September 25, 2009 Surrogates
Studio: Touchstone Pictures Rating: PG-13 for intense sequences of violence, disturbing images, language, sexuality and a drug-related scene.
In near the future humans will stop venturing outside. That's because we don't have to anymore.
"Surrogates" tells the story of a world where perfect human-like robots represent us in our day-to-day lives.
They're better looking than we are, stronger and faster. But we still get to experience a virtual life, because everything the robot feels, we feel.
Crime is virtually non-existent. Since the robots can't be "murdered," people live their lives secluded in safety. But that changes quickly when two people die after their surrogates are destroyed.
FBI agent Tom Greer (Bruce Willis) begins an investigation. His surrogate starts looking for clues for events force Greer to leave the cocoon of his home for the first time in years.
As the story moves forward, the case starts taking some interesting and unexpected twists and turns. Is it a simple case of malfunction or is something more sinister going on?
The thing about "Surrogates" I liked the most is that we've seen killer robots in dozens, if not hundreds of films. But this time around, someone may killing people through their own robots.
Although the movie is a big leap from today's virtual technology and state of the art robotics it's not completely out of the question that one day we might actually pull something like this off.
Willis does a good job in what's basically a dual role. His machine counterpart is younger-looking with a full head of blonde hair. Meanwhile the real man is a mess. He's out of shape, needs a shave and doesn't have to worry too much about combing any hair. I liked the way he portrayed both characters.
Radha Mitchell plays a fellow agent named Peters. Unlike Willis, she looks just as good in real life as she does as a machine. Both of the leads...as well as just about everyone else in the movie, goes above and beyond to show their "robotic" selves are very different from their flesh and blood counterparts. Without that type of acting, featuring very flat and measured performances both emotionally and physically, you'd have a hard time figuring out that those are robots walking around. Thus, you would miss the entire point of the movie.
I don't think much ground is being broken here but it is an entertaining outing and if you're a Bruce Willis fan like I am its a positive addition to his action hero roles.
Additionally, "Surrogates" presents some questions that we may one day have to face in the real world. Does living require actually being out and about in the midst of it all...or can we experience "life" from far away? Is one better than the other? You'll probably see the answers coming long before the movie gets there, but at least the journey isn't overly long or boring.
On my rating scale, "Surrogates" earns a DOUBLE.
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