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
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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.