The plot find Reeves playing a neuro scientist who loses his wife (Alice Eve) and kids in a car accident. He decides to get the help of a fellow scientist (Thomas Middleditch, Silicon Valley) to secretly clone their bodies and create replicas. No prizes for guessing that things don’t exactly go well after that.
Production on this one took place back in 2016 and had been circling distribution for a while until Entertainment Studios picked up the film for $US4 million after a private screening at the 2017 Toronto International Film Festival. Fingers crossed the delayed release doesn’t suggest anything about the film’s quality.
Replicas, also starring Emily Alyn, Emjay Anthony, Nyasha Hatendi, and John Ortiz, hits US cinemas on 11 January 2019.
Official synopsis for Replicas:
In this sci-fi thriller, neuro-scientist William Foster (Keanu Reeves) 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 a “Sophie’s choice” when it turns out that they can only bring three of the four family members back to life.