Monday, September 28, 2009

Review: 'Surrogates' [C]

By Chase Kahn

Jonathan Mostow’s Surrogates is a decent-enough but lazy science fiction cautionary tale. It’s straightforward, passive and not nearly flashy enough in the visual or script department to be worthy of anything more than a mildly diverting redundancy about technology versus humanity.

The main problem is that it doesn’t present a convincing enough case for it’s obvious pro-humanity viewpoint, which is to say that it doesn’t trigger the right emotions – i.e. Bruce Willis’ relationship with his surrogate-friendly wife (Rosamund Pike) lacks depth and genuine vivacity.

It’s all just a lethargic blue-and-purple neon-streaked collage of evil acronym corporations, glass hallways, computer code, etc. It doesn’t dissolve into the CG-inanity of Alex Proyas’ I, Robot but it’s equally as dim and predictably plotted.

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