Tarsem Singh has had a varied career as a director to date, especially for someone who has only made 5 films. There was his debut film back in 2000, The Cell, which was a psychological thriller told mostly within the minds of the characters. The awesome film, The Fall, from 2006, which could be seen as a psychological fantasy film, as it’s mostly told through a fantasy world as told to a child. The 2011, Immortals, an epic sword and sandal film with Greek gods and warrior war lords. The surprisingly good, Mirror Mirror, from 2012, which was a retelling of Snow White. And now his 2015, Self/Less, a psychological sci-fi thriller.
So if a connection was to be made between the films, it’s they have some sort of fantastical or fantasy element, but other than that, they are all very different, and it’s cool seeing a filmmaker tell different kinds of stories. So going into Self/Less, I had actually forgotten this was directed by him, but during it I couldn’t help but feel there was a strong vision behind it, especially with the time they took telling the story. Personally it felt too long, but at the same time at least the filmmaker took the time to tell the story they wanted to.
All of his films are pretty fresh in my mind, all except The Cell which I haven’t seen since I first saw it at the cinemas in 2000, but I think I can safely say this is my least favourite of his films, though that’s not to say I didn’t like it. There was a lot going for the film, from the writing, directing, and acting, but all up the minor plots holes, the length, and maybe the slightly convoluted idea of the whole piece, didn’t make for a fully engaging and entertaining film. So though I did like it, it won’t be for everyone, and could quite possibly be a much better film with 15 to 20 minutes cut out.
7.5 out of 10 from me!!!