Surrogates

September 25th, 2009








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Surrogates

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Plot
Set in a futuristic world where humans live in isolation and interact through surrogate robots, a cop is forced to leave his home for the first time in years in order to investigate the murders of others' surrogates.

Release Year: 2009

Rating: 6.2/10 (67,190 voted)

Critic's Score: 45/100

Director: Jonathan Mostow

Stars: Bruce Willis, Radha Mitchell, Ving Rhames

Storyline
People are living their lives remotely from the safety of their own homes via robotic surrogates -- sexy, physically perfect mechanical representations of themselves. It's an ideal world where crime, pain, fear and consequences don't exist. When the first murder in years jolts this utopia, FBI agent Greer discovers a vast conspiracy behind the surrogate phenomenon and must abandon his own surrogate, risking his life to unravel the mystery.

Writers: Michael Ferris, John D. Brancato

Cast:
Bruce Willis - Greer
Radha Mitchell - Peters
Rosamund Pike - Maggie
Boris Kodjoe - Stone
James Francis Ginty - Canter
James Cromwell - Older Canter
Ving Rhames - The Prophet
Jack Noseworthy - Strickland
Devin Ratray - Bobby
Michael Cudlitz - Colonel Brendon
Jeffrey De Serrano - Armando
Helena Mattsson - JJ the Blonde
Michael Phillip - Uniformed Cop
Danny F Smith - Victim (as Danny Smith)
Brian A. Parrish - Hard Hat (as Brian Parrish)

Taglines: Human perfection. What could go wrong?



Details

Official Website: Choose Your Surrogate.com | Official site |

Release Date: 25 September 2009

Filming Locations: Boston, Massachusetts, USA

Box Office Details

Budget: $80,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend: $14,902,692 (USA) (27 September 2009) (2951 Screens)

Gross: $38,542,418 (USA) (29 November 2009)



Technical Specs

Runtime:



Did You Know?

Trivia:
The unusual shoulder patch worn by Colonel Brendon is the 26th Infantry Division. A former division of the Massachusetts Army National Guard, it has been deactivated since 1993. The insignia is actually a stylized "YD", for their nickname, "The Yankee Division".

Goofs:
Revealing mistakes: Maggie's hands in the final sequence read too young. They are the hands of a younger woman.

Quotes:
[first lines]
The Prophet: Look at yourselves. Unplug from your chairs, get up and look in the mirror. What you see is how God made you. We're not meant to experience the world through a machine.



User Review

GOOD SCI-FI STORYLINE, but not unforgettable

Rating: 6/10

Surrogates is a sci-fi movie about a future where every human being can connect their bodies into machines & they instantly live a different life through their robotic human-looking surrogates. Anybody can just stay home all day while they are connected online with their surrogates that can just easily live outside in the real world. But when a surrogate was killed along with its user, FBI agent Greer unravels a conspiracy that can lead to the death of billions of lives.

The storyline of this movie falls somewhere around the categories where movies like Blade Runner, Minority Report, and I-Robot belong. A movie that talks about how future technologies can affect human life and provide some philosophical point-of-view that is worth pondering on. The idea of technology progressing into and reaching the boundaries that it becomes an abomination of nature. The movie tends to be thought provoking, but does not make it good enough to be worth an entire evening of discussion.

There were some moments that seemed preachy, but could have been delivered more effectively if given a proper execution or interpretation. I am talking about the moments when our main character realizes the beauty of a world free from technological complexities. We also have the minor subplot of a corporation just concerned about safeguarding their own products. And a main character coming to the realization that these products eventually diminish the humanity of a person.

It is surprising that the weaker point of this movie is the action. The terminator rip-off scenes seemed bland and there was a chase scene with a female surrogate that looked goofy because it employed a "superhero" type of action. To make it worse, there are some visual effects that look like they've been rendered 15 years ago.

With the main character of Bruce Willis running around in his actual human form for most parts of the movie, we realize that he basically is the weaker person in this world of robotic mannequins, and yes we do see him bleed a lot in this movie (it is funny to note that Willis is one of those actors that just look cooler when he gets more scars and bruises, it's like John McClane only without the crazy action). With him being the frail character, that alone clearly reminds you that this is not your regular Bruce Willis action flick. The movie just basically starts out as a futuristic detective-type movie then progresses into the same mood as Willis was in films like "Unbreakable" where he stumbles around a maze that leads him to some enlightening truth.

The high points of this movie lie in the storyline. Second is the way the movie creates this amazing-looking world of a future inhabited mostly by surrogates. The surrealism of the movie is not too far-out that most of what you see seem like they exist in the present world; there are no flying cars or rockets everywhere; its just the simple existence and presence of mannequin-like robots everywhere. The storyline may be good enough to be enjoyably satisfying, but it certainly is not the best, or perhaps not good enough to be groundbreaking.

All in all, SURROGATES is one of those good sci-fi movies that will simply entertain those who are fans of smart sci-fi movies. Action junkies may be a little disappointed though. This is a far cry from Blade Runner, but this certainly gives you a cheaper version of that kind of enjoyment. I loved it. But it is definitely not unforgettable.




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