“Unplug and run… from the theater”

In the new film I, Robot… wait that isn’t right. In the new film The Stepford Wives… oops still not correct. The new movie Short Circuit… darn wrong again! In the new film Surrogates, there we go, we find little originality and even less of a plot line or attempt at decent film making. I was excited about this film and was hoping for tip top sci-fi action and stunning visual effects. What I got was a rehash of many other films and a story line that probably looked good on paper but didn’t make the transition to the big screen.

In the hopefully not so near future we find a society where humans no longer need to go outside to live their normal day to day lives. The creation of surrogates that run completely off of your thought processes do it all. All you have to do is lay in a recliner with some electrodes hooked up to your head and you see and hear everything that your surrogate does. No worries of crime or murder and accidental dismemberment. Get hit by a car? No problem, just order a new surrogate. Plus you can create them to look however you want. So all you have walking around are airbrushed beauties and hunks with not a blemish to be seen. When someone creates a weapon that destroys the human host when the Surrogate is “destroyed” it is up to an old school cop (Bruce Willis) and the inventor of surrogates (James Cromwell) to figure out why.

This film is laughable in its attempt to create a futuristic world where robots are the answer. For one, as elaborate as surrogates are they have to cost a fortune to purchase and maintain yet everyone has one. What, we all make millions in the future? Plus there are no homeless people or children or animals to be seen anywhere in the movie. It’s as if the lower and middle class have all been left out. But what really made me laugh is that in this lifestyle people lay in a recliner for 10 or 11 hours a day manipulating their surrogates yet they never have to go pee or eat. The whole concept is so far fetched that even for science fiction it is eye rolling stupidity.

The acting too is a joke. Yet I do not blame one of the cast members for this. They are given lines and characters that are so thinly created and woven together that even the moments of drama and tension fall flat. Willis’ character is supposed to be tired of the way things have become and depressed about society. I now think he wasn’t acting but just portraying his feelings about this role he signed on to play. Even the look of the film couldn’t salvage it. The effects where so unimaginative and lack any sort of creativity. The movie poster is the best visual of the entire film. They should have let the person who designed that image work on the rest of the movie.

Surrogates is rated PG-13 for intense sequences of violence, disturbing images, language, sexuality and a drug-related scene. This film is not unsafe for your 14 and ups but I am sure in this day and age they will find it more absurd than the parents. It is a film that steals everything from past projects and tries to recycle them into this new and cutting edge flick. Fail. Where the films they stole from succeeded Surrogates short circuits completely. I give it 1 out of 5 nose jobs. Do not even waste your time on this one. Even if I had a surrogate I would not force it to see this movie. Unplug and run. So says Matt Mungle

Matt Mungle (matt@mungleshow.com) (10/05/09)

(1 out of 5)

Review copyright 2009 Mungleshow Productions. Used by Permission.

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