Based on a graphic comic which is a
glorified comic with more pages, Surrogates was actually a
surprising watch for myself that had me glued to the screen for almost
90 minutes. At times, the movie reminds me of Blade Runner, i
Robot & Gamer as we are taken on a surreal journey set in the
not so distant future.
With mankind's addiction to perfectionism
and depending on your income, you can virtually live your life through a
beautiful replicant (robot) while your ageing and sickly body rests
comfortably at home. These replicants are called surrogates and this
perfect world is about to receive a rude awakening when the son of the
founder of these surrogates is found murdered.
To add fuel to the fire, it seems that the
weapon used to destroy his surrogate had the ability to send a
devastating feedback back of energy to the "driver" or host, destroying
the surrogate and killing the host. This is where a younger and almost
perfect Bruce Willis comes into the picture as FBI Agent Tom Greer,
together with his partner Jennifer Peters (Radha Mitchell) who attempt
to solve this bizarre murder which seems to be spreading.
Evidence points to the anti-surrogate
collective, led by the charismatic Prophet, played delightfully by Ving
Rhames who seems more Rastafarian than religious leader. Even though
Willis plays his traditional hard assed cop, he successfully manages to
capture his character well throughout the movie, especially the
turbulent and moving relationship with hife wife. Mitchell is a little
dry as her portrayal as an FBI agent but the partnership of FBI veteran
and relative new Agent Peters does create an interesting dynamic.
Between the lines, it seems that Surrogates
is a social commentary on our addiction to technology and more so with
social networking and virtual worlds as some people portray themselves
differently than they do in the real-world. This is highlighted
perfectly in the movie with an obese driver controlling his beautiful
young female surrogate while he sits in his filth at home. It's gross
but a reality. For a science fiction thriller, there is plenty of action
along the way from fire fights to car chases and without spoiling the
movie, the ending actually surprised me in more ways than one.
On Blu-ray, the video quality is perfect as
are the surrogates with their realistic skin tones and larger than the
life colours. The comparison between the surrogates and their drivers is
quite noticeable throughout the movie and on Blu-ray, you can see
every little flaw. To match the stunning 1080p video quality, the DTS-HD
5.1 Master Audio Lossless mix works extremely well, especially in the
action scenes and even subtle ambience only highlights the film even
more. Must have equipment is a FULL HD TV and surround sound.
When it comes to special features,
Surrogates definitely raises the bar with the following interesting and
A more Perfect You: The science of
Breaking the Frame: A Graphic Novel
Comes to Life
I will not Bow - Music Video by
Feature Audio Commentary by Director
Jonathan Moscow &
DVD of the film
Overall, the special features gives you an
in-depth look into the making and ideologies of Surrogates and although
I usually skim special features, I managed to sit through all of them,
including the in-depth commentary by Director Moscow, the man
responsible for Terminator 3. Moscow gives the viewer a unique insight
into the movie, including the original graphic novel.
When it comes down to the crunch, the
Surrogates is a well-made and produced movie and even though it may
only be a popcorn phenomenon, there is enough content in the special
features and throughout the movie to watch a few more times and even get
something different from it. A good story, great acting and some
visually impressive special effects, recommended!