Friday, February 5, 2010

Surrogates (The Importance of Being Human)

Surrogates - (4 Stars)

Imagine a world where you could live your life without the worry of being in a car accident, catching a disease, or injuring yourself. Surrogates takes this premise and explores what could happen if people didn't have to worry about these problems but also what consequences result from this choice. The movie stars Bruce Willis and despite a few "suspend your disbelief" moments and a little cheesiness at times, the movie is a solid action movie with an interesting idea.

In the near future, humans have adapted the use of surrogate robots for their everyday lives. Instead of going to work, people send their surrogate and control them from the safety of their own home. When two surrogates are attacked and unexplainably their operators are killed as a direct result, FBI Agent Tom Greer (Willis) is sent to investigate. Further complicating the matter for Greer is the fact that, following a similar attack, he is left without the safety of his surrogate.

Surrogates is a movie with a thought-provoking premise. Humans have essentially stopped being human and instead live their everyday life through a machine. What seems like a perfect world (less violence, less crime, less worry or fear) is in reality one fraught with isolation and loneliness. Nowhere is this more evident than in Willis' character, a human who uses a surrogate but isn't entirely comfortable with the idea. There are some moments that seem a little forced or cheesy, but overall the movie takes its intriguing notion and delivers an exciting thriller. (Netflix)

(89 Minutes - Rated PG-13 for Intense sequences of violence, disturbing images, language, sexuality and a drug-related scene)

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