CBR: Surrogates: The CBR Review
Part murder mystery, part actioner, and part genuine science fiction, "Surrogates" explores interesting places, but contains a few faults in its world of proxies.
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hmm.. I'm a bit torn having read the book and obviously comparing the two. There were some major changes, but I don't think they were bad choices. It's one of those instances where the movie is different, yet still does good. It told its own story and did it pretty well, which makes it far from disappointing overall. I enjoyed how the surries looked pretty fake and stiff. They definatley did a nice subtle job there, with older models sticking out even more.
There were some twists and characters done quite different. Maybe most disappointing is no Steeplejack and the lightning suit is reduced to just a gun. Sadly the unhappy ending for a certain two characters was not left intact. Though at least it wasn't too sicky sweet.
Plus the film was moved from Atlanta to Boston, where it was filmed. This was pretty strange as I'm usually for sticking to the original settings yet also look forward to seeing more films done here in Boston. Plus it didn't help set the story as far in the future as I thought when things looked somewhat still modern. It was kinda fun to see stuff like a Fenway Park banner since we walked by there on the way to the thearter. Plus we got to hear Willis say "Dorchestah".
The effect they used on the Surrogates seemed a lot like the one they used to make Ian McKellan and Patrick Stewart look younger in X-men 3, but it was so so so much better. Call me crazy, but I liked the film.