Starring: Keanu Reeves, Alice Eve, Thomas Middleditch, John Ortiz, Emily Alyn Lind, Emjay Anthony, Nyasha Hatendi Scott
OUR RATING: ★★★½
Sci-fi thriller directed by Jeffrey Nachmanoff which centers on neuro-scientist William Foster (Keanu Reeves), who is on the verge of successfully transferring human consciousness into a computer when his family is tragically killed in a car crash. Desperate to resurrect them, William recruits fellow scientist, Ed Whittle (Thomas Middleditch), to help him secretly clone their bodies and create replicas. But he soon faces an impossible choice when it turns out that they can only bring three of the four family members back to life.
Best Quotes (Total Quotes: 18)
Will Foster: This man is dead. Yet his neurological data is still accessible. We are going to take his biological brain, imprint it into that synthetic brain, replicate the human mind.
Will Foster: Standby to initiate neural imprint.
[after uploading a dead soldier’s neural map into the android synthetic brain]
Android: Who am I?
Will Foster: Sergeant. Try to relax.
Android: Who am I?!
[looks at his android body in horror]
Will Foster: Sergeant.
[the android rips its face off]
Will Foster: Sergeant! Sergeant Kelly!
Android: Who am I?!
Will Foster: Sergeant Kelly!
[the robot starts to bash itself]
Will Foster: Turn it off. The imprint failed.
Jones: In my world, progress is measured in results, which we don’t have. The truth is, I’m not sure how much longer I can keep the lights on. Turns out, colossal and repeated failure tends to spook shareholders. Who knew?
Will Foster: This is my life’s work. I moved my family here, made sacrifices. I promise you, I am this close.
Jones: Well, it just isn’t close enough, is it, Bill? But don’t let it ruin your weekend or anything.
Will Foster: I’m on the verge of a breakthrough, Mona. Soldiers, accident victims, Alzheimer’s. Lives that won’t have to be cut short. But something’s preventing the synthetic from achieving watershed consciousness.
Mona Foster: Maybe there’s more that makes us human, like a soul.
Will Foster: We’re the sum total of what has happened to us and how we’ve processed it. That’s what makes us us. It’s all neurochemistry.
Mona Foster: Do you really believe that? That’s all I am? Your children? Just pathways, electrical signals, and chemistry? You have kids that love you and a wife that adores you. And we have a scientist.
Ed Whittle: Look, William, I know you’ve been through hell, but you need to understand something here, okay? The first few animals I cloned came out blind. Their skulls were deformed. Their internal organs, they weren’t internal anymore, man. That’s what a mistake here means. And if we make a mistake, I need to know if you’re prepared to terminate.
Will Foster: We just won’t make a mistake.
Will Foster: We’ve transferred biological to biological on cloned animals. Rats, monkeys.
Ed Whittle: Not human beings, man.
Will Foster: You’ve seen it, we can do it.
Ed Whittle: What if something horrible goes wrong?
Will Foster: Something already has.
Will Foster: Okay. Alright. That happened.
Will Foster: I couldn’t put another person through that.
Ed Whittle: Well, you picked a hell of a time to grow a conscience. I hope you’re ready to go to jail, lose your family, because that’s what’s going to happen if we don’t get 345 to work. So you better figure something out, soon.
[to Sophie, after erasing the nightmare of her death from her memories]
Will Foster: There now. All better. It’ll be like it never happened.
Mona Foster: William, what’s going on?
Will Foster: Mona, can we go upstairs?
Mona Foster: What have you done to Sophie?
Will Foster: I gave her a little sedative.
Mona Foster: You did what?
Will Foster: She’s okay.
Mona Foster: What?
Will Foster: Mona, please. Let’s talk upstairs.
Mona Foster: No, William. Tell me the truth.
Will Foster: There was a crash. You and the kids died. I brought you back. You’re replicas.
Mona Foster: I’m dead.
Will Foster: You’re alive. You’re you. Matt is alive upstairs. Sophie, and no one has to know.
Mona Foster: How could you do this?
Will Foster: I watched our children die. I held your lifeless body in my arms, and I thought I could bring you back. What would you have done?
[referring to Mona, Matt and Sophie]
Jones: Subjects 346, 347, 348. Bionyne property, Bill. Desperation has driven many a great man to accomplish the impossible. Fate caused that car crash. I just let things play out. Color me impressed, but now I have a problem. Three, actually. Do you know what would happen if word of this ever got out?
Will Foster: Nobody has to know. Nobody will ever know.
Jones: Mona knows. How long until Sophie and Matt start asking questions? Maybe their friends will. Lies are messy. I’m not in the business of messy, it’s risky. Simple is safe. Those three subjects in the wild is something I cannot tolerate.
Mona Foster: William, I need to know what’s going on. And who is Zoe?
Will Foster: Zoe is our daughter. I couldn’t bring you all back. I couldn’t save you all. There weren’t enough pods. I deleted her from your memories.
Mona Foster: You took the memory of my child from me?
Will Foster: I’m sorry. And I don’t blame you if you want to hate me for the rest of my life, but right now, we have to go. Bionyne isn’t a medical company. I don’t even know what they are. But they’re going to kill you and the kids, unless we go, right now. And I didn’t defy every natural law there is just to lose you again. We have to go.
Ed Whittle: Look, Mona, we stole millions of dollars worth of Bionyne equipment to make you.
Mona Foster: Make me?
Ed Whittle: Yes, make you. To bring you back. You died, remember? I was supposed to get rid of the bodies. Your bodies. I couldn’t do it. And then Jones found out, and, look, if we just play ball, we can make it out of this.
Ed Whittle: William, man, I’m sorry.This wasn’t supposed to happen. This got way out of hand.
Will Foster: It’s alright, Ed. It’s going to be okay.
Will Foster: I destroyed the algorithm.
Jones: I noticed that.
Will Foster: The only place that algorithm exists is in my head. You want it, we walk out of here. You never see us again. Me and my family disappear.
Jones: Bill, are you negotiating?
Will Foster: You need me.
Jones: Maybe. But I don’t need her.
Will Foster: Jones, wait!
[he points his gun and kills Ed]
Jones: Or him.
[referring to Mona]
Jones: This thing, it’s a copy. I mean, you really don’t get it? The experiment’s over, Bill.
Will Foster: No, it isn’t.
Will Foster: What’s it feel like?
Subject 345: This is going to sound strange.But it feels like me.
Total Quotes: 18
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