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Bonus Features include I Will Not Bow Music Video By Breaking Benjamin, Feature Audio Commentary By Director Jonathan Mustow
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People who watch surrogates expecting "Die Hard" with a Sci-Fi twist are going to be disappointed. But if you watch the movie without any expectations at all, you'll find a very interesting character piece that explores a bifurcated existence for the entire human population that is an obvious metaphor for how the internet simultaneously unites and divides us. The movie explores how a safety-obsessed culture, aided by technology, becomes universally agoraphobic, and what effect that has on human interaction.
The year is unstated but from the look of the film it is in the not-too-distant future. A technological advance allows people to control a robotic body--a surrogate--from the safety of their own home. Originally intended to help handicapped people get around and carry on in the real world free from their physical impairments, surrogates are rapidly adopted by the populace at large. Having a surrogate means always being beautiful, or in fact, being whatever you want. The effects crew on this film do a wonderful job of taking live actors and digitally airbrushing their skin to give them a somewhat unrealistically perfect appearance.
Willis loses his robot body during pursuit of a criminal, and has to venture out into the real world himself. He finds it terrifying. His partner comes to pick him up at the hospital, and despite years working with him, she's never seen him before. He desperately wants to connect with his wife, wonderfully played by Rosamund Pike--but she is more interested in hiding behind her surrogate than most.Read more ›
Thus, in surrogates, no one is quite what they seem. The 2% of people who refuse to join the "fun" live in ramshackle, electronics-free zones scattered around the country. They live lives that resemble nothing more than hippie colonies...the fact that they not only rejected living through surrogates but apparently ALL forms of technology is never really explained.
They are led by "The Prophet" (original name!) who assures them the day of reckoning is coming. And indeed, when a new weapon arrives on the scene...the new world order appears to be threatened. This weapon allows its wielder to not only kill surrogates, but to also kill the human who is operating it.
There are many intriguing ideas and concepts (and questions) that this alternate world brings to mind...but SURROGATES is in the end more of a detective movie than a sci-fi movie. And not a detective movie in BLADE RUNNER tradition (where the detective and his work is a way of delving ever deeper into what it means to live in this alternate society), but more in the I, ROBOT tradition of Will Smith kicking butt and taking names. But with a lower budget.Read more ›
Greer and partner Agent Peters (Radha Mitchell) are called in to investigate the mysterious death of a college student whose life ended when his surrogate was destroyed. When Greer's surrogate is damaged in the investigation, he ventures out of his apartment for the first time in decades. He must decide who is real and who can be trusted.
Now that James Cameron has provided movie the final word on human duplicates in "Avatar," the subject may not resonate as dramatically in "Surrogates," but it's a well-made action picture with Willis center stage in his familiar lone-warrior stance. The theme harks back to one that Stanley Kubrick used memorably in "2001: A Space Odyssey" -- depending too much on technology can have dire consequences. Despite the fact that "Surrogates" takes place in the future, the world depicted by director Jonathan Mostow resembles a contemporary city, but the combination of sci-fi, action flick, and mystery work well and provide an entertaining ride.
DVD bonus extras include director commentary and the music video "I Will Not Bow" by Breaking Benjamin. The Blu-ray edition contains these and the featurettes "A More Perfect You: The Science of Surrogates" and "Breaking the Frame: A Graphic Novel Comes to Life," and four deleted scenes.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A great story idea full of twists that was fun to watch. The protagonist probably spent the rest of his life in prison for the amount of damage that he did at the end, but the... Read morePublished 10 days ago by Ominous Gas Pains
Such a good premise, such a bad conclusion. It really starts off as a promising piece of sci-fi, and then descends into well-worn tropes.Published 11 days ago by Laurie L. Junker
A solid, enjoyable, and thoughtful addition to the science fiction canon--the first time I watched this film, shortly after it hit DVD, its atmosphere and character development... Read morePublished 15 days ago by Kangaroo Paw
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