Surrogate takes one of the oldest crime thriller plots a suspended
cop perseveres to solve the crime on his own and blends it with
multilayer new plots. In simplest term, "surrogates" are PHYSICAL
robots that do not have robot minds (so forget about Isaac Asimov and
all that artificial intelligence stuff). Instead, they are run by
actual human beings ("operators") via a remote control technology. The
operators sit on a dental-type chair and wears mental caps (not unlike
Professor Xavier's in "X-men") to control their surrogates. The idea is
to allow them to enjoy the sight and sound in any venue (I'm not sure
about other sensations though, erotic or otherwise) without being
placed in physical risk. In an actual example in the movie, a guy being
beaten up laughs and makes faces at the assailant all the way to the
point when he becomes "face-off" with the underlying metal structure
These surrogates are so common that they are sold in stores as any
other consumer items (clothes, for example) and they come in a wide
range of quality from the crudest model that look like show window
dummies to some that can pass as real human beings. Also coming in a
wide spectrum is how these surrogates are actually used. Some owners
have just one model that are visual replicas of themselves, while
others (the rich, obviously) may have a dozen surrogates all of
different shapes and sizes as they have cars. To take the plot into one
more layer, a skillful manipulator can "hijack" a surrogate (or if you
like a term with supernatural flavour: "possess"), which I'm sure
reminds you of many different movies in the "Body Snatchers" genre.
The fun comes, right at the beginning of the movie, when the impossible
happens: the operator dies as a result of an assault of his surrogate
elsewhere. A pair of FBI agents played by Bruce Willis and Radha
Mitchell is assigned to investigate. What we see mostly is of course
their surrogates (initially at least), in both cases in the
close-resemblance-replica category. As the plot unfolds, we are also
introduced to communities of surrogate-haters who have established and
live in surrogate-free zones.
This is a well paced, unusually short (less than 90 minutes) sci-fi
thriller that has a decent story, good acting and direction, as well as
some un-contrived simple messages, the focal point of which is Willis's
character's predicament of never being able to see his wife (Rosamund
Pike) in flesh even at time when he gets off the surrogate routine
(usually after work). His wife, gradually aging and becoming a
prescription drug junkie, chooses to lock herself in her room and live
her life through a glamorous surrogate. This part is easy to guess.
There are of course the usual plot twists that are not extremely
difficult to figure out.
The perceptive reader would have already seen the unique challenge to
the actors who play both the human and the surrogate. For Willis it's
rather straightforward and the challenge really is to portray the man
who yearns to see and hold his wife in flesh and blood rather than in
surrogate. For Mitchell whose human character appears only briefly as a
normal detective who is tired after a day's work, the challenge lies in
a different dimension. Towards the end, the surrogate she plays in this
movie is "possessed", not just once, but twice, by two different
individuals, both men. Without an iota of change in physical
appearance, she has to project the different personalities of these two
men. As to Pike, her challenge is to project the contrast between the
glamorous surrogate and the pale shadow of a woman behind. All three
are good actors and have no problem in delivering..
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Pretty Good ...
From reading the mixed reviews, I went into this with low expectations.
I left the theater being entertained. The direction, acting, special
effects are all A-Grade. The only drawback is that it felt rushed and
over edited. There were a couple characters that I wish were more
fleshed out. I think a directors cut on DVD will take care of these
issues. This is a movie to be seen though on the big screen. The whole
concept seems very familiar when watching this movie (if you are fan of
sci/fi films) I thought Scanner Darkly meets Blade Runner when viewing
this. I am sure Phillip K Dick has influenced this screenplay and
graphic novel, as he has done with a lot of current sci-fi. The two
films listed above are on my top favorites list when it comes to
sci/fi. This doesn't quite come close to those mentioned but it was a