If only I had more time to live my life… We all think it and we all feel it. But what if you were able to take that time – for a price? In the provocative psychological science fiction thriller Self/less, director Tarsem Singh explores the consequences of taking a life to live forever.
Billionaire industrialist Damian Hale (Academy Award winner 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 of Downton Abbey), 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 of The Good Wife), 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 side effects.”
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 impacted.
A Gramercy Pictures and Endgame Entertainment presentation of a Ram Bergman production. A Tarsem Singh Film. Ryan Reynolds. Self/less. Natalie Martinez, Matthew Goode, Victor Garber, Derek Luke, Michelle Dockery, and Ben Kingsley. Casting by Mary Vernieu, CSA, and Venus Kanani, CSA. Music by Antonio Pinto. Costume Designer, Shay Cunliffe. Editor, Robert Duffy. Production Designer, Tom Foden. Director of Photography, Brendan Galvin. Executive Producers, Julie Goldstein, Dave Pomier, Lia Buman. Produced by Ram Bergman, James D. Stern, Peter Schlessel. Written by Alex Pastor & David Pastor. Directed by Tarsem Singh. A Gramercy Pictures Release.