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Surrogates: How did they make Bruce Willis look so young in the movie?

Updated on January 1, 2011

Bruce Willis stars in a sci-fi epic that'll have viewers questioning the fabric of humanity

Imagine an ideal world where you could be and do whatever you wanted, without having to leave your own home or fear of ever getting hurt. What if in this world racism and prejudice slowly goes away, would you be interested? Even at the cost of your humanity as you'd be living a lie? Would you be willing to live your life through a machine, for that price? Such trivial and controversial questions arise, when it comes to Bruce Willis sci-fi thriller, "Surrogates." Set in the distant future, in which humans live in isolation, living out their lives through their surrogate robots, that portray the ideal look that each user desires. For instance, homosexuals now don the gender that best suits them. As in one scene, it is later revealed that a very attractive female surrogate was controlled by a middle aged man. Indeed, society has grown to accept living out their lives through these machines. Or have they? Bruce Willis (Tom Greer) plays a cop, that investigates a murder. However, this murder case leads Tom down a spiral path of self recollection as he loses his surrogate, due to an accident, and discovers a devious corruption that could endanger the fabric of society. Bruce Willis has one of his strongest performances of his career, and Jonathon Mostow does a great job conveying a classic film noir element to a highly suspenseful sci fi thriller. Although the storyline is intriguing, it does rip off a few plot ideas from Japanese Anime film, "Ghost In the Shell." Plus, the special effects were pretty good as to be expected. "Surrogates" may not be as hyped as other sci fi films this year, but it'll definitely keep you entertained.

Bruce Willis does a great job, as this was definitely one of his finest performances since the "Sixth Sense." After Tom loses his surrogate due to an accident, he is forced to solve the murder case using his own body. Unfortunately, this journey causes him to realize just how out of touch humanity has gotten with the world, since the surrogates. This becomes more apparent when he tries to talk to his wife, Maggie (Rosamund Pike), whom has lost touch with reality, as she feels that she cannot live without her surrogate. This allows the viewer to see just how distant Tom and his wife truly are as he tries to reconnect with her. In the film, Maggie's surrogate is portrayed as nothing more than an empty and heartless shell, as she constantly reacts coldly to Tom when he pleas for her to become close, without their surrogate counterparts. In one scene, Tom cries and pleas saying that all he wants is to speak with his wife that's trapped inside her bedroom, hiding through a surrogate. However, Maggie stubbornly refuses, as you see her surrogate counterpart stare coldly upon Tom. Then later in the scene, it shows Maggie locked up in her room crying as she feels guilty for scolding Tom so harshly. This allows the viewer to see just how isolated the users are, and how the surrogate machines are nothing more than an empty shell that humanity hides behind.

Jonathon Mostow mixes a bit of film noir element to this sci fi thriller; which works rather well. As each new clue that Tom unravels, leads to a new plot twist that will have the audience constantly guessing from beginning to end. Each clue leading up to something bigger as Tom unravels a conspiracy that could undo the fabric of society.

The make up artists did a great job to convey Bruce Willis as a young blonde hair detective, when he was using his surrogate. Yet, they were able to make him look like an aging middle aged man when he wasn't using his robot counterpart. Both looks coming off so naturally. The level of detail when it came to the make up, set designs and special effects were simply amazing.

The storyline for this movie will leave many open minded viewers questioning the fabric of humanity. Unfortunately, this was done before in films like "Ghost In the Shell", in which also conveyed a lot of the same philosophical questions that this movie presented. Probably even better, but I digress as I felt Bruce Willis' performance alone made this film worth watching.

"Surrogates" is definitely a film noir sci fi thriller that will keep audiences at the edge of their seats. Featuring a great performance by Bruce Willis, and a solid storyline that will keep anyone intrigued.

Would you want to live your life through a surrogate robot?

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    • Stevennix2001 profile imageAUTHOR


      10 years ago

      that's cool. well thanks for stopping by, and i'm glad at least we could agree on bruce willis being great in this movie.

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      Beth Morey 

      10 years ago from Montana

      I can't say that I agree with you on everything. For me the story was poorly written. However, Willis really was fantastic and saved the film from being a total waste for me.

    • Stevennix2001 profile imageAUTHOR


      11 years ago

      thanks carmen borthwick, im glad you liked the review. yeah, the film is pretty good, and bruce willis is great. i think you'll like it.

      Oxidiz3r, yeah, you do make a valid point. i never thought of that before.

    • Stevennix2001 profile imageAUTHOR


      11 years ago

      thanks beth, im glad you liked the review

    • Beth100 profile image


      11 years ago from Canada

      Ok, you've sold me on this one. I'll have to rent it this weekend.

    • Carmen Borthwick profile image

      Carmen Borthwick 

      11 years ago from Maple Ridge, B.C.

      I may have to go rent this one now, I don't think there's a Bruce Willis movie I haven't liked! Thanks for the review Stevennix

    • Oxidiz3r profile image


      11 years ago from Racine, WI

      I am definitely going to see this movie soon! I spent a bit of time reading about the future of humanity with our advancing technology--Ray Kurzweil is an amazing futurist--so this movie is of great interest to me. I'd think that being able to make oneself appear in any way they wanted would open so many doors for human interaction and connection. One of the hugest obstacles that hinder us from peace is appearance--as trivial as it is. Eliminate that and the walls we've built for ourselves begin to disintegrate, allowing us to better embrace each other as members of one race: the human race.


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