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original title: Surrogates
duration: 1h 29min
tags: Human perfection. What could go wrong?
keywords: future, robot, fbiagent, murder, android, investigation, africanamerican, latexgloves, suitandtie, leatherjacket, bluejeans, caucasian, pc, computer, gun, handgun, violence, suicidebypoison, friedbrai
I've already touched on Willis but he headlines the cast and just looks really vapid, almost bored in the role. I mean I still love seeing the guy on the big screen but he just doesn't look like he's enjoying it. Granted his character is supposed to be mourning and sad and he definitely looks that part of it but it gets old quick. I still want to see him in big action roles!! Lesser known but terrific actor Radha Mitchell is Willis' partner who just seems to follow him through every hoop. She could also be a great kick butt action hero as proved in movies like Silent Hill but she isn't given a lot to work with so she falls even shorter than Willis. Rosamund Pike is lovely but the most vapid as Willis' wife who has sank into her surrogate for good and never wants to come out. Pike and Willis seem to have decent chemistry given the situation. Two great actors make small cameos that are unfortunately mostly useless to the entire story. James Cromwell and Ving Rhames play small roles that go completely unnoticed.
The cast is simply not the issue in this film but rather the story created. The Surrogates that these people inhabit are seemingly mindless vapid symbols of their human counterparts and that means the actors play them that way and that isn't much fun to watch. I have to partially blame director Jonathan Mostow. He should know better. He has done solid action flicks with great stories like Breakdown, U571, and Terminator 3 (I don't care what anyone says I liked Terminator 3.) He should have recognized the holes in character creation in the script. Most of the blame has to go to screenwriters Michael Ferris and his long time writing partner John D. Brancato (Catwoman anyone?) Perhaps they're trying to create something great at the expense of the characters. The world is bleak and dangerous and haunting and its just unfortunate that it doesn't meet its potential. Still Surrogates is an okay thriller, with some okay action and its mostly mindless and won't stick with you very long. It's watchable and that is about the best you can get from it. I suppose for Bruce Willis fans like myself it will have to do until Cop Out in February which I am going into with slightly lower expectations...thank you Tracy Morgan. 6/10 SURROGATES is a clich辿 ridden film based on the idea that we sometime in the future will have robots doing our dirty work. In this film, however, every person is in their bed controlling their robot's daily life. A completely stupid idea since that's not how and why robots are made. Why not an AI for simple tasks? Would people really like to lie in the bed and do boring stuff every day? Where's the fun in that? The plot roams around a boring conspiracy. Boring, since there are too few characters in this mess to make the conspiracy work. You'll figure it out after a few minutes, and after that, the only thing that will keep you awake is the incredible make-up and the not-so-incredible action-scenes.
Actors are "good", but not perfect. Bruce Willis is OK, but hey - it's Bruce Willis. The rest - well, I didn't really care. Because the movie doesn't make you care.
And that's sad, because the basic idea here with robots that we can send out to do our daily life - that is a GREAT idea! Sadly, the writers messed it up. But what do you expect from the creators of CATWOMAN and THE NET? It's pretty obvious that these writers LOVE technology - but they don't understand it. They take what they see on the surface, tries to make it their own ideas - but misses the point.
SURROGATES is one of those movies that will pass and become forgotten, along with TIME WALKER (1982). It's OK if you can watch it for free somewhere - especially since the make-up is always in Uncanny Valley.
The rest of the film however, is simply boring. 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. Surrogatesis based on a five-issue comic book series, The Surrogates (2005-2006), written by Robert Venditti and drawn by Brett Weldele. In 2009, it was followed by a prequel graphic novel, The Surrogates: Flesh and Bone. The comics were adapted for the movie by American screenwriters John Brancato and Michael Ferris. It is said at some point after a solider surrogate takes a shot that "these things aren't free". However, there are multiple types of surrogates, and extra abilities cost extra; therefore, there probably exist basic model of surrogates with prices equaling those of, say, small-size ordinary cars. The world's GDP per capita was estimated at around $600 in 1800, $5,000 in 1995, and $10,000 in 2008 (figures in 1990 dollars). At that exponential growth rate, coupled with economies of scale associated with making billions of surrogate parts, it can be imagined that in, say, 100 years, mostly everyone would be able to afford a surrogate. However, since the movie obviously takes place in the near future, and it is clearly stated that surrogates were only introduced 14 years beforehand, the question remains unanswered. Since 98% of the population could afford surrogates, it meant they had enough money to not be tempted my material crimes (burglary, theft etc). Given that surrogates were essentially equally hard to destroy, there were no weaker groups bullied by stronger groups, so violent crime decreased. As for taking out one's rage on a surrogate's human operator, it is shown that the police could inspect the logged visual perception of surrogates, so criminals would be caught easily after the fact. The anxiety of Tom Greer (Bruce Willis), once he's in the flesh among a world of surrogates, tells him that humans would most likely avoid going out in the flesh or having their surrogate confiscated