Surrogates (2009)

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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.

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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 , Comedy , Mystery & Suspense , Science Fiction & Fantasy
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Cast

Rosamund Pike
as Maggie
James Ginty
as Canter
James Cromwell
as Older Canter
Ving Rhames
as The Prophet
Jack Noseworthy
as Strickland
Michael Cudlitz
as Colonel Brendon
Helena Mattsson
as JJ the Blonde
Michael Phillip Simpson
as Uniformed Cop
Danny Smith
as Victim
Brian Parrish
as Hard Hat
Jennifer Alden
as Landlady
Shane Dzicek
as Jared Canter
Andrew Haserlat
as Undergrad #1
Justin Goodrich
as Undergrad #2
Lisa Hernandez
as Female Newscaster
Kirk Hawkins
as Male Newscaster
Rachel Sterling
as Assistant
Meta Golding
as Female Counsel
Taylor Cole
as Female Lawyer
Jordan Belfi
as Victor Welch
J.L. Highsmith
as Steinberg
Nicholas Purcell
as Pulaski/Commando
Max Murphy
as Captain
Dorothy Brodesser
as Female Dread
Valerie Azlynn
as Bridget
Michael O'Toole
as Hirosuke
Mike Randy
as Hunk
Tyson Eberly
as 40% Off
Michael DeMello
as Gate Guard
Ron Murphy
as Pedestrian
Genevieve Johnson
as Older Woman
Cody Christian
as Boy Canter
Ian Novick
as Andre
Todd Cahoon
as Brian
Gabriel Olds
as Agent #1
Eamon Brooks
as Agent #2
Rodney Weber
as FBI Guard
De'Lon Grant
as Commando
Matthew Souris
as Commando
Trevor Donovan
as Surrie/Greer
Brock Gloor
as Riot Agent
Paul Shafer
as Human Sniper
Christine Mascott
as Big Woman
Ari Mostow
as Kid #1
Nathan Mostow
as Kid #2
Taylar Bunts
as Receptionist
Edward McCabe
as Controller/Commando
Anya Monzikova
as Beautiful Woman
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Critic Reviews for Surrogates

All Critics (111) | Top Critics (25)

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November 15, 2011
Time Out
Top Critic

Every sci-fi and action flick cliché is crammed in here and Mostow couldn't give a damn if you've seen them all before. He might not do them better, but he'll do them well enough.

Full Review… | September 28, 2009
I.E. Weekly
Top Critic

Whatever the reason, Surrogates was shielded from the eyes of critics before its opening, and that's a shame. Because, whatever its flaws, it is a good movie.

Full Review… | September 27, 2009
ReelViews
Top Critic

If the whole point of this surrogate society is to appear as a perfectly beautiful avatar, why would Bruce Willis choose that ludicrous blond wig that looks like he plucked it off a mannequin at Boscov's?

Full Review… | September 27, 2009
Philadelphia Inquirer
Top Critic

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

Full Review… | September 27, 2009
Chicago Sun-Times
Top Critic

The premise for this sci-fi actioner makes sense for about four seconds, after which you begin to wonder why everyone on the planet would willingly become a shut-in, how the poor are supposed to shell out for these high-tech androids, etc.

Full Review… | September 27, 2009
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Surrogates

½

Not a movie I would have ever picked out for myself to watch - wasn't too thrilled when husband chose it. Oh great, another dumb Bruce Willis action flick. However... Much to my surprise, a decent and original storyline. What a scary vision of the future. Though the robots look great, and the idea of sending them out to work etc is not without its appeal, it was depressing to see the "real" people looking slobby and quite honestly depressed. Also interesting to see Rosamind Pyke in an earlier role.

Nicki Marie
Nicki Marie

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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
xGary Xx

Super Reviewer

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