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HTF DVD REVIEW: Surrogates



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#1 of 1 Neil Middlemiss

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Posted January 31 2010 - 12:10 PM

Surrogates, based on a five-series comic book written by Robert Venditti, is set in the somewhat familiar sci-fi trapping of a questionable future where technology has produced an unintended detriment to society; a future where robotic surrogates are used by millions of people so that they may stay safe and protected in their homes. These avatars offer ideal versions of people; younger, stronger representations controlled remotely, producing an active society containing a majority of age-defying, good looking robots.  FBI Agents Greer and Peters are called to the scene of a murder, a rare crime, where the victim is the son of the surrogate technology creator. Murder is rare, but it is the nature of the murder that has terrifying repercussions. The destruction of the surrogate caused the death of the controller, something that should never happen, and if true, would jeopardize the foundation of society’s reliance on the technology, the guaranteed safety of the user.  As Greer investigates the crime, he begins to uncover terrifying secrets, and after his surrogate is damaged, he must head out into the world as he really is; exposed, a little frail, vulnerable, and apprehensive.
 
 
The Sound: 3.5 out of 5
 
The Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Sound option available is quite effective. Willis’ mysterious, serious dialogue delivery – in which he is apt to almost whisper his lines, is balanced well with the more active audio canvass of the future. There are a few good sequences where directional audio effects are employed and healthy boom and rumble in the bass and low frequency effects. Solid, if mostly unremarkable audio.
 
 
 
The Extras: 2 out of 4
 
“I Will Not Bow” Music Video by Breaking Benjamin (3:45): Music video using clips from the film.
 
Feature Audio Commentary by Director Jonathon Mostow: A good listen as Mostow covers good details from the creation and production of his film. Some tone of disappointment that this film was so poorly received can be detected.
 
Note: The blu-ray version, which Matt Hough reviews for HTF, contains additional special features not available with the DVD version.  
 
 
 Final Thoughts

Jonathon Mostow is a talented director, Bruce Willis a reliable and always watchable action star, and the tale told in Surrogates, while familiar, is worthy sci-fi fodder. So why did Surrogates falter at the box office? I am not entirely sure, but suffice to say this sci-fi actioner satisfies the more curious mind, and will satiate the casual viewer seeking an evening of entertaining, well-executed, and reasonably thoughtful science-fiction. Imperfect, but worth your time.

Overall Score 3.5 out of 5
Neil Middlemiss
Kernersville, NC