstein. There’s no in-depth explanation of how the characters can pull off this scientific experiment. The film wants the audience to automatically assume that this is plausible. Another mess of this script is that it tries to be funny in spurts. The jokes fall flat as it doesn’t work within the film’s tone. The tone? Why am I mentioning tone when it’s everywhere in this film? It tries to be funny, serious, and scary at the wrong times.
Replicas tries to portray William Foster as this hero. He comes off as a creep with psychological issues. While working on resurrecting his family, he tries to maintain the appearance that his family is still alive. He does this to the extent that he starts acting like his middle-age daughter. He texts her friends acting like her and even engages with a young boy that likes her. Utterly creepy. The protagonist and the film’s script doesn’t care about grief. Foster’s family dies and he immediately tries to bring them back without thinking about the consequences. That is what we like to call “cowboy shit.” Why would someone want a copy of their deceased family member? Nobody wants a copy. They would want the real person back. I’d rather grieve over the loss than try to bring someone back in a process that could have dire consequences.
This movie is a bad trip and a questionable role decision by Keanu Reeves. I say that this is one of his worst performances. His worst still being the film, Siberia. My HBO Max stopped twice while watching Replicas. I guess that was a hint to watch something else.
Overall rating: 1/5.