SURROGATES is a TECH SCI-FI THRILLER based on the 2005-2006 Comic Book Series of the same name. The director (Jonathon Mostow) who directed TERMINATOR 3 also directs this exciting and entertaining 2009 film. This futuristic movie reveals the human race has moved into a state of isolation. No longer do people take risks with their own lives but due to the advent of perfect looking surrogates people stay at home and become almost master puppeteers while their surrogates take all the risks and perform all the difficult tasks so their human owner can vicariously live through them. Think of it as the post-plastic surgery era. Why get rid of a few wrinkles when you can live through an entire perfect body? Bruce Willis and Radha Mitchell play FBI agents on the case of the first murder in years. The murder happens to be the son of the inventor of the surrogates which ultimately forces Willis as Agent Tom Greer to leave the comfort of his home and actually go out into the real world without his surrogate to investigate and try to solve the mystery. In the process Greer meets a man called THE PROPHET who leads a group of humans in a revolt against all surrogates. There are many twists and turns in this edge of your seat thriller which I felt was very entertaining although in some ways somewhat predictable. If you are a fan of Bruce Willis you will not be disappointed in his acting. Not philosophically deep or creatively original but the message of needing intimacy with others is pretty clear.
“Surrogates” is an astounding psychological thriller depicting a world of the not too distant future where technology has taken over the mundane everyday chores of humanity. Based on the 2005-2006 comic book series by Robert Venditti, human beings rarely leave their homes; once they have purchased a surrogate, they sit comfortably in a large reclining chair where they are hooked up to computers and live vicariously through their more beautiful and fitter counterparts following commands and absorbing all the wear and dangers of the outside world. It is a peaceful world free from fear, pain and crime. Tom Greer (Bruce Willis) is an FBI Agent and through the use of his surrogate investigates the first crime in years; Jarod Canter, the son of Dr. Lionel Canter (James Cromwell) and inventor of the surrogates inexplicably dies when his surrogate is destroyed. This is guaranteed to be “not possible.” Tom’s investigation forces him to abandon his surrogate and enter the outside world as himself (somewhat of a relief among all the beautiful people) and expose himself to the community of the Dreads who are opposed to surrogates. Here we encounter The Prophet, (Ving Rhames) a cult figure who plans an uprising against the surrogates. Tom prefers to be himself at home but his wife, Maggie (Rosamund Pike) insists on always looking and speaking as her surrogate depriving their marriage of emotional contact. Directed by Jonathan Mostow with an outstanding screenplay by Michael Ferris, this is a tantalizing and serious film with an incredible cast that keeps you guessing. Not another action thriller but a perfect vehicle for Bruce Willis and a must see for all of his fans. Very Highly Recommended.