“Surrogates” Such a Terrible Name for a Movie

Genres: Action/Adventure, Science Fiction/Fantasy, Thriller and Adaptation
Running Time:
1 hr. 44 min.
Release Date:
September 25th, 2009 (wide)
MPAA Rating:
PG-13 for intense sequences of violence, disturbing images, language, sexuality and a drug-related scene
Buena Vista Pictures Distribution

Directed by: Jonathan Mostow

JJ Rating: B-

People can leave their home without actually leaving, through a body that is created to their liking they can venture out into the real world and enjoy it as they’ve never enjoyed it before. That is until a weapon is used to cause the first murders in years. Surrogates.

That word is so freakin’ weird and gross sounding. I hate it. And as a name for a movie it doesn’t ring in my ears as an awesome movie. Good thing I don’t have to eat those words because it wasn’t that good of a movie.

What was good was that it showed addiction and why someone would be addicted and it could be linked to internet addiction where people find comfort in not being seen and being able to say what they want. Surrogates shows what Gamer showed and that was people who were totally different than what their surrogates looked like. The good thing, also, was that this film could be used in sociology because there were several aspects that are shown that would make great topics of conversation about how people act a certain way and why.

Surrogates had a terrible storyline because it was convoluted and not at all shocking when things were reviled. There was not enough information on some characters to initiate understanding for what they were going through. The acting was pretty good. I think Bruce Willis and Radha Mitchell do a fantastic job. I think the over all look of the film was a bit boring and not at all futuristic enough for it to be considered much more than drab.

If I could rename this film what would I rename it as? I don’t know, but Surrogates isn’t exactly a crowd getter as one can see. It also feels dirty as it moves out your mouth. You know it does. Don’t argue.

What could have been a powerful hard hitting film about internet addiction, or any other kind of addiction that the world becomes obsessed with, turned out to be just a soft ball tossing wannabe. It was a massive let down even though my hopes were not that high to begin with.

I personally think that if you want to see this film you should either see it early at an AMC for $5, wait for it to hit the $1 theater, rent it or just wait for it to be shown on network or cable TV. It is so not worth sitting through and it won’t make you love movies any more than you may not at this point in time. I don’t even feel like talking about it any more.

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