The Keanu Reeves sci-fi movie Replicas is so terrible it could give you an existential crisis - The A.V. Club
Avclub.com - Fri 11 Jan 21:48 GMT

The Keanu Reeves sci-fi movie Replicas is so terrible it could give you an existential crisis - The A.V. Club

Replicas, the astonishingly inept new Keanu Reeves vehicle, plays less like a science-fiction thriller than some malfunctioning computer’s unconvincing approximation of one. If you woke up in a glitching simulation, this janky garbage would be projected on ev…

  Photo: Entertainment Studios Motion Nachmanoff Cast Keanu Reeves, Thomas Middleditch, Alice Eve, John Ortiz Availability Theaters everywhere January 11 Replicas, the astonishingly inept new Keanu Reeves vehicle, plays less like a science-fiction thriller than some malfunctioning computer’s unconvincing approximation of one.

  The distributor, meanwhile, is the hilariously fake-sounding Entertainment Studios Motion Pictures, while the production company is called, no joke, Company Films.

  In what qualifies, by default, as the most plausible element of the film, Reeves stars as a neuroscientist, Will Foster, who manages to clone his family after a fatal (and clumsily staged) car accident, inserting their memories into rapidly gestating new bodies.

  Because he has access to just three incubation pods, Will can only bring back his wife (Alice Eve) and two of his children, which means he also has to scrub away all their memories of the third kid—a pseudoscientific task that this pseudo-movie depicts as a simple click-and-delete process, like Eternal Sunshine by way of iMovie.

  Meanwhile, director Jeffrey Nachmanoff somehow manages to coax worse performances from his actors than what he might have gotten out of CGI avatars of them: Eve comes across like a stilted Stepford Wife automaton even before the character is brought back in test-tube form, while John Ortiz, cast as the slimeball corporate villain, delivers his lines as if he’s memorized them phonetically.