Time Out says
With their too-perfect skin, and dead eyes the ‘surries’ are the stars here, chilling yet plausible incarnations of a desire to turn our entire lives into one big role-playing scenario. There’s a chuckle at our first glimpse of Willis’s hirsute robotic self, but the course of the story also highlights a residual longing for the everyday human connections this brave new world looks set to expunge. Essentially, Jonathan Mostow’s film is a terrific pop sci-fi conceit in search of a plot, and while the detective story uncovering a sinister conspiracy is a functional enough hook for sundry revelations and car chases, it’s also somewhat foursquare and predictable. The milieu though, is fascinating, the performances are adept at differentiating the human from the ‘surry’, and the jargon is inventive (the robots call us ‘meatbags’). The ideas probably have a bit more juice than the movie, but it’s still an alert piece of entertainment.
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