Monday, April 29, 2019

Blu-ray Review: Replicas


Does anyone remember hearing about a the movie Replicas being released to theatres back in January? If your answer is no, don't worry you're not the only who's never heard of it either!

Replicas landed on Blu-ray, DVD, and Digital earlier this month from Lionsgate Home Entertainment

Directed by Jeffrey Nachmanoff and written for the screen by Chad St. John based on the story by Stephen Hamel, the film stars Keanu Reeves as William Foster, a neuroscientist who moved his family to Puerto Rico when he took a job working for the Bionyne Corporation. Along with cloning scientist Ed Whittle (played by Thomas Middleditch), William is attempting to transfer the mind of dead soldiers into robots. Despite many attempts, their experiments have failed.

While on a family trip, William, his wife Mona (played by Alice Eve) and their children Sophie, Matt, and Zoe are involved in a car crash. William is the only the survivor. Instead of calling the authorities, he ends up calling Ed to help him recover their bodies and take them back home, where he plans on cloning their bodies with technology that Ed sort of borrowed from the Bionyne Corporation. Sadly, there were only 3 cloning tank available, so William must make a horrible decision not to clone one of his children.

The cloning process only takes 17 days per clone, and during that time William brainstorms on how to successfully copy the human mind's neural pathways to an artificial mind. Luckily for him, he succeeds just in the nick of time. However, bringing his family back from the dead will have deadly consequences.

Blu-ray Special Features include:
  • Audio Commentary with Director Jeffery Nachmanoff and Executive Producer James Dodson
  • Imprint Collection: The Making of Replicas
  • Deleted Scenes

Final Thoughts

After watching Replicas on Blu-ray, I learned the film received mostly negative reviews from critics who complained about the acting, plotholes, and the writing. I'm not for sure what movie they're referring to, as I had no problems with the acting. Actually, Keanu Reeves did a good job playing a grieving husband and father who would go to great lengths to bring his family back from death. Yes, there are several plotholes, but none of the issues stopped me from enjoying the film. Personally, I thought the film was really entertaining for 3/4 of the running time; then it got a little predictable when William (played by Reeves) learned the really "reasons" why the company he works for is so interested in artificial life. I have no idea why the filmmakers ended the move the way that it ends, as it does feel a bit rushed and open-ended.

The picture and sound quality on the Blu-ray are excellent. The Blu-ray also comes with a DVD and a Digital code.

Overall, Replicas is an underrated science fiction flick that deserves to have a second life on Blu-ray. While the movie has many flaws, I enjoyed watching it! 
*Note: I received a review copy from Lionsgate Home Entertainment.
All opinions are my own.

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