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Surrogates (2009)

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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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Jonathan Mostow

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Michael Ferris (screenplay), John Brancato (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Bruce Willis ... Greer
Radha Mitchell ... Peters
Rosamund Pike ... Maggie
Boris Kodjoe ... Stone
James Francis Ginty ... Canter
James Cromwell ... Older Canter
Ving Rhames ... The Prophet
Jack Noseworthy ... Strickland
Devin Ratray ... Bobby
Michael Cudlitz ... Colonel Brendon
Jeffrey De Serrano ... Armando
Helena Mattsson ... JJ the Blonde
Michael Philip Michael Philip ... Uniformed Cop
Danny F Smith Danny F Smith ... Victim (as Danny Smith)
Brian A. Parrish Brian A. Parrish ... Hard Hat (as Brian Parrish)
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Storyline

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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Human perfection. What could go wrong? 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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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 September 2009 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Surrogates See more »

Filming Locations:

Boston, Massachusetts, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$80,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$14,902,692, 27 September 2009

Gross USA:

$38,577,772

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$122,444,772
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Color:

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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The film takes place in 2017. See more »

Goofs

When Bobby shows Peters how he can "Buffer" people from their surrogates, the robots freeze in place. When Greer "Buffers" everyone to prevent them from dying from the virus, the robots continue to move. They should have stopped as soon as the buffer took place, isolating people from machines. See more »

Quotes

[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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Better than some reviews suggest
2 January 2010 | by ajasysSee all my reviews

I see many reviews here that denigrate the film, and a few that celebrate it. I believe it deserves neither fulsome praise nor vitriol, as it is a somewhat better than average film betrayed by bad choices.

I'll keep this short: The concept is decent, the execution is mediocre, the result is that I give it 7 out of 10 stars.

I would have graded this far higher had the creators spent more time making several of the characters more human (which is funny, given that "humanity" as compared to a more machine-like existence is a core concept of the screenplay), but they didn't. The only character in the film who achieves anything like true humanity is Bruce Willis', and this occurs only because the plot requires it.

When a film's construction and leverage depend on the very definition of humanity as it's core concept, leaving the humanity of most of the characters behind is something more than stupid -- it cripples the film.

This doesn't mean the film is unwatchable; it has enough elements of action, pathos, suspense & revenge to make it worth your time throughout.

But it could have been so much better, if not for so many poor choices.


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