(Bruce Willis, James Cromwell, et al / Blu ray / PG-13 / (2009) 2010 / Touchstone)
Overview: How do you save humanity when the only thing that's real is you? From the director of TERMINATOR 3 comes a jaw-dropping psychological thriller starring the ultimate action hero, Bruce Willis. In the not-so-distant future, where people experience life through perfect surrogates controlled from the safety of their own homes, murder is a thing of the past. But when a college student linked to the creator of these replicants is killed, one FBI agent must re-enter reality and risk his life to unravel the mystery.
Blu ray Verdict: It's kind of depressing to constantly have so many sci-fi films in the multiplexes (and then immediately all out on DVD soon thereafter) and never a good one. Take this latest example of average, middling mediocrity. The idea is always a good hook. This time humans have abandoned their daily lives to robots called surrogates.
The surrogates live the person's life while the person is hooked into a machine in the comfort of their own home and interact with the world through their surrogate. Why is this cool idea forced upon us in the plot structure of a police procedural/murder mystery, with evil corporate machinations/anti-technology groups trying to sabotage the surrogacy program and Bruce Willis running around jumping, kicking butt Die-Hard style with car chases, helicopter crashes, explosions/action sequences ripped righ out of Terminator 3 which itself was ripped out of Terminator 2 which was ripped out of The Terminator.
In case that diatribe made no sense, I was saying there is nothing original in this movie and it's a rehash of earlier ideas and stories as well as all the trappings of your typical big-budget commercial spectacle. It's really terrible to see the director, a once promising Jonathan Mostow, actually rip off action scenes from his own movies, films still fresh in the mind. Radha Mitchell's character in this movie is jumping on cars like the TX in Terminator 3 and so is Bruce Willis.
I suppose this is enjoyable dreck on some level and there is plenty of humor involved when it comes to what a world like this would be like. Consumer commodity madness at it's worst. But it's been done to death in far more ambitious and intellectual films such as Blade Runner.[DV] This is a Widescreen Presentation (2.40:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs and comes with the Special Features of:
Exclusive To Blu-ray: A More Perfect You: The Science Of Surrogate
Exclusive To Blu-ray: Breaking The Frame: A Graphic Novel Comes To Life
'I Will Not Bow' - Music Video By Breaking Benjamin
Feature Audio Commentary By Director Jonathan Mostow