Surrogates
PG-13
Entertainment: +2
Acceptability: +1/2

Bruce Willis, Radha Mitchell, Rosamund Pike, James Cromwell, Ving Rhames. Written by Michael Ferris, John Brancato. Directed by Jonathan Mostow.

FILM SYNOPSIS: People are living their lives remotely from the safety of their own homes via robotic surrogates Ė sexy, physically perfect mechanical representations of themselves.† Itís an ideal world where crime, pain, fear and consequences donít exist.† When the first murder in years jolts this utopia, FBI agent Greer (BRUCE WILLIS) discovers a vast conspiracy behind the surrogate phenomenon and must abandon his own surrogate, risking his life to unravel the mystery.

PREVIEW REVIEW: I suppose thereís a moral, but the muddled storyline disguised it beyond all recognition, at least for me. That said, the film seemed to involve the audience. There was even a bit of applause during the final credits. Great effects and the surrogates for the real actors are amazing. Iím not sure of how the effects and makeup people were able to de-age Bruce Willis. He looks twenty five years younger in those scenes, though a bit plastic. Thereís lots of action, including shootings of the ipod people, beatings, car chases and general mayhem. Whatís missing? The Willis smirk. Itís humorless. Everyone is very somber. Itís as if President Obamaís new society had finally come into being and suddenly everybody realized it.

DVD Alternative: Invasion of the Body Snatchers (the 1956 version with Kevin McCarthy Ė pass on the dumbed-down and obscenity-laced 1978 remake). If youíre looking for truly unnerving, armchair-grabbing sci-fi, this is the one. An entire town is systematically replaced by pod people. Only one man knows the truth. But no one will believe him Ė until itís too late.

Preview Reviewer: Phil Boatwright
Distributor: Buena Vista Pictures

Summary
Crude Language: None
Obscene Language: Two or three s-words.
Profanity: Four or five misuses of Jesusí name.
Violence: Thereís lots of action, including shootings, beatings, car chases and general mayhem; a man responsible for the plight of the world, finally kills himself. Blood: Scrapes and scratches.
Sexual Intercourse: None
Nudity: None
Homosexual Conduct: None
Sexually Suggestive Action/Dialog: None
Drug Abuse: None
Other: None
Running Time: 85 minutes
Intended Audience: Willis and Sci-Fi enthusiasts

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