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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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Did You Know?


Jonathan Mostow's first film since Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines (2003). See more »


In the elevator going to see Dr. Canter, Greer is standing next to the bodyguard and glances over to see a gun under the bodyguard's jacket. In the following shot, no one has moved and as they begin to exit the elevator, Greer is now behind the bodyguard and would not have been able to see the gun from there. 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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Skin Trade
Written by Deane Ogden
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User Reviews

What will the future look like? ... Maybe like this!
11 April 2010 | by (Monaco) – See all my reviews

I basically agree with Ebert's review on this one. This is definitely only a simple action flick, but it is well made, the acting is decent, the f/x very good, the film is never tacky, boring or overtly see-through. Enough to keep e viewer interested and entertained while lounging on a couch eating popcorn and drinking beer on a Sunday afternoon. What's wrong with that? In addition, it poses a couple of interesting questions about our current and especially future relationship with machines, the morality of it, etc. These questions will become more and more important as each day passes, and even though the movie does not even attempt to analyze or answer them, it is not unimportant to have posed them. A classical, typically Hollywood-ian ending offers no real solutions, all the wrong certainties and faulty answers, albeit populist ones.

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