Replicas is a 2018 American science-fiction film directed by Jeffrey Nachmanoff and starring Keanu Reeves.
William Foster is a brilliant neuroscientist who loses his wife, son and two daughters in a tragic car accident. Utilising cutting-edge technology, William comes up with a daring and unprecedented plan to download their memories and clone their bodies. As the experiment begins to spiral out of control, Foster soon finds himself at odds with his dubious boss, a reluctant accomplice, a police task force and the physical laws of science.
Why It Sucks
- Bad acting from pretty much everyone, particularly Keanu Reeves and Alice Eve, who have no chemistry and act lifeless.
- The plot is bad.
- It's convoluted and incoherent, trying to do too many things at once.
- It uses a lot of science fiction cliches that have been done better elsewhere.
- The movie is really slow-paced.
- Bad writing and script.
- The dialogue is cheesy and hamfisted.
- The movie is overreliant on exposition, which is delivered rather blatantly.
- The plot contains too many unintentionally funny moments when it is supposed to be taken seriously.
- The CGI robot is extremely cheap and unconvincing.
- There are loads of plot holes, inconsistencies, and things that just make no sense.
- Why do the clones take 17 days to grow, despite their sources being different ages?
- Foster decides not to clone his daughter Zoe because they only have three cloning vats. Why doesn't he just clone her again later with one of the three he has? Indeed, he actually does at the end of the film!
- The ending is extremely saccharine and cheesy.
- The concept of a neuroscientist trying to bring back his dead family is great. Plus, the plot had some decent potential, if written and acted better.
- Some of the acting and dialogue is unintentionally funny.
- The soundtrack is nice to listen to.
The movie received negative reviews, with an 11% critic and 33% audience score on Rotten Tomatoes, with the consensus "Equal parts plot holes and unintentional laughs, Replicas is a ponderously lame sci-fi outing that isn't even bad enough to be so bad it's good". It was also a box-office bomb, only making about $9 million back of its $30 million budget.