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Surrogates (2009)

PG-13  |   |  Action, Sci-Fi, Thriller  |  25 September 2009 (USA)
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Set in a futuristic world where humans live in isolation and interact through surrogate robots, a cop is forced to leave his home for the first time in years in order to investigate the murders of others' surrogates.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Michael Phillip ...
Uniformed Cop
Danny F Smith ...
Victim (as Danny Smith)
Brian A. Parrish ...
Hard Hat (as Brian Parrish)


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. Written by Touchstone Pictures

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How do you save humanity when the only thing that's real is you? See more »

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for intense sequences of violence, disturbing images, language, sexuality and a drug-related scene | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

25 September 2009 (USA)  »

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Box Office


$80,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£961,271 (UK) (25 September 2009)


$38,542,418 (USA) (27 November 2009)

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Ranger tab is worn on the left shoulder, the 1st Ranger battalion scroll on his right shoulder shows the unit in which he served in combat. See more »


When Bruce Willis and Radha Mitchell's characters look at the destroyed surrogates, the cop tells them they should go talk to the owners. The next shot is an over head of the Zakim Bridge, but the angle shows the TD Bank Garden on the right side implying they are headed south on the bridge. The Zakim is located north of Fort Point Channel, thus, you wouldn't ever travel southbound if you're leaving Fort Point Channel. The Channel is a body of water that borders South Boston. See more »


[first lines]
The Prophet: Look at yourselves. Unplug from your chairs, get up and look in the mirror. What you see is how God made you. We're not meant to experience the world through a machine.
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User Reviews

Basically entertaining
26 September 2009 | by (Washington, DC) – See all my reviews

It's a great concept. In the future, the Sims style online gaming, where people live vicariously through characters, has evolved to living out real-life, in the real world, via surrogate robots. Everybody stays home all the time, 24/7. They work, play and travel via their surrogates, from the comfort of their home.

I'm not spoiling anything here -- this all happens in the first 5 minutes. The result of this new era of existence is the dramatic drop in violent crimes, sexually transmitted diseases, death by accident, etc.

Well, it's a great concept. And the CGI is good. Because of the plot, every character is insanely pretty, so the screen is filled with beautiful people.

But... it just... doesn't... quite... gel. The whole thing feels like a cool episode of Star Trek, or something on TV. The story is not riveting. I didn't really care about the characters. The timing was off; things either came too late (I was bored, expecting them) or so fast I couldn't really appreciate.

Surrogates lacks that wow-factor.

Example of bad timing: At the start, one wonders, "What do the users really look like? Anything like like their surrogate robots?" I would expect that, at first, we see Bruce Willis, just some facial hair which his robot doesn't have. Then, eventually, we see that he is older than his robot, so he's "cheating" on age too. Even later still, maybe we'd see an obese person at home posing as an athlete via a surrogate which looks nothing like him. Well, "Surrogates" skips all that build up and goes straight for the punchline: within 10 minutes we see a hot chick robot making with a young man; turns out the hot chick is actually slovenly a middle-aged man. Any twists to come later, in this variety, loses all punch.

Worth a rental.

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