Theatrical Release: September 25, 2009


FBI agents (Bruce Willis and Radha Mitchell) investigate the mysterious murder of a college student linked to the man who helped create a high-tech surrogate phenomenon that allows people to purchase unflawed robotic versions of themselves—fit, good looking remotely controlled machines that ultimately assume their life roles—enabling people to experience life vicariously from the comfort and safety of their own homes. The murder spawns a quest for answers: in a world of masks, who’s real and who can you trust?

Dove Review

This is a dark picture, set in a dreary world of earth’s possible future. People live vicariously through the surrogates while they remain in the comfort of their homes. Considering how much some people stay at a computer screen, it is not a plot impossible to imagine. Bruce Willis stars as an FBI agent who investigates the murder of a college student. This leads into the plot of the surrogates who obviously play a large role in the picture. This high-tech vision is a special effects extravaganza and the special effects are extraordinary. The movie does make the viewer think about possible future scenarios and what he/she might do if given similar choices. Would some people be tempted to have a physically perfect version of themselves?

Unfortunately, the film is peppered with strong language and strong violence as well, in addition to a few strong sexual remarks and a drug reference. Due to these factors, we are unable to award this movie our Dove “Family-Approved” Seal.

Content Description

Faith: None
Integrity: None
Sex: Passionate kissing; a frank sexual comment or two; a few innuendos.
Language: J-3; G/OMG-9; S-1; A-1; Crap-1; D-1; SOB-1; B-1; Frickin'-1; Slang for male genitalia-1
Violence: Man hit on head, woman hit by man; military scene with explosions and shooting; motorcycles crash; blood seen on corpses; green fluid flows from surrogate whose arm is pulled off; missing eyes and burned sockets seen on surrogates; characters punched and kicked; bloody nose on character; blood on faces.
Drugs: Drinking; a bong kind of device which is placed on surrogate and a character says it will "jack him up".
Nudity: Cleavage; women in bikinis; shirtless men; underwear on mannequins.
Other: A dark and dreary world is pictured; some have no hope; disrespectful attitudes of some characters.


Company: Disney
Writer: Michael Ferris and John D. Brancato
Director: Jonathan Mostow
Producer: Max Handelman
Genre: Science-Fiction
Runtime: 104 min.
Reviewer: Edwin L. Carpenter