Director Jonathan Mostow creates some potentially great moments in "SURROGATES," an adaptation of a sci-fi graphic novel. Set in the near future, those who can afford Avatars, use these younger, better looking, younger, life-like robot duplications of themselves to venture out into the real world, apparently too filled with danger, to experience with their actual self. In a terrific opening, the viewer first becomes aware of how heavily the world's nightclub settings are now filled with these Avatars, when a young man and his conquest to be(a beautiful woman)are both killed. Or, rather these robotic avatars are shut down through the means of a dangerous device. Making matters more complicated, when these robot avatars are suddenly shut down, an electronic pulse is sent from the robots to their owners-in real-time control of them, killing them in the process. Tom Greer(Bruce Willis)and Jennifer Peters(Radha Mitchell) are the two FBI agents investigating these murders, uncovering a long-range conspiracy in the process. The main victim's father is Lionel Canter(James Cromwell), the man responsible for first developing and designing "Surrogates." A lot of ground is actually covered in the film's short "88" minute time span, and some of the scenarios touched upon, eg. military applications for "surrogates" and more, are really exciting. Unfortunately, these and other moments making up the best parts of the film, are briskly thrown to the wayside in favor of the more cookie-cutter style of plot laid out, and all-together predictable.
"SURROGATES" is a generally entertaining way to spend 88 minutes, but it's disappointing to find how much better it could've been, had the director and writers realized the best aspects of the plot, and developed those further, in place of what's focused upon here.
"SURROGATES" has several terrific action sequences, bookended by a so-so, paint-by-numbers cable-tv-like plot.
BUENA VISTA has provided the correct 2.40:1 aspect ratio for this 1080p/AVC MPEG-4 blu-ray. Colors are solid, even while veering towards extremes. The design and implementation of colors can be jarring in spots, but the detail is nearly flawless throughout! Even in some extremely darker moments, the depth achieved is amazing! No artifacts and a generally impressive image!
BUENA VISTA has provided a DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 mix. One of the most aggressive mixes, thus far, in 2010! From beginning-to-end, surround, discrete and bass effects are perfectly balanced and plentiful. While a few moments border on becoming bombastic, this is a fun mix, and reference quality!
Extras include: an audio commentary with Mostow, which, in spite of being a little simplistic, is also quite entertaining.
Cast and crew discuss the film and various aspects of its themes, in "A MORE PERFECT YOU: THE SCIENCE OF SURROGATES." (1080p)
Four deleted scenes, in full HD, without completed effects, are offered, but without any impact added to the final film.
"BREAKING THE FRAME: A GRAPHIC NOVEL COMES TO LIFE," in full HD, offers art, interviews and more, while exploring the original graphic novel.
A music video, in full HD, featuring Breaking Benjamin, is also included.