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Surrogates (Blu-ray) (RENTAL)

3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (84 customer reviews)
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  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (84 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0077F15XW

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27 of 31 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A robot sci-fi movie with a difference! 4 Mar 2010
And one that is becoming more relevant at that. Bruce Willis is superb as a detective who is investigating a murder, in a future society where a murder hasn't been committed for years! Why?

People in this future never go out. Instead, a robot/avatar copy of themselves, which they can add their personality to, goes to work, goes to the mall, goes out, while the real person stays at home in safety. Sounds farfetched? Think again. Think about how many people these days spend more time online on sites like Facebook and not interacting with real people . . . then see that SURROGATES is networking gone too far in the future! And the real people who stay in are becoming obese couch potatoes like the starship passengers in WALL-E and turning to alcohol and drugs to make their lives better, even though crime on the outside is down.

Things take on a new twist when FBI Agent Tom Geer(Willis, who also plays his surrogate robot in a small role, which was clever)investigating the death of the son of the Chief Executive of the robot manufacturing corporation that made the surrogates; discovering an armed resistance group opposed to the technology wanting a return to humanity. The pace never slackens and the ending - WOW. Not what I expected at all, which really made this a five-star review. I won't give it away, but it does make you think hard about how too dependent on high-tech gadgets and introverted lifestyles we have become.

Ironic, as one reviewer stated, I'm posting it on a site like this, but SURROGATES, one of the most underrated movies of 2009 by critics, comes highly recommended!!
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24 of 28 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Willis makes it watchable. 29 Dec 2009
This film was an interesting twist on the robot as human concept, with a plot that managed to keep the viewer interested, up until the silly ending which I did not like. A high tech company has specialized in mass producing surrogates, or personal robots, which are sold to the American middle class. They are quickly adopted to perform routine functions and then essentially perform high level functions (like one's job). The main theme was how the surrogates assumed people's lives and identities to such an extent the flesh & blood owner of the surrogate could stay home and presumably pursue higher level interests. The reality was most people simply fell into a spiritual stupor, resorting to alcohol or drugs to pass their time.

Some of the actors were very good and up to the task of portraying themselves in robotic fashion (this doesn't require great acting skill but the screenplay was quite good) but most of the time they felt miscast like Ving Rhames character. I thought Bruce Willis did a good job though in the lead role(s) as FBI Agent Tom Geer (he also played his "surrogate" as a very low key robot). Bruce's surrogate is investigating the death of the son of the founder of the corporation that invented and produced the surrogates. This kicked off the main plot, which centered around an armed resistance group opposed to surrogates and attempting to defeat the surrogates and the corporation that produced them.

If the plot sounds confused, at times it is, and the ending was less than satisfying. But for a far fetched sci-fi movie about robots, this was one of the decent ones, District 9 was alot better though.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars THE ULTIMATE VANITY. 18 Oct 2013
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
Yes,instead of a facelift,Botox,gastronomic band, cosmetic surgery or makeover just buy a clone(or Surrogate) of yourself(in the image of your younger,fitter self)and let it live your life while you gross out in a reclining chair all day and stagnate and get older.

This realization by the writers of the plot is because we are becoming far more dependant on communicating by social media via the internet and they see Surrogates as a natural progression in the 'not so distant future'.

That's the premise of this film and it's an interesting hypothesis.

At the end of the film an 'Electronic Pulse' kills all the Surrogates(and there are millions of them),and you see real people(the hosts)staggering out of their homes in their dressing gowns like Zombies.

I suppose that in itself is supposed to be a warning to us all? I suppose so.

Bruce Willis plays his part very well as a 'real person' who has to come out of his apartment to deal with the real world when his clone is destroyed.Most of the other acting roles were quite minor so it's Willis who carries the film.
The idea,the plot of the film keeps nagging me long after watching it. Check it out yourself.
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33 of 39 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Detaching From Reality 17 Oct 2009
By H. meiehofer VINE VOICE
Surrogates posits a world where we humans have almost entirely divorced ourselves from reality and entirely embraced a virtual existence. Each one of us lives our lives vicariously via an android which we control remotely. Just an extension of the logic we are following today perhaps.

This is quite an interesting idea which builds upon the work of Philip K Dick, particularly Bladerunner, in examining the nature of consciousness. It also examines the fears that some of us have about how much technology is separating us from experiencing the real world; for example instead of talking to a friend about this film, I am posting a review on Amazon (which is fairly ironic in the circumstances).

The film does not entirely live up to these grand ideas in its execution. The plot is not wholly convincing and the film does not fully grab the viewer's emotions, although Bruce Willis does turn in his usual solid performance.

Nonetheless, it is good to see a modern science fiction work which goes beyond special effects (although this has plenty of those as well).
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5.0 out of 5 stars Thought inspiring
What if you could be whoever you liked, what if you could stay in bed instead of going out to work?
This Sci-Fi movie was mentioned in 'Physics of the Future' by Michio Kaku... Read more
Published 8 hours ago by David A. Nash
5.0 out of 5 stars very good
Very good quality, excellent would recommend it to friends and family. We really enjoyed it was wonderful. Just what we needed.
Published 1 month ago by Zola Kyele
4.0 out of 5 stars Surrogacy is a perversion. It's an addiction. And you have to kill the...
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... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Spike Owen
5.0 out of 5 stars great order
what can i say, when you buy these things you have a good idea of what it is you are looking for and this order did not disappoint. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Chris2649
4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable
Enjoyable film, has Bruce reprising his role as a grouchy cop, but with a bit if a twist everyone now inhabits surrogates to interact with one another in the real world, like an... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Rowmars
2.0 out of 5 stars Upload completed....
Surrogates are created so that humans can link up, and go out into the world without having to deal with the dangers of everyday life. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Mr. Corey S. Newcombe
5.0 out of 5 stars surrogates
thank you for the dvd it was a great film we have enjoyed the film and we cant stop watching so thank you again
Published 5 months ago by shrek
3.0 out of 5 stars Nifty trailer, so so film
The underlying scenario for this film is that in the near future people will live their lives vicariously through android surrogates. Read more
Published 5 months ago by tallmanbaby
4.0 out of 5 stars Decent
Good effort typical Bruce Willis movie he has lots of problems with different characters in the movie but this example has a few twists involved which makes it a cut above the... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Happy chap
5.0 out of 5 stars Where there's a Willis.
Great storyline with terrific action scenes, Willis in top form as usual, this guy has yet to make a bad film.
Published 6 months ago by fox1
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