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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Movie initially seems to be going for a classic, Frankenstein-style theme about whether humankind has the right to meddle in affairs of creation, but it's dropped halfway, and there's ultimately no questioning whether what the scientist has done is right or wrong.
Positive Role Models
The characters are ridiculous, and hardly anything they do makes any sense.
Violence & Scariness
Guns and shooting. Dead bodies. Small blood puddle, bloody wounds. Scary car crash; character is stabbed with the broken branch from a fallen tree, car tumbles down embankment into the water, four characters (including three children) die. Characters beaten with blunt object and strangled by a robot. Needles are stuck into eyes. Creepy, violent robot panic attack (tearing at own face, punching people). Choking. Needle injected into a character's arm. Temper tantrum involves smashing the wall with a baseball bat. Characters get electric shocks. Car chase.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Main female character emerges from a pod naked, but nothing graphic is shown. Sexual innuendo. A boat is named "Cheatin' Hussy" (with a picture of a woman in a bikini). A character says to another, "make love to your wife."
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Several uses of "s--t." Also "hell," "goddamn," "bastard," "oh God," "boned," "piss."
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Replicas is a sci-fi thriller about a scientist (Keanu Reeves) who brings his dead family back to life via cloning and consciousness-transferring. The main issue is violence; expect to see guns and shooting, dead bodies, blood, a terrible car crash (in which children die), temper tantrums, beatings, choking, injections, etc. There are also a few suggestive scenes: A female character emerges naked from a pod (nothing graphic is shown), a boat is named the "Cheatin' Hussy" (with a picture of a woman in a bikini), and there's some innuendo. Language includes several uses of "s--t" and "hell," plus "bastard," "goddamn," and more. Full of nonsense and logic loopholes, it's only recommended as an unintentional comedy. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
This frustrating failure of a sci-fi thriller is so full of lapses in logic and is so consistently nonsensical that its many mistakes completely eclipse all attempts at story and character. Written by Chad St. John (London Has Fallen, Peppermint), Replicas starts out as a variation on the Frankenstein theme, with humans meddling in affairs of existence. But then the movie switches from a mad-scientist drama to a brain-dead thriller and drops any kind of cautionary themes it might have had. As the scientist, the grave Reeves is all wrong; a loopier actor (Woody Harrelson? Nicolas Cage?) could have given the role some camp, but here we're asked to take Will's bizarre plight seriously.
The screenplay is perhaps the worst offender. It acknowledges most of the problems involved with bringing (all but one of) your family back to life, such as why aren't the kids at school? Why isn't Mona at work? But it deals with them quickly and carelessly, as if sweeping evidence under a rug and leaving a huge lump. Plus, it never explains why Ed would go along with Will's harebrained -- and illegal -- scheme. Replicas is the kind of movie in which the main character crashes his car at the beginning and then climbs into another, uncrashed car at the end (as part of a car chase), without any explanation about where it came from. The only thing Replicas might be good for is a few unintentional laughs.
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