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Plot: Set in a futuristic world where humans live in isolation and interact through surrogate robots, a cop is forced to leave his home for the first time in years in order to investigate the murders of others' surrogates. Runtime: 89 mins Release Date: 25 Sep 2009
So good it's uncanny. Great as thriller, sci-fi, philosophical speculation... this is solid entertainment! (by bopdog)
I loved this movie, but must confess I was surprised how much. I did NOT need another movie about the future--- "Hey, lookee here, the future is full of technology robbing our souls, and aren't we ever so clever to be making such keen observations about that!" So I was pleasantly surprised to find that this film was great. So good, in fact, it was uncanny. I am iffy on sci-fi in general. Some I like, some I don't. BUT--- "Surrogates" was bright, jazzy, fast-moving, exciting, and entrancing. It had dash, depth, and was wonderful entertainment!To illustrate my point <more>
by way of comparison--- The sci-fi genre is kind of done to death, don't you think? And often trite. I mean no offence, but IMHO, 2004's "I, Robot," for example, was ludicrous. Really unbelievable and stupid. Spielberg's 2001 "Artificial Intelligence" was much better, but even that was cumbersome and smothering with its self-important "heavy" social themes that would have seemed "far out" in 1967, but simply plodded along as rather stilted and silly in this century.I checked the cast list for this movie, and noticed it was international, although all spoke with flawless American accents. The director, Willis, and a few others were American, but the leading ladies and others were from Australia, England, and Austria, etc. What a mix! That's all fine... but it makes me speculate on the purpose. Haven't we seen a lot of that in the last 10-12 years? That is, British women playing Americans, Americans playing Brits, Aussies and Kiwis popping up as various nationalities on screen. That's all great--- but it seems like it can't just be coincidence that the director could only find an actor from "country A" to fill the role for a character from "country B." Each country has a wealth of talent already there and available, and the genuine need to import a specific foreign actor is rare.I suspect it's that even when a foreign accent is adopted by an actor flawlessly, there will nonetheless be a faint, unconscious and subtle hint of the foreign remaining. They will sound authentic, yet different, somehow... exotic perhaps. Am I imaging that?Anyway, this film is extremely well done, and is very worth your while to visit the cinema for a night out. Regardless of your favourite genre, or taste regarding sci-fi or thrillers or "social comment" or "comment on life" or philosophical ruminations, you will like, and maybe love, this movie.
I like watching movies. The larger-than-life screen and detached but captive setting enhance the movies' ability to magnify/ abstract/ simplify and distill streaming snapshots of life in past, present and future versions. I especially enjoy the Sherlock Holmes exercise which I can't help but do at the end of the movie during which I second guess what message or "moral" lesson was being conveyed by the ever artistic directors and imaginative writers. In the past, I have let these flood of thoughts keep me entertained for hours after the movie ends, only to be forever lost in <more>
sleep and the wake-up-joe realities of everyday life.But now there's technology. Blogs. And doggone, its free and simple. So, as a first attempt to try to salvage my sanity and stoke the flickering fire of hopeless writing passion that remains within me, here I go with trying to guess what Surrogates, the movie starring Bruce Willis, was all about. And, no, I haven't gone to the movie website or read any reviews about it. Not yet.The movie was set in the distant future, a time when technology allowed human beings to use life-like robots, or surrogates to do everything better: go to work, eat, make love and lust, hang out without the risk of death, injury or rejection. The only thing the human has to do is to sit back in the comforts of his room, attach a device that allows him or her to see, feel, taste and experience everything the surrogate does, that is until the surrogate robot comes home and needs to be charged. The surrogates, which need to have the neurosignature of the human controlling it , can be made to look younger and prettier, jump higher and be stronger than the real thing. The surrogates became so good in fact, that everyone, including Willis aging wife, no longer felt comfortable going out into the real world to compete against the other dashing and perfect surrogates.Surely, this is all fiction and will never happen in our lifetimes. You're right of course until you realize the extent to which technology already allows us to project only our best foot forward. Most facebook pages contain the best photos that we have, never mind if they were taken 10 years and 20 pounds ago. I doubt whether there is anyone who actually shows all the photos taken from their digital cameras. No, no, no. My best guess from my own guilty experience is that photos are carefully selected and uploaded based on which ones show the good and fun side of us during certain events. In some way, facebook has become our surrogate face. Not in the future. But today.And SMS or texts? Probably our surrogate language. Why risk saying something wrong when speaking live with another human being. Isn't it supremely better to carefully select our words, erase or modify at will prior to sending it? And of course, put a smiley face or attach a photo to make it personal. No fear. No rejection.This blog post? My surrogate unpublished book. Email? My surrogate letter. Cable TV and Playstation 3? My children's surrogate babysitters. The internet? My surrogate world. If you are still reading this, then I rest my case. Do you dare think of the day when all these perfect things are taken away? The movie, Surrogate, proposes that when that moment comes, then we start to live. ... Remigio De Ungria
Excellent Movie, I've watched 3 times already! (by stephenfroud)
Excellent Movie that has everything, action, fun, emotion great acting and stars, but most importantly it keeps you entertained! A great Science Fiction Thriller, this really gets you thinking, the very idea is awesome, the near future that looks like heaven, feels like heaven but it's really a living hell, with 98% of the population living a lie.I've watched it 3 times already ever since I bought it on Blu-ray.Why bother working on a great body and looks when you can just plug yourself in remotely to a perfect looking replica, or whatever takes your fancy, lol be careful of that lush <more>
looking sexy blonde, she might really be a 20 stone dock-hand from the Ukraine!
