The World According to Renee

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Much to my disappointment, this movie wasn’t Bruce Willis having a baby.

Imagine a perfect version of yourself- one who is younger and able to do anything without getting hurt. This is the basis of a ‘surrogate’; a machine that is essentially you (and linked to your brain so you control it) but able to do anything without you getting hurt. While you’re lying in a comfy chair, your surrogate could be anywhere, doing anything. You can be a secret agent, able to follow dangerous criminals and their bullets don’t hurt you. You could go skydiving without fear, hot dates without wondering if you’re attractive enough. The company who invented these machines has a motto: Life- Only Better.

Enter Bruce Willis; airbrushed to within an inch of his life and has a head full of blonde hair. He is an agent with the FBI, partnered with the perky Jennifer Peters (Australian actress Radha Mitchell). The ‘real’ Willis is a bald, grey-bearded guy sitting at home with his ill wife and her gorgeous surrogate. He longs for an actual relationship with his wife, who is content to allow her surrogate to live life for her. This is ultimately the motive for the film’s climax.

There’s some sort of plot about the inventor of the surrogates, CEO of the company, losing his son and some guy with a weapon that destroys surrogates and kills their operators (the comfy chair people) at the same time. It’s a weak plot, serving only to highlight the good things about a world run by machines.

The surrogate of Bruce Willis is laughable, and the surrogates are easily recognisable by their lack of defining features: they all look like they’ve walked out of Madam Tussaud’s wax museum and into an airbrushing studio. Their are some famous faces in there (hiding in their comfy couches) but it feels like they’re only cameos with no real substance. Radha Mitchell is a standout: where the Rachel was a must-have haircut in the 90’s, the Radha is the breasts to have now.

All in all, it’s an interesting insight into a world where having a disability isn’t an issue. It’s a world with reduced crime, hedonism and people unaccustomed to sunlight.

Two and half stars/five.


September 24, 2009 - Posted by | Reviews

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