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Sep 27, 2009

surrogatesI had my own criteria when it comes to judging a film. One of them was if at anytime during a film I was complaining about a film being too-loud, then I’m not enjoying that film. “Surrogates” unfortunately, falls into this criteria. And it doesn’t take that much of it’s already miniscule running-time to make me notice its rather awkward background sound/music placement.

Sometime in the future, the lazy triumphs. In order to preserve life (and beauty) longer, a human controlled robots are invented to replace human in their daily life. These robots, or as the film christened it as surrogates are operated by people from the confines of their bedroom. They (the people) are able to sense what their surrogates sense, and entirely in control of their surrogates’ action. These surrogates are much much more durable than the natural biological being. It could be shit-wrecked by a truck, on board of a helicopter crash, get shot at, disfigured, etc and the only thing you’d lose is your bank account for a new model as a replacement to it. The idea hits off and billions are adopting this new technology.

Of course, there are always two sides of the coin. There are those who opposes the idea, thought that it was an abomination to the God’s creation, and they finally created their own society. A human-only society where entree are monitored, and machines aren’t allowed.

The myth was that whatever happened to the surrogates, the operator survives. Agent Greer (Bruce Willis) and agent Peters (Radha Mitchell) were soon introduced to a first fact that eliminates the said myth. Someone is having a technology to kill an operator through his/her surrogates and the double homicide that Greer and Peters investigated at the beginning of this film? It was the first two victims.

Although I’m in no place of talking about technicalities, I must say that technically, the film is (mostly) correct. When we saw agent Greer and Peters as their surrogates, I could see the awkwardness, and the uncomfortable feeling of appreciating something that is not, well, human is quite palpable. Their polished skins, their emotional facades, it was close to frightening. However, for me, it was a double-edged sword. Personally, when it comes to film, I valued drama over any genre. I valued subtle facial expressions, a tired, dejected look of *real* human with *real* problems (you know, as real as films could go) more than I could regard these mannequins with their polished skins and empty eyes. Therefore, most of the time, because the script requires us to see these surrogates much more than their human counterparts, I couldn’t enjoy this film as much as I would’ve liked.

Bruce Willis are once an action star, and perhaps the minds behind this film actually hopes that the lightning strikes twice. In my opinion, Bruce Willis is a real actor and a damn good one. No need to reignite his past as an action star. He was as close to an average Joe (vulnerable and susceptible to fear) as John McClane if compared to say, Stallone or the Governator on their roles and he is the one that drives the Sixth Sense forward. Not that Osment kid. In this film, he is probably the only thing worth mentioning. His silent expression when he observes his son’s room, his longing for a wife he truly loves, it all shows on the screen without him needing to say anything. I say this again, he is the only thing worth mentioning in this film and somebody, please, shoot Ms.Mitchell. Even if her screen-time was all for her as ‘surrogate,’ thus robotic acting is forgivable, perhaps even required, she still annoys me to no end.

On a final note, I think that this film is better suited as a thriller with a sci-fi backdrop rather than a thought provoking sci-fi as I believed, it was meant to be. Sadly, even as a thriller, the film just doesn’t work for me.

My rating: * / **** – Bruce Willis is the only thing that keep me in my seat. Fortunately, it wasn’t a long sit.

Sep 05, 2009

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Aug 23, 2009

  • The Hangover (2009) - Seeing The Hangover, I couldn’t help myself but to remember an old comedy way back to my early college days, “Dude, Where’s My Car?.” But, the similarity ends at the prologue because this film is at least twice as fun, twice as crazy, and instead of two mentally challenged dudes, this film has only one […] »

Aug 22, 2009

  • The Proposal (2009) - The Proposal is one of those rom-com film which by reading its premise alone, you’ll know how the film is going to end. Therefore, the film is going to matter on how much you’re enjoying the journey to the end, and how much you care for the characters. On this note, I’m a fan of […] »

Aug 16, 2009

  • District 9 (2009) - District 9 is a part documentation, a part news reel, and a whole of awesomeness. That’s as close as I could came up with if asked to describe this film in a single sentence. This film is rated R. Some scenes are horrible to watch and more than once people are killed in extreme fashion. […] »
  • The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3 (2009) - Let’s get to what I *don’t* like with “The Taking of Pelham 123” first. Mind you, this might be a little spoiler. Here’s what I don’t like. The plan conceived by Ryder (John Travolta) was pitch-perfect. You might asked why does this become a problem? Now, I can’t answer this without giving a spoiler, can […] »

Aug 08, 2009

  • G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra (2009) - Some would defend G.I. Joe: the Rise of Cobra as justifiable, or good enough film for it warrants a trip to memory lane back to one’s childhood when the cartoons, the toys, and particularly in my case, the video games that features the imaginative super soldiers called Joe, or Joes in plural are still in […] »

Aug 06, 2009

  • Merantau (2009) - At first, Merantau will probably get an inevitable comparison to Ong-Bak. Well, at least, I did and at first, the resemblance was there, too. It features a young man who has a penchant of a traditional martial-arts. He was on some sort of quest (here, the motivation differs) that put him up against some bad […] »

Jul 26, 2009

  • Up (2009) - Pixar has sets its niche as animation studio that produces not only an entertaining animated film, in a way that only animation films could achieve, i.e. with fantastical landscapes and physics-defying kinetic interactions, but also animated film with a weighed factor in the story that made it matters, relevant, and appeals to both the children […] »

Jul 19, 2009

  • Public Enemies (2009) - Michael Mann has shot his films on digital at least since Collateral (2004). I have little to object of this methods because frankly, I couldn’t tell the difference. Public Enemies is his third film shot in digital, and mostly because it doesn’t work (at least for me), now I know the difference. I couldn’t, however, […] »