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09/26/2013 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

"Surrogates" by Yojimbo

In the near future, the population has taken to living their own lives vicariously through the use of robotic avatars but when an assassin starts destroying the machines and their users with a top secret weapon, a lone FBI agent begins to question the value of his isolated, second hand life. The premise of Surrogates has a lot of promise; it's clearly a parody of the logical conclusion of social media and the obsession with superficial appearance and the decreasing face to face interactions of everyday life. In this it is reminiscent of the work of Philip K. Dick with a dash of Isaac Asimov. In fact the story plays out like a darker, seedier version of I, Robot but in a lot of ways it just isn't quite dark enough. Bruce Willis brings the same kind of desperation and vulnerability he broug...

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12/22/2011 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

So-So Sci-Fi

Directed by Jonathan Mostow (‘Terminator 3: Rise Of The Machines’, ‘Breakdown’), ‘Surrogates’ has a familiar feel to it. It’s sort of a cross between ‘Die Hard’ and ‘I Robot’.
While I liked the concept behind the story; the actual film was creeping me out a bit – the whole notion of people just lounging at home while their mechanical alter-egos step out into the real world to do whatever bidding their controller wants to vicariously experience. There are some unsettling parallels to the current practice of people masquerading as something they really are not, on various web sites and chat rooms.

With a running time of just under 90 minutes, Mostow keeps things moving along at a brisk pace. Bruce Willis, as Detective Tom Greer, ends up channeling his John McClane character vis-à-vis hi...

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