Occasionally a not so big movie does something that is so right that you have to forgive some of its sins and give it some love. This is the case with Keanu Reeves' latest film, Replicas which uses a HoloLens style device and gives us a glimpse of how such an augmented reality device can be used in future research labs shows Reeves as a neuroscientist who has developed a method to transplant memories and consciousness from the body of a person into a humanoid robot and later a clone of flesh and bone.
Good science fiction motives are often the Biggest Ideas, and indeed this is one of the biggest and, after some, most difficult scientific breakthroughs that some tackle in real life. But that does not stop Replicas delving deep into the idea, as this makes the whole process so easy that you wipe some AR interfaces and bake new bodies in incubator tubes for 1
Even fans of fancy sci-fi B-movie fun will find much of what Replicas tries to accept as part of the film's world as overly simplified, inexplicable and generally quite sloppy. So it was so strange to suddenly find some great (albeit painted) illustrations in the movie about how devices like the HoloLens and the Magic Leap One can be used in the near future.
Without looking too deeply into the weeds beyond the ridiculous Guessing things that happen in the movie, in short the AR device The neuroscientist Reeves uses allows him to look into a person's brain and work on their memories. Of course, to make this possible, the person must first have a massive needle inserted into the eye to reach their brains and record their brain pattern.
This easy-bake solution skips the long-debated question of whether a person's memories are equal to their consciousness as a person (which, if possible, could cause everyone to become robotic bodies and become immortal, whee! #Transhumanism ).
But if you have all these inexplicable leaps of voodoo It's pretty funny to watch Reeves regularly on the AR headset and start moving toward the (fictional) future. In a way, the AR image reminds Tony Stark in his Iron Man but by adding the AR visor and headband, the film just makes the supposed science a little more plausible.
However, the science-fiction world of [Science] [Science Science] is inspired by science fiction, so it's possible that some researchers from the real world take a look to film and think, "Hmm, maybe it's time to give the HoloLens a look?" Sure, that is already the case for some in different areas, but such devices are far from ubiquitous. In this regard, Replica's may be a great advertisement for high-end AR despite its shortcomings.
As for the movie itself, which also has Alice Eve ( Star Trek: Star Trek: Into Darkness Netflix's Iron Fist ), it had a limited-release indie release in November officially debut in US cinemas on January 11th. The full trailer can be found below.