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Surrogates

2009
Sci-fi
Suspense/Thriller
1h 29m
Set in a futuristic world where humans live in isolation and interact through surrogate robots, a cop (Willis) is forced to leave his home for the first time in years in order to investigate the murders of others' surrogates.
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Surrogates

2009
Sci-fi
Suspense/Thriller
1h 29m
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Rated 28 May 2011
80
86th
The incredibly strong premise is almost squandered by a disappointingly average plot, but the entertainingly fast pace and convincing aesthetics help. Some elements are a bit on-the-nose (the extent to which the isolated humans are "uglied down", the clichéd main relationship) and Mostow never fully explores the hows-and-whys of his world. A real shame, since scratching the surface just a bit deeper could have revealed a profound parable about the distancing effect of the progress of technology.
Rated 21 Oct 2009
35
17th
Wish so much this movie was better, but it's crap
Rated 03 Jan 2010
80
79th
Well developed world but a pretty standard cop thriller. The setting was obviously worked on a lot and they give little details that help make a grounded world, but some of the plot elements seem a bit undeveloped. Still good though
Rated 06 Oct 2009
50
38th
In a thicket of hazy plot points, awfully mapped out characters, half-boiled ideas and character motivations that are not only uninteresting but completely, bafflingly, up-the-wall insane Bruce Willis stands firm as a rock, proving that his very prescence can elevate an otherwise mediocre-at-best sci-fi thriller to a watchable affair. Undercooked, it ends just when it starts to get interesting.
Rated 21 Sep 2010
59
24th
Someboday had a pretty interesting idea, and a pretty crappy script.
Rated 04 Feb 2010
30
21st
Bland casting and unimaginative storytelling are this films biggest weaknesses. A solid sci-fi premise is reduced to a wafer thin and predictable plot, that really goes nowhere and does not seem to tell you much at all about the concept it's built upon. Add on top of that the bland mis-cast characters, a poor script and some untidy editing coupled with the aforementioned lazy storytelling and "Surrogates" is little more than a few flashy special effects stretched out over an hour and a half.
Rated 18 Oct 2009
68
70th
Great science fiction premise, however the film would have benefited from a slower, more thorough exposition to explore the complexities of the unique setting. Needed to be longer. I was a bit disappointed to see this degenerate into a standard whodunnit/conspiracy thriller when only moderate additional effort to improve cinematography, slow the pacing and change the script so it isn't a crappy hollywood murder-mystery surely could have yielded an excellent science fiction film.
Rated 15 Nov 2009
6
55th
Better than expected. The awesome premise wins out over the convoluted plot and mostly forgettable characters. It's all in the concept. Even though it's about as subtle as a blunt blow to the back of the head, the criticism of our reliance on plastic surgery, of our ridiculous physical ideals and of our day-to-day life via avatars (or at least non-physical interaction, i.e. Facebook, Twitter etc) are poignant. Overall fertile ground for an even better exploration of the (modern) human condition.
Rated 12 Nov 2009
60
57th
Difficult to rate. Very original premise, it gave me the same feeling of wtf as watching the matrix for the first time. The execution is not too good, it's got a lot of gaps but overall I enjoyed it. I do hope more movies will be made based on this premise. It has some really interesting features and implications to play around with. Maybe a new genre is born?
Rated 30 Sep 2009
3
28th
The basic premise definitely has some hard sci-fi charm, but the story around it struggles to live up to the promise. It has predictable twists and is riddled with plot holes. Pretty badass car chase though. The car chase was also the highlight of Terminator 3; that seems to be Jonathan Mostow's sole talent as a director.
Rated 01 Mar 2010
3
26th
Lame. You need decent storytelling when you have this sort of premise. Nothing was attention grabbing and really in every area it just felt like not enough was done.
Rated 05 Oct 2009
72
41st
A one watch, throw away sci-fi flick. It's a decent idea, but was carried out in a sub-par manner. I have a feeling, though, that even if it were made perfectly, the plot severely limits the entertainment value of this movie.
Rated 16 Nov 2009
74
45th
Just like iRobot, but little more watchable and little less annoying. But nevertheless, not that great, could be sooooo much better.
