Not one to pass on a Bruce Willis flick, I finally get to see Surrogates. It’s both shorter and better than I expected although I really didn’t know what to look forward to from the trailer. Remarkably, the film ends where I expected it to start so the trailer is a little misleading.
The basic story is that we are living in a world where rather than risk our actual beings, our bodies stay safely at home in bed whilst our flawless, plastic, bad-hair-day-free, fantasy surrogates go out and live, work and party.
This means we can make reckless decisions without harming our well being and experience more of what the world has to offer without risk.
This dreadful but harmless world is turned upside down when 2 people are killed when their surrogates are damaged and this is when Bruce Willis’ character realises something is wrong in Utopia.
A highlight therefore is seeing the Willis surrogate complete with blond floppy hair and a Barbie doll-like wrinkle-free 30 year old face being docked in the charging bay so that the real, greying, shaven, furrowed 50-something version can get ready to save the world.
That’s not to say this is a Willis action block buster. Far from it; it’s a sci-fi thriller with enough twists and turns to keep you entertained but not too many to make you uncomfortable in your seat.
Agent Greer, the officer played by Bruce Willis, whose wife refuses to let her real self come out since the death of their son, is not too enamoured with her plastic, perfect, younger, bimbo-esque surrogate which adds a very humane touch to the story.
I would have liked another 20 minutes after the world is saved to be assured it went back to some sort of normality but otherwise, it’s a very watchable movie. 7½/10 Smile factor 8/10 (the blond floppy hair is worth that)