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Review: Surrogates

Adapted from the 2006 graphic novel, this cautionary sci-fi tale is directed in lacklustre fashion by Jonathan Mostow, writes Rashid Irani.

movie reviews Updated: Oct 19, 2009 15:24 IST
Rashid Irani

Surrogates
Cast: Bruce Willis, Radha Mitchel
Direction: Jonathan Mostow
Rating: **

Imagine, if you will, that you are living in a not too distant future. Like almost everyone else, you just relax at home while your robot double does your work. Things change when the murder of a surrogate results in the death of its human counterpart.

Enter FBI agent (Willis) who’s investigating the first homicide case in years. We don’t really care about any of the shenanigans that follow.

Adapted from the 2006 graphic novel, this cautionary sci-fi tale is directed in lacklustre fashion by Jonathan Mostow (Terminator 3). There are far too many illogical plot twists. Worse, the interactions between the agent and his ‘colleague’ (Mitchell) as well as his estranged ‘wife’ (Rosamund Pike) are uninvolving.

In sum, Surrogates is worth a skip.