Director Jonathan Mostow Says Surrogates is "Not a Bubble-Gum Movie"

Director Jonathan Mostow Says Surrogates is "Not a Bubble-Gum Movie"

The new Bruce Willis sci-fi flick has a well as explosions and robots!

By bsprecher - Sep 26, 2009 11:09 AM EST
Filed Under: Surrogates
Source: /FILM

Director Jonathan Mostow's Surrogates, based on the Top Shelf Productions comic by Robert Venditti and Brett Weldele, has all the requisite components of a Bruce Willis sci-fi/action movie--guns, robots, explosions--but Mostow hopes that the audience looks deeper, into the message behind the mayhem.

"My question before we ever screened Surrogates for test audiences. Are people going to get what we’re talking about here? Or are they just going to enjoy the chases and explosions? It was great to find out that, even though it plays like a mystery, suspense action movie, all the focus groups wanted to talk about was the social commentary. I’ve never seen that happen before."

In the near-future world of the movie, people use idealized versions of themselves to interact with others, much in the way some use false identities on the internet today. But Surrogates takes it one step further in that human consciousnesses are capable of entering and powering human-looking androids to go out and experience the world.

"I guess you could call it a robot movie and there have been a thousand of those. But I think this one is different. It just seemed to fit closely with how we live our lives today. What Surrogates is all about is how people retain their humanity in the face of relentless technology. I got that instantly from reading the script. It’s about how people are tethered to their electronic devices such as mobile phones, Blackberrys, etc; how they do their shopping on the net; how you’re not talking to a person you’re talking to a piece of software when you call the customer service line."

But, if you're worried that the film will be short on action and long on social commentary, Mostow says that there will be plenty of thrills.

"This is not a bubble-gum movie. It’s definitely got the stuff you’d expect from a Bruce Willis, sci-fi – action film. But it takes the subject matter seriously. There’s nothing frivolous about it.

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LEEE777 - 9/26/2009, 11:44 AM
Bubblegum, Popcorn.... it'll still be worth watching!!

; )

Damn i finally, just saw I AM LEGEND lol, Omg, that must be one of the worst ever Sci-fi's ever made!?
superdog - 9/26/2009, 11:56 AM
Yes it is. What is he talking about explosions for? I believe there was one explosion and that's it. Not plural explosionS. Guys lying about his own movie. It does have the social commentary but nothing we haven't seen in a million other scifi movies.
LEEE777 - 9/26/2009, 12:10 PM
Hey, who moved my BURTON CONCEPT ART to FAN friggin' FIC???

Its from BURTON himself?!?!

Damn. lol, you think you've got an exclusive an its shoved there?
bsprecher - 9/26/2009, 12:14 PM
@LEEE: Chill, brother. I just saw those lame pics of Nic Cage's head on the bottom at first and thought it was fan fic. It's more of a "scoop" than news, since it's old, but I've corrected it.
LEEE777 - 9/26/2009, 12:18 PM
BRENT @ The NIC CAGE pics was just an extra i put in lol, i was on about the top VID??

Still okay lol, ya da boss!
bsprecher - 9/26/2009, 12:26 PM
@LEEE: I still think that pic of Nic Cage in the Supes costume is his head PS'd on an action figure and not an actual costume screen test, but the boss-man (Galactus) thought it was real so...
Bijous - 9/26/2009, 12:28 PM
I'm going to the movies tonight with my special lady friend. If I have to choose, should we go to Surrogates or Pandorum?

(This is one of those rare nights where she's letting me pick the movie, so it's gotta be a good one!)
LEEE777 - 9/26/2009, 12:34 PM
I feel bad, saying anthing now, soz.

BIJOUS @ Id go and watch both.

Oh yeah, have a good time dude!
superdog - 9/26/2009, 1:41 PM
Bijuos. I saw surrogates read my review and it might help make up
our mind. Haven't seen pandorum though so cat help ou there. Have fun either way
LEEE777 - 9/26/2009, 2:23 PM
LUFFY @ By the way, what did you think about the DRAGONBALL movie that was out this year dude??

Damn, i still say BRUCE WILLIS would've made the best darn NICK FURY ever!!

Hey,,, i really like the ROBOT AD on the left, nice touch! Darn, it would be cool to get one of them!
superdog - 9/26/2009, 4:47 PM
Lee77 if u got one u can be anyone or look like anyone. They play that up in the movie. I'm nit gonna give anything away but let's just say you know how on the Internet your talking to someone who says there a hot 18 year old cheerleader and they trun out t be some fat guy in Michigan? Let's just say surrogates can be like that.
Phinehas - 9/26/2009, 5:25 PM
Seems to me that Jonathan Mostow's movie is going down in flames before the opening weekend is over and he's doing damage control in the press. And if Superdog's assessment according to his article/blog is accurate (and I believe it is), then Mostow's film is an ineloquent re-telling social commentary. Which is hack. Isn't he the guy that made that botched bastardization called T3?
LEEE777 - 9/26/2009, 5:28 PM
DOG @ Lol, cheers for the heads up!

PHINES @ I liked T3! : D
Phinehas - 9/26/2009, 5:33 PM
Leee, I liked I Am Legend. Not enthusiastically, but enjoyed it just the same.
KillerOfSaints - 9/26/2009, 6:44 PM
Again hes first. Every article!! Do you ever go to the bathroom or leave your computer for anything Leee LOL
KillerOfSaints - 9/26/2009, 6:46 PM
I didnt know this movie was about gum!!! I thought it was about androids
superdog - 9/26/2009, 7:21 PM
Phineas@ you are correct. That is exactly what the movie is.
48and2 - 9/26/2009, 8:59 PM
I liked I am Legend too - not so much at first, but it grew on me - most Michael Mann films are like that, you either love em or you hate em. They're always gritty and dark, which I enjoy.

But anyway, kind of sucks - I thought Surrogates might end up being decent. Haven't seen it yet, but this will probly sway me towards Pandorum.
georgia49th - 9/26/2009, 11:59 PM
just got back from seeing surrogates,
It was a decent film to watch I enjoyed it .
worth the money to see it......
aztony1975 - 9/27/2009, 12:41 PM
I can't wait to see this flick. Bruce is the man in this genre of films.

@ LEE777. Yeah, I am legend was a total poop fest. Did not live up to the book.

Now, usually I plug Ryan Hurst for Cap. But i was watching White Oleander last night. What about Cole Hauser As Cap? Check out his pics on
NataliaRomanov - 9/27/2009, 1:59 PM
I think I'll see Pandorum instead...
Shaman - 9/28/2009, 9:39 AM
Yeah, leave it to ol' Col. dickhead to make his credibility known. I Am Legend was garbage.
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