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Surrogates 2009

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...

Release Date:
September 25, 2009
89 min
Jonathan Mostow
Bruce Willis, Todd Cahoon, Ving Rhames, ...
Thriller, Action, Sci-Fi ...

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Solar rating: 7.5


Imdb rating: 6.3

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wow..excellent movie
An underrated true classic.
Flawless execution from start to finish.
In my world a worthy 10/10.
Good Sci-Fiction flick! The thriller story telling is well done and the acting solid, James Cromwell (Canter,old) is brilliant as usual, he was in "I robot" too, played a great mad scientist! 7/10
doesn't seem to far fetched in this world of computers we live in today
I enjoyed need to overthink the 'how can EVERYBODY afford a surrogate' angle. Kinda reminds me of The Matrix/iRobot or a mixture of both ..either way a 9/10 from me

Brillant !!

Brilliantly done, superb acting, really enjoyed this film. 9/10

bruse willes has done it again!!!! great man and great movie. will repeat watching this movie today tomorrow and i'll get the oppertunity to do it tonight. so for those who are looking for a good time go watch this movie and enjoy cinemal at its best
This movie was awesome! The plot was cool and moved along smoothly. It's one that will keep you interested until the very end. The ending was sort of predictable, but thats not to say it was a bad. Needless to say, if you're looking to get out of the house for a few hours this is worth investing time and money to go see.
To use a quote from my review of Knowing: "a poorly-made film will usually draw your attention to flaws in (its) logic". In the movie Surrogates, nearly everyone in the world lives virtually through robot counterparts of themselves. These robots seem like they would be incredibly expensive and yet, even the poorest in society seem able to own one. It's all a metaphor for the world we enter when we log onto the internet (through virtual anonymity, people are able to assume any guise they wish). In a better movie, this premise would be used to show us the errors in impersonal interaction. Here, it's just an excuse to blow up some robots. Worst of all, at no point does it really justify it's anti-technology stance: any drawbacks to this surrogate system aren't explored, and neither are the benefits to living life as a regular person. It's simply taken for granted that we the audience will side with whatever it is they're trying to make us feel. To be honest, even the filmmakers themselves don't seem to know where their sympathies lie. One minute we're rooting for robot Greer (Bruce Willis) to catch the flesh-and-blood criminals (back to that in a moment), the next we're supposed to be rooting for the human terrorists to destroy the nation of robots. If we're to believe the movie's own premise or logic, these robots aren't really robots at all, they're merely vehicles that mankind has adopted. You no more feel sympathy for Greer's destroyed surrogate than you would for his destroyed motorcycle.

The movie presents a world where fragile humans are given worry-free bodies to parade around in. This allows them to jump off enormous buildings, get shot, or get into violent auto accidents without the fear of dying in real life. But someone has invented a ray gun that not only blows up their robot brains, it also blows their human brains up as well. In effect, this renders the robot surrogates nothing more than a gimmick in a standard conspiracy/murder mystery film.

Small camps of anti-surrogate technophobes sprout up around the country, led by the ridiculous "The Prophet" (Ving Rhames) and they present us with the alternative of living in hippy communes with horses and buggies rather than having super-powered robot bodies. They're obviously the bad guys, or are they? Someone has to be, and someone is responsible for inventing this evil ray gun (though even after seeing the movie, I'm still not sure who invented it). As the surrogate Greer chases down the real, live ray gun murderer, it becomes a sort of "bizarro" Blade Runner (what if Harrison Ford was the villain in that movie?), and the entire scene is of course stripped of any tension it might've had. After all, the hero Greer isn't directly involved in the chase, in fact he's not even there at all (he's at home, resting in a comfortable chair). When Greer's surrogate is destroyed in the battle with the technophobes, he meanders around his apartment and argues with his (severely disturbed) wife's surrogate, wishing she'd come out of her room and speak to him in person. But he's a hypocrite, as he himself never went anywhere without his surrogate until it was destroyed. The whole film is a mess of inconsistency though, both in plot and point. The movie pulls so many flip flops that in the end, the good guys are the bad guys and then they're not, except when they are. Who knows? I sure don't (Also, for some inexplicable reason, the ending is shown in the trailer, although it's the sort of ending you can see coming a mile away, so I'm not sure how much its spoiled by this). A film like this can be an entertaining way of killing some time, but it's just disappointing when it could've been something more substantial.
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