Surrogates

Surrogates

(2009)

In this sci-fi thriller, FBI agents (Bruce Willis and Radha Mitchell) investigate the mysterious murder of a college student linked to the man who helped create a high-tech surrogate phenomenon that allows people to purchase unflawed robotic versions of themselves – fit, good looking remotely controlled machines that ultimately assume their life roles – enabling people to experience life vicariously from the comfort and safety of their own homes.  ... More

The murder spawns a quest for answers:  in a world of masks, who’s real and who can you trust?  Directed by Jonathan Mostow (Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines).Hide

On Demand, DVD & Blu-Ray

Available from 4 providers

Flicks Review

Give Surrogates half a chance to breathe on its own terms and you'll be surprised at how well it holds up. It's as subversive as a mega-budgeted picture could ever be, packed with plot twists and – clocking in at a trim 88 minutes – refuses to outstay its welcome. Unless you're easily distracted by its similarities to Blade Runner and The Matrix, there's a good chance you'll enjoy this taught thriller.

I would watch Surrogates again, quite happily. I'd relish the chance to spot the subtle details that help immerse us in its futuristic world. Take, for example, the way the film's actors incorporate the tiniest of 'robotic movements' when portraying a surrogate; it's just enough to sell the illusion but not so much that it becomes a distraction. The confidence of director Jonathan Mostow makes us feel that Surrogates' future is plausible, even if we don't completely understand it.

A prologue is offered to help explain everything but it's not quite enough to address all of our questions. Would such a large percentage of humanity really want to live vicariously via an android? Doubtful. Still, it's Bruce Willis, back on form, holding a badge and a gun, right? Provided you don't mind filling in a few plot-holes on behalf of the writers, you'll have a good time.


The Peoples' Reviews

Average ratings from 4 ratings, 4 reviews
Reviewed & Rated by
Your rating & review
Rate / Review this movie

BY Lillian lister

I love sci-fi films and had high hopes for it, but really it felt like one out of the 80s. I could not understand the character's motivation for what they did except at a very shallow level.


worth a watch,a good sci-fi thriller, the ending may be predictable but still worth watching.


fantastic movie, very thought provoking


loved it from START TO FINISH, very thought prevoking, great action and special effects, Bruce at his gritty best, highly recomend, would watch it again and again


The Press Reviews

39% of critics recommend.
Rotten Tomatoes Score. More reviews on Rotten Tomatoes

  • Surrogates is entertaining and ingenious, but it settles too soon for formula. Full Review

  • While the echoes with our present day are disturbingly believable, the film is also somewhat predictable. Full Review

  • There’s enough here to tickle the brain cells, and just enough to satisfy the eyes, but the whole thing is so slight and so low-key that it borders on the redundant. If you can somehow find a surrogate to go watch it, by all means do so. Full Review

  • A mechanical sci-fi'er absent of logic or emotions. It functions as an expensive place-filler on the Disney release schedule and, as such, will be welcomed by only the least discriminating thriller fans. Full Review

  • An interesting idea, but unfortunately, the film's narrative and emotional engine operate as mechanically as the titular, dead-eyed glamazoids. Full Review

  • In this kind of industrial entertainment, particularly one that seems to be missing some connective narrative tissue, it’s hard to know if the writers or the director can be credited or blamed for what’s left on screen. Full Review

  • A curious blend of Minority Report, The Island and The Stepford Wives, Surrogates feels like a film with very little purpose. Slickly made, but lifeless. Bit like the eponymous clones then. Call us for the sequel though… Seriously. Full Review

  • Mostow's smart speculative suspenser imagines a time when people can live through ideal versions of themselves while they sit wired up at home. Full Review

The Talk
No votes yet

Want to see it

What say you?