Self/less (2015)

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An extremely wealthy elderly man dying from cancer undergoes a radical medical procedure that transfers his consciousness to the body of a healthy young man but everything may not be as good as it seems when he starts to uncover the mystery of the body's origins and the secret organization that will kill to keep its secrets.

"Self/less" is a 2015 American sci-fi thriller movie directed by Tarsem Singh and written by Alex and David Pastor. The motion picture stars Ben Kingsley as a rich entrepreneur who transfers his consciousness to the body of a more youthful man, played by Ryan Reynolds. Highlighting morally difficult aspects of mankind, the story centers on soul-switching, the power of wealth and the definition of identity.

Ben Kingsley plays Damian Hale, a wealthy and powerful real estate mogul in New York, who is identified with terminal cancer. Confronted with his impending death, he chooses a radical medical treatment called "shedding". This treatment, provided by a secretive company referred to as Phoenix Biogenic, involves moving one's mind to a new, genetically engineered body. Following the treatment, Damian awakens in the vibrant body of Ryan Reynolds and starts accepting his brand-new way of life under the guise of Edward Kidner.

He is at first pleased with his brand-new presence and delights in the youth, strength, and vigor that his new body offers. Nevertheless, he starts experiencing hallucinations, which Phoenix Biogenic had actually attributed to his body adapting to the transfer. Damian later on discovers these flashes are really memories of the guy his existing body originally came from, opposing Phoenix Biogenic's claim that the new bodies were lab-grown.

Unraveling the Secret
The memories lead Damian to Madeline, the better half of the guy his brand-new body belonged to, who thinks that her partner, Mark, is dead. Damian discovers that the "shedding" process includes killing the hosts and removing their memories. In understanding this, he now knows that Mark was a victim being sacrificed for rich individuals seeking immortality.

Handling the Conflict
Dr. Albright, the head of Phoenix Biogenic, discovers Damian's growing awareness and attempts to capture and kill him. The movie then takes a thrilling turn as Damian, feeling guilty about inhabiting Mark's body, starts a fight versus Phoenix Biogenic to protect Madeline and Mark's child. It ends up being a race against time as he attempts to expose the organization for its dishonest practices, all the while his own health weakening due to lack of medication needed for his body to accept his consciousness.

Finally, in a generous act to save Mark's child, Damian activates a procedure that would eliminate his consciousness and bring back Mark. He uses his last minutes to alert the world about Phoenix Biogenic before Mark gains back control of his body. The movie ends with Mark, now with memories of Damian's past life, promising to avenge all the victims of Phoenix Biogenic.

"Self/less" is a thought-provoking movie that checks out the ethical boundaries of mankind's mission for immortality. It encapsulates styles of consciousness, morality, remorse, greed, innovation, and the human spirit in an appealing and captivating story. The film serves as both an exciting thriller and a contemplative piece about the ethics of life-prolonging technology.

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