Sometimes such a good movie also makes something so that you have to forgive some of their sins and give it some love. This is the case with the latest movie from Keanu Reeves, Replicas who takes a HoloLens-style unit and gives us a look at how that type of extended reality can be used in future research laboratories,
The film presents Reeves as a neuroscientist who has developed a method for transplanting memories and consciousness from a person's body to a humanoid robot and later a meat and bone clone.
Good science fiction often shoots for the greatest ideas, and this is truly one of the greatest and, according to some, the most difficult scientific breakthroughs, some try to address in real life. But it does not prevent Replicas from going deep with the thought, as it makes the whole process as simple as seeping at some AR interfaces and baking new bodies in incubator pod for 17 days.
Even fans of outlandish sci-fi B movie environment come to find much of what Replicas is trying to make you accept as part of the film world as too simplistic, too unexplained and generally rather sloppy. Therefore, it was so strange to suddenly find some good (albeit finished) illustrations in the film about how devices such as HoloLens and Magic Leap One can be used in the near future.
Without Getting Too Deep In The Weed Of The Ugly Things That happens in film, in short, the AR unit that neuroscientific Reeves uses allows him to be compared to a person's brain and edit his memories. To do this, of course, a person must first have a massive needle inserted into the eye to reach his brain and record his brain pattern.
This Easy-Bake solution completely skips the discussed issue of whether a person's memories are equal to their consciousness as a person (which, if possible, can cause everyone to move to robotic bodies and become immortal, whee! #Transhumanism).
But if you can ignore all the inexplicable voodoo science the leaps, it is actually quite fun to watch Reeves regularly don AR headset and start preserving its way to (fictitious) future. In a way, the AR images of Tony Stark in their Iron Man remind you, but by adding the AR visor and headband, the movie pretends science looks a little more credible.
Nevertheless, science fantasy affects the world of real science and technology often inspired by science fiction, so it is possible that some real scholars may have a look at this film and think, "Hmm, maybe it's time to actually give HoloLens a look?" Sure, this is already happening to some in different areas, but such devices are far from commonplace. In that regard, Replicas despite their shortcomings, may inadvertently be a good advertisement for high-end AR.
As for the movie itself, which also stars Alice Eve ( Star Trek: In Darkness Netflix ] Iron Fist ), it had a limited indie release in November and will officially debut in US theaters on January 11. You can check out the entire trailer below.