Surrogates

Surrogates

Surrogates

In this sci-fi thriller, FBI agents (Bruce Willis and Radha Mitchell) investigate the mysterious murder of a college student linked to the man who helped create a high-tech surrogate phenomenon that allows people to purchase unflawed robotic versions of themselves – fit, good looking remotely controlled machines that ultimately assume their life roles – enabling people to experience life vicariously from the comfort and safety of their own homes. 

The murder spawns a quest for answers:  in a world of masks, who’s real and who can you trust?  Directed by Jonathan Mostow (Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines).

88 minsUSA
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Reviews & comments

Variety

Variety

press

Mostow's smart speculative suspenser imagines a time when people can live through ideal versions of themselves while they sit wired up at home.

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Total Film

Total Film

press

A curious blend of Minority Report, The Island and The Stepford Wives, Surrogates feels like a film with very little purpose. Slickly made, but lifeless. Bit like the eponymous clones then. Call us for the sequel though… Seriously.

2.0
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The New York Times

The New York Times

press

In this kind of industrial entertainment, particularly one that seems to be missing some connective narrative tissue, it’s hard to know if the writers or the director can be credited or blamed for what’s left on screen.

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Roger Ebert

Roger Ebert

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Surrogates is entertaining and ingenious, but it settles too soon for formula.

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Newshub

Newshub

press

The concept is great – but that’s pretty much all this film has going for it.

2.0
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Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

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An interesting idea, but unfortunately, the film's narrative and emotional engine operate as mechanically as the titular, dead-eyed glamazoids.

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Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

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A mechanical sci-fi'er absent of logic or emotions. It functions as an expensive place-filler on the Disney release schedule and, as such, will be welcomed by only the least discriminating thriller fans.

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Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

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There’s enough here to tickle the brain cells, and just enough to satisfy the eyes, but the whole thing is so slight and so low-key that it borders on the redundant. If you can somehow find a surrogate to go watch it, by all means do so.

2.0
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Christchurch Press

Christchurch Press

press

While the echoes with our present day are disturbingly believable, the film is also somewhat predictable.

2.0
0

too many plot holes

I love sci-fi films and had high hopes for it, but really it felt like one out of the 80s. I could not understand the character's motivation for what they did except at a very shallow level.

3.0
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Variety

Variety

press

Mostow's smart speculative suspenser imagines a time when people can live through ideal versions of themselves while they sit wired up at home.

0
Total Film

Total Film

press

A curious blend of Minority Report, The Island and The Stepford Wives, Surrogates feels like a film with very little purpose. Slickly made, but lifeless. Bit like the eponymous clones then. Call us for the sequel though… Seriously.

2.0
0
The New York Times

The New York Times

press

In this kind of industrial entertainment, particularly one that seems to be missing some connective narrative tissue, it’s hard to know if the writers or the director can be credited or blamed for what’s left on screen.

0
Roger Ebert

Roger Ebert

press

Surrogates is entertaining and ingenious, but it settles too soon for formula.

0
Newshub

Newshub

press

The concept is great – but that’s pretty much all this film has going for it.

2.0
0
Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

press

An interesting idea, but unfortunately, the film's narrative and emotional engine operate as mechanically as the titular, dead-eyed glamazoids.

0
Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

A mechanical sci-fi'er absent of logic or emotions. It functions as an expensive place-filler on the Disney release schedule and, as such, will be welcomed by only the least discriminating thriller fans.

0
Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

press

There’s enough here to tickle the brain cells, and just enough to satisfy the eyes, but the whole thing is so slight and so low-key that it borders on the redundant. If you can somehow find a surrogate to go watch it, by all means do so.

2.0
0
Christchurch Press

Christchurch Press

press

While the echoes with our present day are disturbingly believable, the film is also somewhat predictable.

2.0
0

too many plot holes

I love sci-fi films and had high hopes for it, but really it felt like one out of the 80s. I could not understand the character's motivation for what they did except at a very shallow level.

3.0
0