Review by: Matt Brighton
Posted on: January 28th, 2012
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Plot: What’s it about?

I’m a big fan of technology. I’ve got iPod’s, iPhone’s, laptops, plasma TV’s, Wii’s, PS3’s and about a dozen other gadgets that I really don’t need. Now it’s been said that too much technology (or too much of anything, for that matter) isn’t a good thing. I’m on the fence there as technology certainly has its benefits, but there’s a down side to that as well. For as long as movies have been around, there have been films that told the tale of the “future” and robots, laser guns and flying cars abounded. When watching “Surrogates”, there are no laser guns or flying cars, but it’s an eerie reminder of what lies ahead might not actually be for the best. Or is it?

Bruce Willis plays Tom Greer, a cop who is tracking the first homicide in years. If that’s the case, I wonder how or why he still has a job but that’s beside the point. Tom, like most everyone else, has a surrogate. In the terms of this movie a surrogate is a robotic version of yourself that you control from the privacy of your own home. Naturally everyone’s surrogate looks like a GQ or Victoria’s Secret model and the world has now become ridden with surrogates. However Tom’s surrogate is damaged, forcing the “real” Tom to leave his house and venture out into the world to do some of his own police work. Will Tom be able to handle this real work and solve the murder or are some things best left unknown?

I’ll admit that “Surrogates” is an interesting premise. But I found several plot holes or inconsistencies that just really left me scratching my head. For example, the humans controlling the surrogates, what do they do all day when their surrogates are at home recharging? How do the humans pay for their place of residence? How do the humans not die of malnutrition or get sick and die themselves? Just a few of the things that I wanted to point out. In the featurettes, it suggests that we’re on the road to developing surrogates of our own and I’m in favor of it ? to an extent. I mean, if we could have a surrogate firefighter or soldier that could take a bullet or save a life while not risking one then that’s excellent, but if the surrogates are like the ones in this movie, well then maybe I should throw my iPod away.

Video: How does it look?

“Surrogates” comes to Blu-ray in a dazzling 2.40:1 AVC HD transfer. A movie about the future and about “robots” in particular should always look like it’s glossed over and this movie is no exception. Even Bruce Willis’ surrogate is a digitized version of Willis himself (the featurette shows what Willis looks like before the alteration and there’s a definite difference). Detail is sharp and clear and colors are bold and strong. “Surrogates” delivers on the technical levels and the picture is second to none.

Audio: How does it sound?

The DTS HD Master Audio track is included and is strong as well. I don’t recall too many instances of the surrounds kicking in, but a few chase scenes do make the most of the 7.1 channels. Dialogue is thick and rich as well with Willis’ trademark mumbling even being crystal clear. The LFE do get involved from time to time and add a bit of depth to what’s already a fair-sounding track.

Supplements: What are the extras?

Unfortunately not too many supplements are included on this Blu-ray. We get a music video by Breaking Benjamin and a rather dull audio commentary by director Jonathan Mostow. More interesting though is the featurette that looks at the possible “future” of surrogates and our steps towards making those a reality. There’s also a quick look at the visual FX of the film.

Surrogates (Blu-ray)
Jonathan Mostow
89 min.

  • (2.40:1)
  • Video Codec: AVC
  • Audio: DTS HD Master
  • 1 Disc Set
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • Audio Commentary
  • Deleted Scene(s)
  • Featurette
  • Documentary
  • Digital Copy