When I first began watching the documentary-style introduction to Surrogates, I had to admit I was impressed because I'm a sucker for these openings I loved District 9 , but I was afraid I was in for another cool futuristic type movie like Minority Report or I, Robot. Admittedly, these were two great movies yet I feared this movie would bring nothing new to the table. We've already seen huge interactive ads, protests against machines, moral dilemmas, and conflicted leaders trying to make statements James Cromwell plays almost the same character in both I, Robot and Surrogates! . <more>
What new things could the director of Terminator 3 show us? It turns out he could bring us what I, Robot failed to deliver as effectively: a good knockout resolution. In other words, this movie delivered a non-Hollywood type ending, similar in the vein of Watchmen though that is thanks to the great Alan Moore . I always appreciate when a director is willing to go out and boldly create a vision even if it is based on a graphic novel, some directors like Carter Smith still change the ending – as he did for The Ruins movie .The film is the tale of a world where everyone's basically a couch potato. Technology is so amazing that we can create multiple robots of ourselves, in any form, and control them from the safety of our own homes! We're completely safe as long as we're plugged into the network and no one harms us as we operate the surrogate robot, or "surrey." But as usual, conflict arises and the characters are drawn into a world of corruption, rebellion, and sacrifices. The screenplay is full of twists and turns, all very smart and satisfying, though somewhat predictable. Doesn't really matter to me though; films like these are made for mindless action with parts that make you think. Or so I thought.Mostow, a natural action director, handles the camera very well in action sequences. It's the usual Hollywood fare with great, fast-moving action and impressive special effects though I keep thinking of Transformers 2 when I say that, so I probably won't mention CGI again . I also really liked how much he utilizes the element of surprise: there were many moments where I jumped back in shock, though there wasn't anything necessarily that scary. It's just the juxtaposition-ing of calm and BANG. It's clear Mostow is good with the action cam nothing new in the era of Michael Bay , as he demonstrated in T3, but this time around I was impressed by how he directed the emotional scenes with Bruce Willis and his wife. He handled the feelings well. This in part has to do with Bruce Willis as an actor as well. He did a fine job with this movie, solid. There's also some good humor too, though I think I laughed too much. And it all led to the final punch.These are all similar-sounding critiques for me. I tend to enjoy cinema for what it is: for pleasure. However, what was different was the ending. I was expecting the typical run-of-the-mill Hollywood ending, but it certainly wasn't though there was a bit of a twist . I must admit I gasped a bit when I saw the end. I said, "Whoa." If a film, amidst good stuff, brings home something new District 9, for example, was a seriously good commentary besides an action film , I'm impressed. I appreciate it very much: Mostow keeps the audience in mind. Sure, there were flaws like its short running time, sometimes it takes itself too lightly but overall it was a great viewing experience. I was enjoying it as I watched – as I usually do for movies – but the bold Watchmen-like finish really brought it home for me.Oh, and Ving Rhames was pretty damn bad-ass.
Exhilarating and fresh idea in the realm of murder-mysteries (by SJinSeaTac)
I really enjoy watching fast-paced thrillers and murder-mysteries. Unfortunately most films which are released these days do not put the time nor effort into flushing-out a story. Often times I resort to seedy little horror films to watch a good whodunit film. Therefore Surrogates was definitely a great surprise to me. I went in expecting some idiotic action film which should have gone straight to video and was very surprised at how engaging this film was! The only reason I didn't give this film a 10/10 rating is because Brancato and Ferris most obviously got the idea for their script <more>
from the Wachowski Brother's of "The matrix" fame. The only difference is that instead of entering another reality people enter the body of a robot for which they use to interact with people in the world right from their homes, never having to leave the house. These Surrogates act and talk just like their counterparts back home, linked-up in their cyber-kinetic chairs, although as you will find in the first act, don't always look like them. The entire benefit of using a surrogate is to never be hurt or killed, and also to look the way you want people to see you.Bruce Willis and Radha Mitchell play two FBI agents investigating the destruction of two surrogates and their operators who were connected to them at the time, which up until then has never been possible. Now, I won't ruin anything, but lets just say that if you can use a surrogate to be "anyone you want to be" you might not really always know who you are talking too...or what their ulterior-motives are!!The storytelling, twists & turns, and fast-paced action really move this film along. Also, the special effects are so well put together that when you are watching people on the screen you really believe out of this world things are happening to them...but to me the best part or character of the film is Radha Mitchell. She is required to take on so many different things here and also be believable, and she pulled it off very well indeed! I was actually surprised at how much I enjoyed this movie and at a midnight screening as well. "Surrogates" is definitely worth seeing on the big screen, so don't miss it!
