The Surrogates doesn't look bad, but it doesn't look particularly enticing either. Last year, some really creepy set photos showed up online, and I was hoping that we'd get a movie that contrasted the make-believe world of surrogates with a reality that was ugly and gruesome. I still haven't read the Robert Vendetti comic on which its based, but I got the impression (or perhaps hoped) that there was a fanatic, anti-surrogate element to the story that would result in human-on-surrogate violence. While there's hints of that in the trailer, Surrogates looks disappointingly slick and Apple store-ish. Even the "disaster" footage shown at the end is too clean and CG to really be all that horrifying. Instead of suggesting Blade Runner, all I see is I, Robot and a hint of the utopian perkiness of Demolition Man. I'd really like to be wrong, though ... but that plasticine version of Bruce Willis suggests I shouldn't count on it.
The Surrogates hits theaters on September 25.