Synopsis: Surrogates is a film that talks about how impending technologies can influence human life. People have stopped living their own lives and instead carry out their day-to-day activities in the artificial perfect shells of programmed surrogates. When the earliest murder in years prod this utopia, FBI agent Greer ascertains a phenomenon behind the surrogates and must dump his own surrogate, risking his life to unstitch the mystery.
Description: People are living their lives in an idyllic world by means of programmed surrogates where felony, struggle, fear and consequences don’t exist, until an FBI agent discovers a vast conspiracy and risks himself to untangle it.
Review: Surrogates is a decent sci-fi conception of a truly probable future, given the common goal of technology which is to make everything easy. On top of it, there’s this plane we all share as human beings: discontent. As long as you focus on these aspects, the whole 89 minutes would be a crescendo. It shows a future where the game Sims is actually played out in reality; where people lived vicarious lives through characters in gaming consoles, now in life-size surrogate robots walking around in the real world. Hence ushering a new era of existence where violent crimes, sexually transmitted diseases, death by accident, etc. can be considered things of the past.
Since we are in an imperfect world, we can set aside perfection in our following discussion for the nonce. The notion of artificial bodies that preclude the need for any kind of face to face human interaction, or the human to environment interaction itself could have been tapped to determine extremes—things we haven’t been able to really experience firsthand due to previous organic limits.
The movie could have shown us a totally different level of football, basketball, or maybe boxing—zero% injury, 100% entertainment, or maybe a deep sea dive where a user experiences it as real as anyone can get, without fear or any inhibition whatsoever. Conversely, we have Willis giving a cliché performance in a role that he’s had many times over—a cop. We can’t fail to mention Radha Mitchell and Rosamund Pike though, as they kept the plot sexy and moving right from the get go, if little else. The whole movie races on with little impact, but one can’t really complain much about which is beyond the wasted potential.