The filmmaking trio behind the hit sci-fi sequel Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines re-team to explore a future in which humans live in isolation while only communicating with their fellow man through robots that serve as social surrogates and are better-looking versions of their human counterparts. Bruce Willis stars as an FBI agent who enlists the aid of his own surrogate to investigate the murder of the genius college student who invented the surrogates. As the case grows more complicated, however, the withdrawn detective discovers that in order to actually catch the killer he will have to venture outside the safety of his own home for the first time in many years, and enlists the aid of another agent (Radha Mitchell) in tracking his target down. Jonathan Mostow directs co-screenwriters Michael Ferris and John Brancato’s adaptation of the graphic novel by author Robert Venditti and illustrator Brett Weldele. —IMDb
A director and screenwriter who quickly established himself as a purveyor of action-oriented films that have a deeper psychological investigative base, Jonathan Mostow made his feature debut with 1997’s “Breakdown”. This taut thriller, with Kurt Russell as a man whose wife seems to have vanished in the desert, proved to be a surprise box-office hit. Mostow went on to co-found a production company with former executive Hal Lieberman and signed a four-year deal with Universal.
A graduate of Harvard, Mostow also trained at the American Repertory Company and NYC’s Lee Strasberg Institute. He helmed several short films and documentaries as well as music videos before making his first feature, the direct-to-video release “Beverly Hills Bodysnatchers” (1989) which owed a passing debt to “Re-Animator” (1985) as both dealt with attempts to bring people back from the dead. Mostow landed the Showtime film “Flight of the Black Angel” (1991), about a colonel who trains fighter pilots and… read more
It's hard to get worked up one way or the other about this. There's the spark of some interesting ideas here amid the dozens of ripoffs from better films, but the ideas are handled pretty blandly, and it's all ultimately inconsequential and forgettable.