Surrogates (2009)



Critic Consensus: Though it sports a slick look and feel, Surrogates fails to capitalize on a promising premise, relying instead on mindless action and a poor script.

Movie Info

People are living their lives remotely from the safety of their own homes via robotic surrogates-sexy, physically perfect mechanical representations of themselves. It's an ideal world where crime, pain, fear and consequences don't exist. When the first murder in years jolts this utopia, FBI agent Greer discovers a vast conspiracy behind the surrogate phenomenon and must abandon his own surrogate, risking his life to unravel the mystery.

Rating: PG-13 (for intense sequences of violence, disturbing images, language, sexuality and a drug-related scene)
Genre: Action & Adventure , Mystery & Suspense , Science Fiction & Fantasy , Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: John Brancato , Michael Ferris
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jan 26, 2010
Box Office: $38.5M
Touchstone Pictures - Official Site


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Critic Reviews for Surrogates

All Critics (113) | Top Critics (24)

Ultimately, Surrogates isn't going to break any records, but it's the kind of movie I'd stop at while channel surfing and watch the whole thing on a Saturday afternoon.

Full Review… | July 21, 2012
7M Pictures

Underneath its typical Hollywood exterior there is a decent movie waiting to shine through. But so much else is just typical of the genre, it's hard to summon any more enjoyment from it.

Full Review… | March 30, 2011

Fails to land a killing blow that pays off the simplified mystery with any distinct urgency. It's a flawed film, but far from unbearable. Nothing a DVD director's cut couldn't fix.

Full Review… | June 2, 2010

A film that raises many interesting ideas but follows through on few of them.

Full Review… | February 27, 2010

I wish I had a surrogate to watch it for me.

Full Review… | February 15, 2010
3BlackChicks Review

A smart little genre outing, an endangered species in modern Hollywood. [Blu-ray]

Full Review… | February 4, 2010
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Audience Reviews for Surrogates

Not a bad sci fi move. Some plot holes here and there but otherwise not a bad flick.

John Manard

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Directors Cat
Directors Cat

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In the near future, the population has taken to living their own lives vicariously through the use of robotic avatars but when an assassin starts destroying the machines and their users with a top secret weapon, a lone FBI agent begins to question the value of his isolated, second hand life. The premise of Surrogates has a lot of promise; it's clearly a parody of the logical conclusion of social media and the obsession with superficial appearance and the decreasing face to face interactions of everyday life. In this it is reminiscent of the work of Philip K. Dick with a dash of Isaac Asimov. In fact the story plays out like a darker, seedier version of I, Robot but in a lot of ways it just isn't quite dark enough. Bruce Willis brings the same kind of desperation and vulnerability he brought to Twelve Monkeys which works really well but the studio's desperation to snag that 12 certificate compromises the script somewhat, leaving a halfway house between clever social commentary and generic sci-fi action thriller that makes it feel a little uneven. It's certainly not bad though, and it's certainly a lot smarter and more entertaining than the average Michael Bay debacle.

xGary Xx

Super Reviewer

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