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My Review of Surrogates

surrogates-movie-posterSurrogates is a movie that takes place in a not-too-distant future where all interaction between humans is done through surrogate robots. From the safety of your home, you control a body that sees, hears, smells, tastes, and feels for you, allowing you to do all of the things you wanted to do in life without the fear of being injured or killed. You can have a surrogate that is a different sex, race, age, or even something that’s brand new and unique. It’s painted as an utopian future.

And, of course, in any utopian future, there is the faction of people who are unhappy with it. In this instance, the people who refuse to use machines to interact with other humans but who relish the human experience. And then there’s the murder of a surrogate’s user through the destruction of a surrogate, something that’s supposed to be impossible. And Bruce Willis plays the FBI agent who investigates it all.

The movie had some really interesting concepts and in the hands of a better writer, or even as a movie longer than 88 minutes (or maybe a television series), it could have touched on some of the more fascinating aspects of this society. Have restaurants and hair salons gone out of business? Have surrogates gone to different planets and under the ocean? Could you make surrogates that are giant sized or microscopic? How do people keep from having their muscles atrophy?

Unfortunately, this movie just skimmed along and barely broke the surface of the ocean of possibilities. It was rather predictable, especially if you saw the previews that ruined the entire ending, and while everyone did a decent job acting, it was too heavy handed while being simultaneously shallow to really work well.

I’d give it a C.

29 thoughts on “My Review of Surrogates”

  1. The movie reminds me of a movie I saw when I was a kid, where robots replace actors and people end up dying. The premise is totally different, actually, it’s just the idea of the robots that is the same. That movie was WAY better than I’m sure this one is. It’s called Looker, written and directed by Michael Crichton, and stars Susan Dey:

  2. Hollywood doesn’t seem capable of making thoughtful science fiction these days. Even the most intriguing of premises gets reduced to an excuse to string action sequences together. I didn’t see this movie, but your description sounded like exactly what I feared it would be.

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