Lex Petros: Surrogates

Thursday, October 08, 2009


FBI agents Tom Greer (Bruce Willis) and Peters (Radha Mitchell) investigate the mysterious murder of a college student linked to the man who helped create a high-tech surrogate phenomenon that allows people to purchase unflawed robotic versions of themselves – fit, good looking remotely controlled machines that ultimately assume their life roles – enabling people to experience life vicariously from the comfort and safety of their own homes.
  • Razia simply described it as "a stupid movie!"...
  • Surrogates rated 40% on the "Tomatometer" with a resultant consensus that though the flick sports a slick look and feel, Surrogates fails to capitalize on a promising premise, relying instead on mindless action and a poor script...
  • Movie aficionados and bloggers gave it slightly more than a 5 over a scale of 10 because it's a Bruce Willis flick.
  • For me, possible one of the biggest waste of opportunity to hit the box office given the plot had so much potential, unfortunately, the development was immensely unimaginative and lack originality.

This author opines that Surrogates was a result of a lack of two-critical elements in a good movie... a capable director and a good script writer. Although Willis did a fair job in developing Agent Greer's character alongside Mitchell and Rosamund Pike who played his wife, the production of the movie seemed to be an afterthought and a poor attempt at reinventing the same theme.

For me, it was inescapable the movie appeared to bear striking similarities with:
  • Matrix where human minds are plugged into in a CG generated world whilst their bodies are used as batteries to power machines which have taken control of the world. The Wachowski brothers commendable work of blending surreality and action gave us the slow-mo panning sequences and gravity defying scenes.
  • Terminator mechanized humanoids with grafted human skin on metal endo skeletons programmed to wipe out humanity. The theory of uprising machines over man has always played into our imaginations.
  • I Robot with the exception the robots here,called surrogates are manipulated by their human owners through a hive network.
  • would you think of A Nightmare on Elm Street? I could not help it, especially when people who get slain in their dreams actually end up dead! Of course the protoganist in that horror flick was a poorly dressed and badly burnt psycho, but the premise of the linked mind and body experience is nothing so new.
If only this silver screen rendition was directed and written by M. Night Shyamalan, Bruce Willis may have had the saving grace of being paired with eccentric director and even if the movie fails to hit the box office marks the audience would have been more forgiving.

was an utter waste of time, tasteless and un-original.


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Blogger aindhy said...

The comics, on which this movie is based, are brilliant!

They should have stuck closer to the source material me thinks!

4:02 PM  
Blogger Peter said...

I haven't read the comics, but I think you may be right. most of the time, these things are like that. My fellow blogger (City of Kirk), Nick also opines that some material just cannot make it on film. Best left in the books, comics or graphic novels.

6:16 PM  
Blogger aindhy said...

It depends actually - adaptations are tricky... you gotta ditch some stuff and keep some other stuff and ADAPT other... well you get what I mean...


for my thoughts on the Batman adaptations by Nolan/Goyer/Nolan

6:36 PM  
Blogger Peter said...

I think the fact that Batman adaptions by Nolan/Goyer/Nolan tells us something. Yeah, but I agree with you that movie adaptations can be a little tricky. Obviously Surrogates gambled and lost! I doubt this would make a dent in the box office! :P

10:38 PM  
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