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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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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:

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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, Wide Release

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 unusual shoulder patch worn by Colonel Brendon is the 26th Infantry Division. A former division of the Massachusetts Army National Guard, it has been deactivated since 1993. The insignia is actually a stylized "YD", for their nickname, "The Yankee Division". See more »

Goofs

At the end of the film, mild damage from cars on some (not overly busy) inner city streets is shown, and voice-over newscasters are heard saying that there were zero human casualties. One might think that surrogates operating airplanes, when disconnected, would crash and kill human passengers. Still, there are two reasons this might not be so: first, human populations were seen as subsisting without technology, driving a horse-cart for example. No airplanes are seen in the film, likely because, as Maggie Grier explains, a vacation means operating a long-distance surrogate, not flying (one's surrogate) to a remote location. 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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User Reviews

 
Surrogacy is a perversion. It's an addiction. And you have to kill the addict to kill the addiction.
31 January 2014 | by SpikeopathSee all my reviews

I first viewed Surrogates upon its home format release and positively found it very ordinary. Viewing it again, with focus and in solitude, it proved to be a far better experience.

The action scenes are what you would expect for a multi-plex appeasing popcorner, loud, colourful and owing great debt to modern technology. Yet to dismiss this totally as one of those easy money making blockbuster movies is most unfair.

Surrogates oozes intrigue, even if it doesn't quite deliver on the smartness written on the page. The idea that in the future robotic alter egos can carry out our everyday mundane functions is cracker-jack, and it opens up a whole can of berserker worms.

This is not merely an excuse to have Bruce Willis running around exploding surrogate robots, as much fun as that is of course, there's a deeper emotional core pulsing away as Willis fights the good fight to make sure being human is not cast aside like a thing of the past, that as flawed as we are, hiding away in a surrogate is not the answer.

This axis of the story is beautifully realised by the plot strand involving Willis and Rosamund Pike as his wife, with both actors doing fine work to give it the required emotional heft. It may ultimately lose itself to a standard conspiracy plot, but there's intelligence within to make Surrogates a better film than it first appears. 7/10


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