Surrogates

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Touchstone Pictures Released 2009

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Director:
Jonathan Mostow
Released:
2009
Rating:
PG-13

Surrogates centers around a futuristic world in which remote-controlled humanoids known as surrogates assume the lives of humans. While the human operator stays within the confines of their own home, their stronger, more beautiful and physically fit surrogate double interacts with the outside world. FBI agent Tom Greer and his partner Jennifer Peters are called in to investigate the mysterious murder of Jarod Canter, who is also the son of surrogate creator Dr. Lionel Canter. Although humans are supposed to be safe from any physical harm suffered by surrogates, several of the humanoids are dying, thus killing their human host. As Greer and Peters dig deeper into the mystery, they come across a strange anti-surrogate leader known as The Prophet. The agents also stumble across a sinister plot that exposes who wants to put surrogates out of commission and why.

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  • 70

    Variety Todd McCarthy

    Mostow's smart speculative suspenser imagines a time when people can live through ideal versions of themselves while they sit wired up at home.

  • 40

    The New York Times Manohla Dargis

    In this kind of industrial entertainment, particularly one that seems to be missing some connective narrative tissue, it's hard to know if the writers or the director can be credit...

  • 40

    Los Angeles Times

    An interesting idea, but unfortunately, the film's narrative and emotional engine operate as mechanically as the titular, dead-eyed glamazoids.

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      • Production Budget -  $80,000,000
        Domestic Gross - $38,577,772 (76th)
        Worldwide Gross - $122,444,772 (48th)

        Domestic adjusted for 2013 - $41,149,623
        Worldwide adjusted for 2013 - $130,607,757

      • Other production companies:
        Mandeville Films
        Top Shelf Productions
        Wintergreen Productions
        Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures (UK distributor)

      • Filming locations:
        Boston, Massachusetts
        Hopedale, Massachusetts
        Lawrence, Massachusetts
        Lynn, Massachusetts
        Milford, Massachusetts
        South End, Boston, Massachusetts
        Taunton, Massachusetts
        Wayland, Massachusetts
        Woburn, Massachusetts
        Worcester, Massachusetts

      • Taglines:
        1. Human perfection. What could go wrong?
        2. How do you save humanity when the only thing that's real is you?

      • Music:
        HiJacker
        Written by Deane Ogden
        Performed by Deane Ogden
        Skin Trade
        Written by Deane Ogden
        Performed by Deane Ogden
        I Will Not Bow
        Written by Benjamin Burnley and Jasen Rauch
        Performed by Breaking Benjamin
        Goodies
        Written by Sean Holland
        Performed by Debra Dolce
        Bach Air
        Written by Johann Sebastian Bach
        Performed by cal Masters
        Phase Three
        Written by Alexander Roeder
        Performed by Eurobeat Club
        Election Campaign
        Written by Jack Waldenmaier
        Performed by Jack Waldenmaier
        This Game Of Love
        Written by Rachel Lipman, Jonathan Mostow and Jeffrey Pescetto
        Performed by Robbyn Kirmsse
        Beethoven's 9th
        Written by Ludwig van Beethoven
        Performed by cal Masters

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    Comic Book & Graphic Novels, Futuristic, Robots & Androids, wine