Rated 06 Dec 2009
30
7th
Plot holes, poor execution, nonsensical premise, formulaic conspiracy, Bruce Willis' bad hair, an awfully mediocre sci fi movie.
Rated 12 Jun 2022
80
75th
Very cool, though a bit flawed. A great premise, one of the few sci-fi premises which seems remotely close to possible.
Rated 29 Sep 2009
60
25th
While the depth of this flick barely nips at your ankles, I thought it worked for what it was. It takes a certain (minor!) view on the direction of technology and explores its surface, but I find myself mostly a fatalist with this flick - I knew what was going to happen, basically from the outset, and I'd resigned myself to it. The twist was quite cool, you could probably see it coming but it eluded me and so it popped for that, I was engrossed in Brucey's mystique, but that can only go so far.
Rated 22 Sep 2011
75
73rd
I liked this more than I thought... To see Bruce in a different role than usual was refreshing. Love the awkward feeling the movie gives you
Rated 18 Mar 2011
72
58th
a fresh take on the sci-fi universe
Rated 21 Apr 2010
79
65th
Others complained about Bruce Willis' hair but, personally, I liked it. Kind of a "Hair Beret".
Rated 20 Oct 2009
55
34th
Interesting premise but simply delivers a lackluster movie. The twists aren't particularly exciting and generally the movie feels like it has a fascinating world to play in and then gives you a relatively generic action-thriller. Honestly the most memorable moment is a pretty impressive car chase, much like Mostow's other disappointment Terminator 3.
Rated 04 Jan 2010
80
70th
It did have a very well worked-out background story that seemed at least plausible, if not probable. Could have been a lot more. At least it wasn't just a bunch of action scenes pieced together...
Rated 21 Jan 2010
50
29th
Yeah, the criticism towards modern day plastic trends is great but it doesn't carry otherwise decent and unbelievable thriller.
Rated 29 Mar 2010
83
33rd
I think this one has been slightly underrated. I enjoyed the story and the premise was quite interesting. Overall a Sci-Fi film I can definitely recommend.
Rated 29 Dec 2009
22
6th
Hollywood can be very persistent trying to push same ideas for the films over and over again. For sci-fi genre it's the concept of the future where people control robots (or other people, like in Gamer) through some link. Stop it already. Matrix WAS cool, but it's time to move on and look for the new ideas. It's hard to say anything good about this particular film. Plot is a mess, acting is poor, sfx are mediocre.
Rated 27 Apr 2010
45
20th
The main story concept could have worked in a good science fiction movie. To bad this isn't a good science fiction movie, and actualy not really a good movie at all. There are a lot of plot holes, a lot of badly done clichés and nothing new or interesting. Equilibrium was better.
Rated 19 Jul 2010
60
55th
Good idea, average execution
Rated 29 Sep 2009
70
41st
Works as entertainment, I wasn't bored. So that right there is enough to give it a 51. But throw in Willis, some ideas (whether they were worth exploring is up for debate though) and an interesting enough world, and you got a good flick. No, it's not fantastic, but it's still a lot of fun both as just a thriller and a sci-fi flick with a little something deeper (though not too deep).
Rated 02 Oct 2009
50
12th
Such a waste of great potential, i was shocked.. The movie had such a shallow and brief look over everything that i got sad. Could easily go over 120 mins but obviously they just went for the box office and fucked up the movie.. Too bad..
Rated 20 Dec 2009
52
33rd
A hard sci-fi premise is demolished and smashed into a passable run-of-the-mill film.
Rated 13 Mar 2010
62
40th
It started of very promissing but failed to keep up this pace. The acting is decent, but the story isn't that good. There are a lot of plotholes and after 45 minutes they take a different swing with the story and actually they messed it up.
Rated 02 Jun 2015
51
23rd
It's kind of nice to have movies like this that fall off your radar (granted, because they aren't any good) and you rediscover years later on cable and get a little sucked in because all you can think is, "I have no idea what happens in this movie. I don't remember any of this!" So, in a weird crappy kind of way it goes on forever. It's like the career of Motley Crüe. "Oh, yeah! Oh, no."
