Sci-fi Sundays: Body-Swapping with Seconds, Self/less, and Advantageous

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Last week, I got very angry at the nearly-universally-panned Tarsem Singh film Self/less for squandering a good science fiction premise in a morass of bland fight scenes. It’s a premise that should have raised countless, thought-provoking questions about relationships, aging, income inequality, and what makes a life worth living. As it is, the most fun I had with Self/less was using it as an excuse to watch two far better identity-swapping movies, 1966 thriller Seconds and 2015 indie film Advantageous — and a chance to map out what the perennial sci-fi trope actually means.

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