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Do we really want a Surrogate?


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Fade up on me start watching the trailer for Surrogates and thinking, "Hmmm, this could be interesting."

Surrogates, robotic representations of yourself which you control with your mind from the safety of your own home, this enabling you to live out your wildest fantasies without any risk of anything.

Want to jump off a building? Done.

Want to sleep with that hot stranger? (You know, because this doesn't happen already) Done.

Want to go clubbing? Done.

Want to look like a freak with spiky mohawk hair? (Once again - because this doesn't already happen) Done.

Some of them look 100% human while others look - off.

The trailer pimps out the possibilities, like the above for a minute then someone gets killed... This is where I start to think, "Oh, crap. Here we go again." Instead of keeping it an interesting study on the extremes that people would go to (or not) with the ability to live without consequences we start to get a fraking murder mystery.

Then there are some more murders and the threat of loosing this way of life. The threat to their new way of life could have been introduced to this story without having to add murders. I won't throw out theories since I'm usually pretty close to what the actual movie ends up happening. As a rule, I do not ruin movie endings, because I see them as a very important part of the story.

Agent Greer (Bruce Willis) is seen running around and jumping and kicking unlike any other movie befo..... OK, just like every other movie before. I think Willis is cool and talented, but 12 Monkeys was the only deviation I can think of from his standard fare.

Then right at the end they up the ante and I buy it - at least mostly. Even though I probably shouldn't, I'll say that I'm looking forward to seeing this one.

It's worth noting that there is a scene that proves this might be as close to playing Terminator as we might ever see Willis play. This might be worth the price of admission alone.

This movie can go either way, so I'm adding it into The Lookout on a temporary basis. The next trailer better sell me on it!

It is directed by Jonathan Mostow, which surprised me by making Terminator 3 worth watching (as much as I still think it shouldn't have happened and want to hate it), so you never know.

Favorite part of the trailer??? Agent Greer (Willis) telling (Rosamund Pike) that he wants his wife, her saying that she is his wife, then some random guy getting kicked in the face. Whoever cut this trailer must have been through a divorce.


Bruce Willis, commentary, Jonathan Mostow, lookout, Surrogate, bitter balcony Bruce Willis, commentary, Jonathan Mostow, lookout, Surrogate, bitter balcony Bruce Willis, commentary, Jonathan Mostow, lookout, Surrogate, bitter balcony


Synopsis (from IMDB):

The filmmaking trio behind the hit sci-fi sequel Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines re-team to explore a future in which humans live in isolation while only communicating with their fellow man through robots that serve as social surrogates and are better-looking versions of their human counterparts. Bruce Willis stars as an FBI agent who enlists the aid of his own surrogate to investigate the murder of the genius college student who invented the surrogates. As the case grows more complicated, however, the withdrawn detective discovers that in order to actually catch the killer he will have to venture outside the safety of his own home for the first time in many years, and enlists the aid of another agent (Radha Mitchell) in tracking his target down. Jonathan Mostow directs co-screenwriters Michael Ferris and John Brancato's adaptation of the graphic novel by author Robert Venditti and illustrator Brett Weldele. [D-Man2010]

In the near future, humans live in isolation and only interact through robotic bodies that serve as surrogates. When several humans are murdered when their surrogates are destroyed, a cop (Bruce Willis) investigates the crimes through his own surrogate. After a near fatal encounter, the cop's surrogate is destroyed and forces him to bring his human form out of isolation and unravel a conspiracy behind the crimes.


Directed by: Jonathan Mostow

Screenplay by: Michael Ferris & John D. Brancato

Based on a graphic Novel by: Robert Venditti & Brett Weldele

Cast: Bruce Willis & Rosamund Pike

Source of the Bitter: JAS

Comments, rants and other stuffs below
Anonymous (not verified) on Tue, 07/28/2009 - 5:48am

Why not just watch the trailer than read this article?

I think we all have eyes and a brain.

This "article" says nothing.

JAS on Tue, 07/28/2009 - 7:51am

This article is meant to bring this film to those who might not have heard of it. Also, the trailer is attached for that purpose as well.

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