Rated 12 Nov 2009
46
43rd
Another half cobbled together mechanical paranoia sci-fi, with decent base ideas put together in a rather irregular fashion. While it throws up a decent car chase and a few slightly interesting scenes along the way, it generally feels uneventful with characters tacked on where they are needed rather than being properly integrated into the rest of the plotline. Sure, most of these characters appear as mechanical replacements, but there are still individuals involved behind each sinister facade.
Rated 01 Aug 2012
2
46th
Why so unambitious?, an idea that if dug into could have run and run. Wasted as a second-rate, one-off actioner.
Rated 22 Jul 2011
87
74th
almost as good as Matrix
Rated 17 Nov 2009
60
34th
Could have been so much better than this. Just plain medicore.
Rated 08 Jun 2010
40
18th
Bad sci-fi and not in a good way. The idea is pretty interesting but ultimately too illogical and unrealistic, and the movie is just a series of tiered clichés.
Rated 08 Nov 2009
30
7th
another film starring bruce willis the man who pioneered being bruce willis
Rated 13 Dec 2009
71
25th
If you enjoy this, I'd also recommend The Thirteenth Floor (1999), Xchange (2000), and I, Robot (2004).
Rated 04 Jul 2010
67
20th
An interesting premise wasted on what becomes a game of cat and mouse and a predictable murder mystery. There was a world at the ready to be explored, but they just barely gave the minimum. It seemed like Mostow forgot how to be creative beyond just your typical run of the mill mystery. I liked the idea of the surrogate, just not the idea of another murder mystery. Explore how the surrogates genuinely affected human life and the tech world, dont stop when there was limitless options.
Rated 05 Dec 2009
80
78th
I liked both the concept and the plot, makes you stop and think for a second. They should've extended the movie a bit though.
Rated 25 Sep 2009
78
70th
More could have been done but most of what is here is interesting and at times an amusing look at some of the life we currently live.
Rated 28 Sep 2010
68
47th
I think this film gets an unnecessarily harsh rap. It's a decent sci-fi in the same vein as I-Robot, just with a less subtle moral. I liked it. A bit.
Rated 19 Aug 2011
50
25th
In the end, it was pretty boring. It was fascinating to watch the actors pretend to be synthetic bodies, often not moving entirely naturally and little things like that. And the idea itself, while treading very close to The Matrix and others of that ilk, does lend itself to a lot of imaginative possibilities, many of which are actually touched upon in the film.If you dig scifi watch it. You won't find any reason to watch it ever again, but you won't regret having seen it the one time either.
Rated 29 Sep 2011
35
38th
#11#, popcorn, story, casting.
Rated 25 May 2012
55
47th
Quite enjoyable actually.
Rated 03 Jun 2024
62
41st
I didn't have any expectations going into this, but it was surprisingly interesting. A solid concept that still suffers some from being so mediocre character/action-wise. Some similar plots have been done better before, but if you're a fan of the genre, it's a solid watch. Runs a pretty interesting parallel with people's online identities these days + the whole thing of creating the airbrushed, perfect persona to show to the world. Too bad the script wasn't better, though!
Rated 14 Aug 2011
30
4th
I'm just in it for the robot sex. Also when someone entered the console command 'kill all' and then the whole world ragdolled. That was kinda funny. The problem being I really don't think they meant it to be...
Rated 11 Nov 2013
30
22nd
It's not that it's bad. It's just one of those films that doesn't seem to need repeated viewings. Perfectly tolerable sci-fi thriller, with an interesting premise with implications for our Internet lives.
Rated 16 Oct 2009
7
33rd
Not the best sci-fi movie, but still managed to keep me interested.
Rated 05 Aug 2012
30
11th
This one also falls into the category of "Great idea- frustratingly bad execution". I was bored almost right from the beginning. Even the great Bruce Willis couldn't save the film.
Rated 10 Jun 2018
69
45th
IDK why people crap on this. It's not a bad movie and it basically tells you with its marketing to leave your brain at the door. There are worse Bruce Willis and action/sci-fi movies out there.
Rated 19 Oct 2009
40
30th
had to think of will smith all the time, first the i robot like start and then the pretty cool final scenes that had something of i am legend. the role wasnt really something for bruce willis though, he's not the high tech guy, more of a these-days-badass
Rated 01 Dec 2010
20
10th
Builds a really great world, then does...nothing with it.
