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Android killers end perfect world dream

After Bruce Willis's John McClane was all but pensioned off in the poor Die Hard: 4.0, I feared that his career as an action hero was all but over.

But he's back to his best and, even if he's got a few more miles on the clock, his performances are getting better.

Surrogates is like the dark side of Avatar -- a world where humans have become imprisoned by their own laziness and lack of adventure.

It opens with a brief synopsis of how mankind has gone down the wrong path.

In the not too distant future, the majority of humans are hooked up to virtual-reality machines.

From the comfort of their own homes, they control an android version of themselves which does all the mundane -- and fun -- things in life.

The androids can jump off buildings, get knocked down, do a shift in the office, while the user never leaves the comfort of his or her own home.

It's not clear how, but crime is virtually eliminated, racism is unheard of and people never have to fear the big, bad world again.

And it's all a bit laughable really as an obese man can have an avatar that boasts a six pack, ugly white guys can live the world through the android body of a good-looking black guy, and that hot blonde date in the nightclub might well be an old woman (or man, oh man) in reality.

But all's not well in the virtual-reality world. A group of humans have set up their own robot-free ghettos, while androids start getting bumped off -- and their human users are being killed too.

The android FBI agent Greer (Willis) is a youthful, fitter version of the real, balding guy at home.

But after the android is destroyed chasing a suspect, he sets foot in the real world with a real case to work on.

It's not perfect, and some of it is downright silly, as in why, if this world is so futuristic, are they all driving today's cars on streets that look the same as they do now?

But forget about the odd flaw, rent it -- it's thought- provoking and provides a fresh angle in sci-fi.

DVd Extras Not very futuristic at all, with just a commentary track.