By Tatiana Maslany in Orphan Black and Paul Rudd en Living with yourself, nothing impresses me more than the performance of clones. When can an actor act in front of himself and make the audience believe that we are seeing two different people? There is nothing like it. And Mahershala Ali, who stars in the new sci-fi drama. Swan song on Apple TV +, it delivers some of the best clone performances I’ve seen in years.
Written and directed by Benjamin Cleary, Swan song takes place in the not too distant future, when smartphones have been replaced by computerized contact lenses and cloning technology is perfect. Ali plays Cameron Turner, a devoted husband and father who has been diagnosed with a terminal illness. Instead of spending his final days hugging his family, Cameron considers a harrowing option: to replace himself with a healthy, indistinguishable clone. Your family will never know and will never experience the pain of losing you. But the real Cameron will die alone.
It is cutting edge technology, but it is still very new. Dr. Scott (Glenn Close) is the brain behind the project; Cameron will be his fourth client to date. While Dr. Scott insists this will work, Cameron is understandably skeptical. The most surprising scene in the movie comes about an hour after Cameron has finally met his clone, whom they call “Jack.” You can feel Cameron’s apprehension growing the more time he spends with Jack, but Ali keeps it subtle. Cameron is a polite person, even with the guy who will replace him. But his control is exhausted when Jack video calls Cameron’s wife Poppy (Naomie Harris) for the first time.
Ali makes it clear that it’s not just jealousy that prompts Cameron to hang up the call. Is fear. In the emotional fight between Cameron and Jack that follows, which, again, Ali is acting out himself, you won’t know who to support. For one thing, you can hardly blame Cameron for not being able to sit idly by and watch him get replaced. But you can’t help but feel that Jack is right when he accuses Cameron of being selfish, especially when he drops this bomb: Cameron resents Poppy for withdrawing in her grief after her brother’s death. You can tell by the look on Cameron’s face that Jack is telling the truth.
Unbelievably, despite the fact that they are supposed to be undetectable from each other, Ali keeps these two distinct characters in the slightest bit of form. Jack is a little cooler, more naive, and less jaded than Cameron. While they argue, Jack suffers a dizziness; a symptom of your terminal illness. As Jack, who is quick to stabilize his image, Ali changes from hostility to concern in the blink of an eye. As Cameron, who rejects his clone, he radiates shame and despair, not wanting to admit that he needs help. The layers of Ali’s performance are endless, right down to the last scene he shares with himself at the end, when the man and the carbon copy come to a gentle understanding.
While Ali, who has won the Oscar for Best Supporting Actor twice so far, hasn’t exactly been a frontrunner in the 2022 Oscar talks so far, the award nominations are still more than a month away. . And that means anything can happen. Ali has already earned recognition for his Swan song acting, earning a Golden Globe nomination for Best Actor in a Movie â ???? Drama. One thing is for sure: if there was a category for Best Clone Performance, the Oscar would surely go to Ali.