(Keanu Reeves, Alice Eve, Emily Alyn Lind, John Ortiz, et al / Blu-ray+DVD+Digital / PG-13 / 2019 / Lionsgate Films)
Overview: In this suspenseful sci-fi thriller, Keanu Reeves stars as William Foster, a neuroscientist on the verge of transferring human consciousness into a computer when his beloved wife (Alice Eve) and children are tragically killed in a car crash.
Desperate to resurrect his family, William recruits a fellow scientist (Thomas Middleditch) to help secretly clone their bodies and create replicas. When William learns that he can only replicate three of the four family members, he makes a decision with fateful consequences.
Blu-ray Verdict: 'Replicas' is a decent science fiction thriller that has some interesting concept and ideas but ultimately falls short from having a terrible script, illogical twists, and (for the most part) dull performances.
Without trying to give away many spoilers, William (Keanu Reeves) works for a biomedical research in trying to transfer a mind of a dead person into an android. After an failed attempt.
William's wife Mona (Alice Eve), his son Matt (Emjay Anthony), Sophie (Emily Alyn Lind), and Zoe (Aria Leabu) are involved an accident and so William becomes a "mad scientist" that will do whatever it takes to save them all.
In truth, the film could have been so much more. It has an interesting concept at play such as cloning a human being and transferring their minds into the new body.
I mean, the science in the movie talks about "Booting sequences" and "M-Phases", like it's the '90. None of the technology even tries to sound or look believable!
That said, it also contains some very thought provoking ideas of deleting memories. William becomes this "mad scientist" that wants to go beyond the laws of nature to save his family and so he steals the lab equipment and has it set in his basement.
Even his coworker/ friend Ed (Thomas Middleditch) becomes worried of William's obsession in his research.
Sadly, the film does have some faults along with some rather questionable CGI effects (that just look horrible, sorry). Especially in the scene with the android coming to life as it just looks like a bad Claymation!
Also, the script has some laughable dialogue that seems out of place or unbelievable at times. The first hour of the movie is dull, to be frank, as all we get to see is the "mad scientist" do what he thinks is experimentally best.
Overall and playing Devil's Advocate, on the contrary to the belief that robots will be enemies of the human beings, the movie brought a new perspective about turning technology into some kind of an emotional bond between humans and robots.
Therefore, the movie reflected the idea that the synthetic future does not have to be completely separated from the emotional, on the contrary it can be adapted to humane emotions and morals.
Moreover, it approached the technology in a realistic way in terms of combining good and evil between robots and humans and reflecting them with flaws and fragility.
Overall, 'Replicas' is a fair film. It has some entertaining science fiction moments with the concepts delved into after the first hour and the script kept ticking along.
The latter third of the film does include some thriller elements, but most are less than edge of the seat stuff. It does, however, keep the pace going and come the final moments, well, you might well have your own thoughts on what happens and how it happens (I hope you do). This is a Widescreen Presentation (2.39:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs and comes with the Special Features of:
Audio Commentary with Director Jeffrey Nachmanoff and Executive Producer James Dodson
Imprint Complete: The Making of Replicas
The 'Replicas' Blu-ray™ Combo Pack and DVD will be available for the suggested retail price of $24.99 and $19.98, respectively.