Rated 09 Sep 2011
37
11th
Best part was when all the surrogates were like, "UHHHH, CLUNK."
Rated 05 Apr 2013
35
29th
"iRobot - now featuring a white dude" All in all this can only be described as bland. Mediocre acting, predictable story, bland characters.
Rated 02 Sep 2015
91
44th
Bruce Willis plays FBI Agent Greer, who's called to investigate a murder in which a "surrie" being destroyed causes the death of its operator. So robot Greer interviews robot witnesses with his robot partner Agent Peters (Radha Mitchell). The Agents figure out that The Prophet (Ving Rhames), the rebel leader of all human beings who refuse surrogacy, believing it a pollution of the human spirit, has gotten hold of a weapon that can destroy robots and their users in one shot.
Rated 25 Mar 2011
64
35th
I have liked the Extracorpereal unit idea since Ghost in the Shell, so that was a positive start. The general flow of ideas and the premise of the story was alright, but execution of them was unfortunately very weak; which made the movie quite mediocre. In places it felt like, they told to Willis "Man, you don't need to do anything; just stay there and we will build the movie around you". At the end of the day, it might be viewed as a decent prequel for the inevitable Altered Carbon: the Movie.
Rated 07 Apr 2014
40
43rd
Hollywood takes a solid sci-fi premise and boils it down to chase scenes. Again. The point of sci-fi as a genre is to raise questions about us and our future, or our existing philosophical view of ourselves. Lots of cars flipping over doesn't address those concepts.
Rated 14 Mar 2010
62
29th
Bleh.
Rated 29 Dec 2009
70
18th
Passable, competent S-F thriller that sadly fails to develop and mine the ideas it plays off on.
Rated 12 Oct 2009
41
62nd
Less than it looked like, but still more than average. It was weak ended and cheap plot pointed, the story was basically good outline.
Rated 14 Mar 2010
72
50th
Good but not as good as others from this genre
Rated 27 Aug 2010
45
16th
This film is far too eager to dismantle its hastily-constructed story world with a plot that fits together like a five-piece jigsaw puzzle. Drawn out by some perfunctory action sequences, it's an empty and obvious waste of time.
Rated 23 Apr 2013
40
15th
the idea has that retro sci fi vibe to it, but the script and the execution is abysmal. if it wasn't for willis, it would be unwatchable. mostow surely knows how to screw up a decent sci fi.
Rated 18 Nov 2011
54
12th
Basically a stinker that did very little for me, though I usually enjoy science fiction movies very much. Seemed the film just had very little sense of urgency and a somewhat silly plot.
Rated 29 Sep 2009
79
51st
thought provoking... like.. if they all use surrogates, where do the babies come from? also how come everyone had such bad skin? (everyone except bruce willis!)
Rated 07 Oct 2010
65
46th
Perfectly adequate movie, but the premise brings up more questions than it answers. If everyone has a (presumably) unkillable, perfect body, why are they are working their boring-ass day jobs?
Rated 14 Dec 2011
51
38th
While the premise is fantastic, the film fades into Bruce Willis Action too fast and never recovers from it. Nice to follow, but nowhere near living up to its potential.
Rated 22 Sep 2011
69
15th
Another case of an interesting subject being wasted for an ordinary action-movie.
Rated 11 Jan 2010
50
35th
Silly but watchable.
Rated 19 Apr 2012
65
14th
A nice idea with a bad execution. Expectations werent high with this one, mostly since mostow has never directed a good movie. The story was predictable, the acting standard, and the script bland. Only thing going for it was the futuristic setting, which was nicely done. For the bored nights.
Rated 17 Jan 2011
65
51st
+ recommended
Rated 01 Jan 2010
60
33rd
I guess it has some sort of digital communication dehumanization message, but the premise is just too unrealistic to have any real impact in that area. It's sleek and it tells a compelling story given the premise. Plus we only had to watch one robotic super-jumping action scene. I congratulate their restraint.
Rated 03 Mar 2011
25
7th
A reasonable attempt to get at issues of virtual reality, dehumanisation, the loss of social connection and so on, marred by a plodding narrative, very weak characterisation and unconvincing production design (the “future” has rarely been so bland). It may well be that production problems affected the result, or perhaps the director is simply incompetent; however that may be, the whole thing seems rather half-baked, to put it mildly.
