Thursday, July 16, 2015
Worldview Review: "Self/less"
This beautifully told parable in the guise of a sci-fi action thriller is not recommended for the young'uns, but for adults and young adults with well-formed consciences (say, anyone capable of appreciating St. Augustine's Confessions), I'd have to say it's a must-see.
1) It's a beautiful advertisement for New Orleans, and it's nice to see Hollywood notice that life does exist in the U.S. in places other than New York City and various California coastal cities.
2) I'm always surprised to find that Ryan Reynolds can actually act. His physical type is such that I always expect him to be merely a "face man"--and then he repeatedly reminds me that I am mistaken (not that I've seen much of his work, or would recommend any of his other films that I have seen, other than perhaps "Buried"). I've no idea if he could handle a stage performance, but a movie actor he certainly is. Ben Kingsley and Victor Garber, as always, are a pleasure to watch work. It would be nice to see more of Derek Luke; he has a great presence but we didn't get to see enough of him here.
3) Ten "Venture Points" to anyone who, after seeing the movie, leaves in the comments here the same "moral of the story" that I had bounding through my head as I left the theater.