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Penny V checked out Surrogates over the weekend and wished her own robotic girl-wonder would have watched it for her.


Surrogates is sort of a mish-mash between The Matrix, Terminator and Gamer. Strange as it may sound, it looked to be rather promising. Based on a graphic novel by Robert Venditti and artist Brett Weldele from Top Shelf Comix, and directed by Johnathan Mostow, the adaptation turns out to be rather disappointing and draggy, with many questions left hanging in the balance.

In the not-too-distant future, humans can send out a robotic surrogate of themselves out into the real world to deal with life’s doldrums from the comfort of their home, controlling them via brainwaves. Obviously, surrogates are all beautiful and polished and you can customise them in any way that you want, much like a Sims character; and just like a Sims character, you never know if the operator behind that hot chick is actually a fat slob with so much body hair, it could be considered a pelt.

Gross images aside, almost everyone hides behind their surrogate except the Dreads, who have their own robot-free reservation – humans who choose to live without a surrogate and oppose the surrogacy movement.

SurrogatesIn any case, the movement has won the world over with statistics of crime and death dropping to an all-time low. Bruce, who plays a cop (how about them apples?) with his own surrogates, comes across his first murder in almost twelve years and doesn’t know what to make of it, until he finds out that the victim is the son of the inventor of surrogates.

Going all out to find out who the perpetrator is, Bruce finds himself in the middle of a one-man conspiracy to shut down the future of surrogates as he regrets how people have taken advantage of the movement. People weren’t choosing to really live anymore. They just existed.

Some great action aside, its subplots were contrived, such as Bruce’s relationship with his estranged wife after their son died. It also left some questions that were begging to be asked, like how the poor could afford a surrogate and why anyone would forsake their freedom to live house-bound 24-hours a day.

At the end of it, while it’s always great watching Bruce on the big-screen, Surrogates comes off as being a little stale. Been there, done that.

Summing Up:

Oh. A plot that has been done to death.
Yup! Bruce Willis is always pretty fantabulous.
Thumbs: 3 out of 5

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