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SURROGATES (2009)

Movie review by David Blackwell

 

88 minutes, rated PG-13

ASPECT RATIO:  2.35:1

STUDIO: Touchstone Pictures, Mandeville Films, Road Rebel, Top Shelf Productions, Wintergreen Productions

Theatrical RELEASE DATE:  9-25-2009

 

STARRING Bruce Willis (Greer), Radha Mitchell (Peters), Rosamund Pike (Maggie), James Cromwell (Canter), Ving Rhames (The Prophet)

WRITTEN by Michael Ferris and John D. Brancato

Based on the graphic novel by Robert Venditti and Brett Weldele

DIRECTED by Jonathan Mostow

Humanity has become a world where people live their lives through perfect human bodies called Surrogates.   People can control their surrogates without living home and be free of disease and imperfection.  Two percent of the human population doesn’t use Surrogates.   Greer is an FBI agent who is called to investigate the death of two surrogates and their users.  Someone is using a weapon to fry both the surrogate and the human brain.  Greer knows the stakes are high when one of the dead is the son of the inventor of Surrogates, Canter, and that the weapon ends up in the hands of the Dreads (the humans who shun Surrogates).

 

SURROGATES is a expertly directed sci-fi action thriller with a few gapping plot holes in the script (which the fast pace does make up for it).   It raises questions like I ROBOT did (Also James Cromwell was a scientist in that one with different motives than in this movie).   Would we lose who we are if we used robot bodies to interact through?    What kind of society would we be in?  I would never live through a Surrogate.  I like living in my body despite my imperfections and the things I want to change about my body.

 

This movie review is (c)9-25-2009 David Blackwell and cannot be reprinted without permission.  All Rights Reserved.  Send all comments to lord_pragmagtic@hotmail.com