Excerpt: In the near future, science and robotics have taken dramatic leaps forward in a short amount of time. The result is the development of 'surrogates,' robots that humans can basically remotely plug their minds into. They allow people to stay in their homes while the robots go out and interact for their operators in the real world. The owners are able to make their surrogates anything they want to be – younger, prettier, a different race, or even a different gender.
Excerpt: The robotic avatars of "Surrogates" make it an interesting film that brings up a lot of social, cultural, and political 'what-ifs.' If you like thought-provoking sci-fi or are a fan of Bruce Willis, you'll want to check it out.
Excerpt: Any time any slightly new piece of technology comes along, you can count on allegorical science fiction adventure following quick on its heels, taking the basic idea and expanding it to ridiculous extremes in order to make a none to subtle point about the human condition. Sometimes about chocolate, but usually the human condition. All right, I'm lying about some of that.
Excerpt: I’m a big fan of technology. I’ve got iPod’s, iPhone’s, laptops, plasma TV’s, Wii’s, PS3’s and about a dozen other gadgets that I really don’t need. Now it’s been said that too much technology (or too much of anything, for that matter) isn’t a good thing. I’m on the fence there as technology certainly has its benefits, but there’s a down side to that as well.
Excerpt: In the not-so-distant future, where people experience life through perfect surrogates controlled from the safety of their own homes, murder is a thing of the past. But when a college student linked to the creator of these replicants is killed, one FBI agent must re-enter reality and risk his life to unravel the mystery. In the battle of technology versus humanity, who can you trust?
Excerpt: It is the idea of Surrogates that is immediately off-putting. In the future, robotics have advanced so everyone can utilize a mechanical double of themselves in day-to-day life. Instead of going to work, you send your surrogate, utilizing your brain to control it. The futuristic marketing in the background of this story preaches safety as the benefit, which after years of brain-washing seems marginally plausible. However, it is hard to see the benefit.
Summary: Make no mistake. Mostow and the original writers have a lot to say here. There is a political, or at least social, message to be found in the film. What I like, however, is that you’re given the freedom to draw your own conclusions. Like Star Trek before it, Surrogates proves that you can have a social message without beating your audience over the head with it. There’s room for a sequel here, to be sure. There’s more to this message.
Conclusion: 'Surrogates' offers just enough intrigue (and a genuinely gonzo performance by Ving Rhames) to give it a rental recommendation. The video is pretty good for a film that isn't all that striking visually, it's got a really great audio track, and a few extras that aren't all that interesting. Those looking for the bold science fiction fun of previous Bruce Willis outings like '12 Monkeys' or 'The Fifth Element' will be disappointed.