Surrogates

Rated PG-13 88 minutes 2009

In the future, humans stay home and hook themselves up to computer rigs while robots go out and lead their lives for them. Bruce Willis stars as an FBI agent who lets his robot self (Willis with a blonde wig and a CGI makeover) do the talking. When the destruction of some surrogates causes their users to die, Willis’ character eventually finds his human self looking for answers. This is a good premise, but the opportunity to examine the emotional complexities of a world overtaken by technological gadgets is lost; the film is just too slick and generic. I got the feeling its river may’ve run a little deeper in another version, but stuff probably got cut to make it move quicker. It’s too bad, because Willis is good here, as is Radha Mitchell as his FBI partner. Hey, has anybody else noticed that Willis totally sucks at fake yawning?

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Official Site: chooseyoursurrogate.com

Director: Jonathan Mostow

Producer: Max Handelman, David Hoberman, Todd Lieberman, David Nicksay and Elizabeth Banks

Cast: Bruce Willis, Radha Mitchell, Rosamund Pike, Boris Kodjoe, James Ginty, James Cromwell, Ving Rhames, Jack Noseworthy, Michael Cudlitz, Jeffrey De Serrano, Helena Mattsson, Shane Dzicek, Jordan Belfi and J.L. Highsmith

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