Rated 13 Oct 2009
75
48th
Decent enough to keep me entertained. Ain't no Ghost in the Shell, though.
Rated 11 Aug 2013
40
13th
I truly believe that Mostow just stood in his bed and let his surrogate direct this thing.
Rated 20 Sep 2016
69
22nd
Interesting premise. Poor execution. Lots of fun and plenty of Bruce Willis. Not enough James Cromwell.
Rated 22 Feb 2010
47
48th
Worth a watch
Rated 29 Dec 2009
78
43rd
Surrogates could have played out better, but I think it deserves a lot more credit than the iRobot comparisons it gets
Rated 16 Feb 2010
45
7th
Pointless Bruce Willis action vehicle. The "surrogates" look like creepy sex fetish dolls from the internet. The action is also rather lame defeating the whole purpose of the film. The dialog is pretty insipid but that's to be expected from this sort of film.
Rated 30 Jul 2010
60
24th
A lot of interesting ideas, but it would have been better had they been more fleshed out.
Rated 02 Feb 2010
70
28th
we are on our own...lol
Rated 09 Mar 2021
71
31st
This movie has many flaws, the script is not perfect, some of the characters are boring. The script does have some interesting ideas and some scenes do work. Overall I would recommend this movie.
Rated 13 Dec 2009
20
21st
Average. The idea is fairly unique but the cookie-cutter execution takes away the novelty. None of the characters make you relate with or care for them. Not much good action either. I'd advise avoiding.
Rated 02 Feb 2010
60
50th
Spoon-fed social commentary. Average story and special effects.
Rated 03 Jun 2013
40
19th
http://gorgview.com/surrogates
Rated 14 Oct 2009
35
9th
predictable and lacks logic. a generic bruce movie without the generic bruce willis smile (is that really the only pro?), but this means something, it end on a depressive note but feels very incomplete and rushed.
Rated 30 Apr 2012
47
13th
46.500
Rated 28 Jan 2010
55
45th
This movie would have had a perfect home in the 80s. The droll, seen-it detective story matched with technophobia with huge, gaping logic holes would seem to imply that it's a bad film, but ultimately it remains watchable because Bruce Willis knows how to play vulnerable. The premise is not carried far enough and the ending is too neat. But, otherwise, I didn't hate it, and I didn't feel like my time was wasted.
Rated 17 Jan 2014
60
71st
I wasn't expecting much out of Surrogates so this look into a future where society use avatars to go about their daily lives came as a pleasant surprise. Some of the ideas work, some don't quite make sense, and it contains the inevitable dodgy ending, but it's certainly fast and engaging for its duration. Watching this again would be a gamble - could get better, could get worse - but I'd be happy to do it.
Rated 29 Oct 2016
56
16th
55.500
Rated 21 Feb 2024
45
6th
Interesting premise, lackluster execution, shitty ending.
Rated 22 Oct 2009
46
37th
The idea of putting Internet avatar as a living person waking on Earth is a good one. But if the lead actor is Bruce Willis, the resulting movie cannot be filosofical innerspace exploration, you can assume. Seriously, there was one good moment when Bruce was collecting surrogates with the hood of his car. Nice touch. The flick was mere straight forwards action, but enough entertaining to see it once through. Rosamund was hot again.
Rated 17 Dec 2009
50
35th
Passes the time.
Rated 25 Feb 2010
80
88th
What's the point in living if you cant truly feel alive.
Rated 11 Jan 2016
6
54th
latent jonathan mostow auteurism
Rated 04 Jun 2012
15
4th
Filmen ga egentlig null mening.
Rated 05 Jun 2010
50
14th
A idéia é boa, mas o filme é medíocre.
Rated 30 Jan 2010
78
29th
This is another Bruce Willis science fiction movie that is better than I expected but still not as good as his other films.
Rated 20 Feb 2010
44
61st
Er ganske udmærket, men har passager hvor den bliver for almindelig, typisk for Willis faktisk. Oplægget er godt, men der mangler lige det sidste for at få det til at ringe...

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