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Starring Bruce Willis, Radha Mitchell, Rosamund Pike, James Cromwell and Ving Rhames
Screenplay by John Brancato & Michael Ferris
Based on the graphic novel by Robert Venditti and Brett Weldele
Directed by Jonathan Mostow
website: http://chooseyoursurrogate.com

IN SHORT: Just OK. [Rated PG-13. 89 minutes]

Once upon a time a long, long time ago, a creative scientist / wheelchair bound genius named Dr. Lionel Canter (James Cromwell) invented a machine that would mimic the actions of the human body. Said humanoid was to be powered by wireless transmissions from its owner's mind sent by a thing called a "Stim Chair". That's a very complicated way of saying that these "surrogate" bodies could go out into the world and do your daily job or whatever while you lie down on the job, so to speak. Fourteen years on, the world has got billions of these machines on the street and a growing group of outcast humans who don't have access to these robot thingies. One of the deprived humans has developed a weapon to utterly destroy a surrogate with one small side effect -- the real life human pushing the buttons dies as well. As Surrogates opens we see one such unlucky machine bite the dust. Said machine turns out to be linked to Dr. Canter's son (Cody Christian), who also hits the scrap heap, so to speak.

See..... the thing is that the human controllers are supposed to be all snug as a bug while their LMD's can get mashed like a potato. That humans are dying really seems to upset the authorities who have been coasting for years as the presence of these surrogates has knocked the crime rate down to about zero. Go figure.

In comes the FBI to try to solve the case -- said case being the murder of the son. No one really cares about a dead machine, save for whatever monetary value the thing might  have (but that doesn't stop a small segment of the human population, led by a loudmouth nicknamed The Prophet (Ving Rhames), who want these robots removed from society). Working said case are Agents Thomas Greer (Bruce Willis) and Jennifer Peters (Radha Mitchell). Both are surrogates. The former has marital problems and the latter gets a neat plot twist towards the end, so no more about that. Early on in the film, the Greer surrogate suffers extraordinary damage. The net result? Human agent Greer hits the streets of a world filled with non-human surrogates.

The closer Greer gets to cracking the case, the closer he comes to getting whacked by the villain behind the criminal activity. Even hinting at the who and why will wreck the story, that's how slim the thing is. So we're gonna wrap it up early.

On average, a first run movie ticket will run you Ten Bucks. Were Cranky able to set his own price to Surrogates, he would have paid . . .


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