The important thing to understand about this film is that it is not a prediction of something that is likely to happen. Rather, it is a metaphor for something that has already happened.Television was the earliest foray into this phenomenon. How many of us form a significant portion of our impression of the world based on what we see through this artificial sense organ? With television, we are all 5% closer to the creature depicted in Surrogates. As I sit here at my computer writing from this remote location, I am 10% of the creature depicted in this film. When I get on a discussion forum with <more>
an avatar that represents my impression of myself or possibly the impression of myself that I wish to project, I am 20% of the creature depicted in this film.I have begun to teach an online class. My students, instead of seeing me as a living flesh and blood person, now see me as an intellectual engine that they may visualize in any number of ways. I have the option of posting a picture, but have not gotten around to that yet. I now do part of my work from a safe remote location—as an abstract disembodied entity.After leaving the theater, I had an overwhelming urge to spend more time with my dogs. They are very physical and can never relate to the concept I herein discuss. Actually I had a new insight into their possible impression of all the time I spend watching television: "Stop staring into the scrambly box and pay attention to us. Snap out of it!"
Excellent Sci-Fi Flick with Great Action Sequences (by J_Trex)
This film was an interesting twist on the robot as human concept, with a plot that managed to keep the viewer interested right up until the dramatic ending. A high tech company has specialized in mass producing surrogates, or personal robots, which are sold to the American middle class. They are quickly adopted to perform routine functions and then essentially perform high level functions like one's job . The main theme was how the surrogates assumed people's lives and identities to such an extent the flesh & blood owner of the surrogate could stay home and presumably pursue <more>
higher level interests. The reality was most people simply fell into a spiritual stupor, resorting to alcohol or drugs to pass their time. The actors were all very good and up to the task of portraying themselves in robotic fashion this doesn't require great acting skill but the screenplay was quite good . I thought Bruce Willis did a good job in the lead role s as FBI Agent Tom Geer he also played his "surrogate" as a very low key robot . Bruce's surrogate is investigating the death of the son of the founder of the corporation that invented and produced the surrogates. This kicked off the main plot, which centered around an armed resistance group opposed to surrogates and attempting to defeat the surrogates and the corporation that produced them.If the plot sounds confused, at times it is, and the ending may be less than satisfying. But for a far fetched sci-fi movie about robots, this was one of the better ones I've seen.
Illuminating allegory for online communications (by kallepister)
One of the best CGI "upholstered" sci-fi flicks as yet. Very 80s, guess the idea or even the entire William-Gibson-like script slouched about for 20 years before it was realizable without appearing ridiculously B-grade. And Bruce Willis looks like Elton John for once, or vice versa :- So much on the obvious.Ah yeah, IMDb etiquette makes it hard to draw stringent conclusions to real occurrences, but all i can say is that if we web-nuts would turn off our machines for good, get up and simply walk outside our very flats, this world would be very different, and probably a better one, <more>
too.Any artificial online identity, let it be 2ndlife or WOW, comprises a substantial momentum of addiction and unresistant devotion. To what? That's where this allegory jumps in quite helpfully. We're no artificial surrogates yet, but already part of and surrounded by a more and more zombified public, where the MP3-downloads on our mobiles may actually mean more to our well-being than the unconcerned, indifferent, fear- and/or greed-powered ambition that accounts for most of our daily uprisings.Crown of creation? Hell we are. Anyone noticed the missing comma?
Surrogates is just an entertaining science fiction film that is there to please movie-goers and not win any awards. This is good science fiction but I have to say Avatar and District 9 were much better. But still I like to enjoy Bruce Willis.This is about how technology invaded human life. Most humans have their own surrogates which are robots they control and inhabit with their minds. Things begin to get out of hand when a weapon is used that will not only kill the robot, but the human occupying it. What will happen? The acting is pretty good. I like Bruce Willis in anything so it's not <more>
surprising that I like this. James Cromwell is pretty good too.Overall, this is a cool science fiction movie. I was entertained most of the time. I rate this film 8/10.