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How do you save humanity when the only thing that's real is you? 

Year: 2009 
Running Time:
Aspect Ratio: 2.39:1 (Scope) 
Certificate: BBFC 12A Cert – Under 12s admitted only with an adult 
Subtitles: This film is not expected to be subtitled, though this cannot be guaranteed. 
Directed by Jonathan Mostow 
Starring: Bruce Willis, Radha Mitchell, Rosamund Pike  
An image from Surrogates

The action takes place in the near future, 2057, when people have literally stopped communicating with each other and have passed this function to the perfect substitute: remotely-controlled robots called 'surrogates'. Surrogates are stronger, younger and more attractive than their human operators. Just imagine – you could be anyone: from stunning blonde to gorgeous hunk. Your own appearance, abilities, and even gender are no longer a hindrance; you can enjoy the life you’ve always dreamed of. And the most tempting part: it is absolutely safe. Any damage done to a surrogate does not influence a human operator. You can experience life vicariously without leaving your own home. Even wars no longer take people’s lives. It seems like a perfect world with no fear, pain or violence.

However, the first murder in many years occurs: Jarod Canter, the son of the inventor of surrogates, inexplicably dies when his surrogate is destroyed. FBI agent Tom Greer (Willis), who is investigating the case, finds himself in an even more complex situation when several police officers are murdered the very same way as Canter was. Agent Greer realises that from now on the safety of using surrogates should be questioned. As the world is not ready to accept this inconvenient truth, Greer starts his own investigation to protect his wife (Pike) and, indeed, to save the world. In order to catch the murderer, he has to abandon his invulnerable surrogate and, for the first time in many years, walk down the streets as a human...

This movie, from Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines director Jonathan Mostow, is more than recommended to both fans of the immovable hero Bruce Willis and admirers of science fiction films full of shocks and twists that will keep you glued to the screen.

Elena Ognivtseva

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Screenings of this film:

2009/2010 Spring Term (35mm)