Provokr Pick: Replicas

Keanu Reeves Defies Natural Laws

BY: Zak Wojnar; Editor Claire Connors

January is a weird time for the movie business. All of the focus is on December’s combination of awards season contenders and big budget blockbusters, while new releases are generally given a less enthusiastic response. Hollywood’s attention is turned towards The Golden Globes, The Oscars, and all of the other “meat parades,” as George C. Scott called them.

However, there are still interesting things afoot at the multiplex. The so-called January “dumping ground” has a bad reputation, but has been home to many creatively refreshing films, from Taken and Cloverfield to Split and Gangster Squad. They’re not necessarily major blockbusters nor awards bait, but they deserve an audience and can find it in January, where quirky and unorthodox movies can rise to the occasion and prove their worth.

The latest film looking to rise above the competition in this crowded season is Replicas, a unique science fiction movie starring Keanu Reeves and Alice Eve. After his family is killed in a horrible car accident, Will Foster (Reeves) takes matters into his own hands and uses cutting edge technology to effectively bring them back from the dead… And that’s when the fun truly begins.

Directed by Jeffrey Nachmanoff (Traitor, Homeland), the film sports an effective science fiction aesthetic which blends gorgeous production design with admittedly spotty CGI and a bit of old-timey magical realism, creating a truly unique look. The supporting cast includes Jon Ortiz (Miami Vice) and Thomas Middleditch (Silicon Valley) as observers to Foster’s descent into Frankenstein-esque madness.

This type of movie isn’t for everyone, and they often don’t review very well, but that doesn’t mean it’s not worth seeing. After all, reviews are one person’s opinion, and the most divisive movies are often the most provocative, the ones that make some people uncomfortable while others are made to feel included. We like weird movies, the ones that push boundaries and challenge our perceptions.

Plus, we’ll see Keanu Reeves in literally anything. The man is a beautiful testament to humanity’s potential.