Surrogates | Jonathan Mostow, 2009
Every once in a while I like to enjoy an action movie that just requires me to shut off my brain and just enjoy the explosions, but they have to at least have a cohesive plot. However, my favorite kind of action movie is the one that not only entertains, but also gives you something to chew on in terms of themes and plot. Surrogates seemed like it would be that type of movie, but I was sorely disappointed.
In Surrogates, 98% of the population lives their lives through their surrogates, that is a good looking machine that is connected to its owner’s brain and they can live an awesome life. Thanks to surrogate use, crime rates have almost disappeard. However, since we do have to have a movie, someone found a way to kill people through their surrogates, not it is up to Bruce Willis to save the world. But as he does, he finds out that nothing is quite what it seems to be.
As I said, I was expecting a thoughtful action movie. The plot did have some interesting ideas behind it, but it lacked a good script and good action. The dialogue is awful, and none of the actors seem to be into their characters. The only performance I didn’t mind was Rosamund Pike’s as Bruce Willis’ wife. Radha Mitchell is also good, but I would have liked to know more about the person behind the surrogate, but the writer failed to do that. Bruce Willis just sleep walks through the role. As far as directing, Mostow could have made the movie rise above the script, yet I feel that he stuck way too close to it.
Surrogates had the potential to become a memorable action movie, but its script, and the lack of passion from the actors and the director did not allow the movie to be as good as it could be.