Another in a long line of films exploring the dangers of becoming too
dependent on technology. In this one, most people have adopted a stay
at home lifestyle while they experience the world through robotic
surrogates. Able to jack into these mechanical puppets from the comfort
of their own homes, they can experience life as anyone they want, be it
someone who looks completely different or an idealized version of
themselves. Naturally, some people want no part of this lifestyle, but
they are the minority and have their own separate camps set up
throughout the world. For some reason, there hasn't been a murder in
years (couldn't one easily use their surrogate to go into a user's home
and kill them while they obliviously control their own surrey?), but
that changes when the son of the technology's creator is killed while
hooked into his surrogate. Detectives Greer (Bruce Willis) and Peters
(Radha Mitchell) are on the case, but it will go deeper than they
The themes explored here are nothing new, but that doesn't mean the
film can't be entertaining or offer a new way of viewing said themes.
It doesn't really succeed in the case of the latter, but it is
entertaining from time to time. It all comes off feeling a little
generic, but I wasn't bored. A big problem with the film is that at a
scant 89 minutes, it doesn't really have enough time for it's story to
properly find it's footing. Some movies work better with a shorter
running time, but I feel that this one could've used a bit more
fleshing out. The Greer character has an interesting arc involving the
relationship between he and his wife, though it would have been better
with added character development.As is, Bruce Willis is adequate as
Greer, but nothing more. There's not a lot to work with. He does get
more to do than Radha Mitchell, who's talents are wasted. I would
likely say that just seeing her was the best part of the film for me.
There are also some easy to spot plot holes and I noticed a really bad
bit of CGI involving an out of control helicopter. There's not much of
substance here, but people looking for a way to kill some time could do
worse. They could also do so much better.
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Willis makes it watchable
With the action heroes of my generation all too old or M.I.A. (Ford,
Hackman, Eastwood), I have consistently made the comment, "Thank God
for Bruce Willis". Good ole Bruce, aging towards his mid-fifties,
consistently brings action films to our local theatres year after year
after year. As an actor, he has 70+ projects contained within his
historical biography and the guy keeps making bad films mediocre and
mediocre films watchable.
Surprisingly, he has but one credit to his name in 2009, Surrogates, a
film that looks ripped from just about every other science fiction
fantasy you have ever seen or read.
Extracted by a graphic novel by Robert Venditti and Brett Weldele,
Surrogates transports us to a future where people live through robotic
surrogates from the privacy and safety of their own sanctuary and can
manipulate their avatars into either copies of themselves or they can
transform themselves into just about anything they want (I say just
about anything because the world was not full of Megan Fox's). The
opening credits give us a 14 year history of how we got to whatever
future we are in at Present Day.
But when a murder the first in an eon occurs, FBI agent Greer
(Willis) is assigned the case and his subsequent investigation outside
of his own surrogate is filled with enough revelations to bring down
the entire Utopian world.
I can't even begin to ramble of the countless movies the Surrogates
borrows from in an effort to keep us entertained for the very swift 88
minutes of running time. Hell, there were even a few television
programs I thought it copied for certain scenes.
That noted, Surrogates is not all that bad. Director Jonathon Mostow
(Terminator 3 which I actually liked) might not have put the most
seasoned piece of sci-fi on the screen, but he could have done much
worse with the cheesy premise.
The special effects are kinda few and kinda crappy. A scene with a
surrogate riding on the hood of a car was blue screen embarrassment.
But the special effects are kept in tow as Mostow tries for more of an
atmosphere than he does an all out future world experience.
Bruce Willis always throws me off in movies where he has hair and Ving
Rhames shows up as a human (?) who opposes the surrogate conglomerate.
It's been 15 years since Rhames and Willis had screen time together and
I was thankful there was no plastic ball in their mouth and a gimp
parading in front of them while they approached their purpose in the
Surprisingly, for all the borrowing and lack of any true originality,
Surrogates, is watchable. The ideas are all squished (think of a
marshmallow being squeezed through a key hole) into an entertaining if
not enthralling sit that might not exactly be worth $50 and a
babysitter to make a night out of, but it can easily be a rewarding DVD
rental in the new year.
Recommendation is clearly to rent it.