In a futuristic world, humanity has stopped going outside and instead is using robots (surrogates) that are remotely controlled through their brains. The advantage of this is that people can do what they want without ever getting hurt as the feedback from a surrogate can do no harm to the human body. Until one day the son of surrogates inventor Dr. Lionel Canter gets found dead in his home after his surrogate got fried by some new weapon.
FBI agents Tom Greer and Jennifer Peters are sent out to investigate and as they start looking into things a conspiracy starts to unfold…
Sound and Vision:
The movie looks a bit fake over the entire line but on the technical side we can’t really complain. Humans look human and surrogates can clearly be distinguished by their rather waxy looks. Except for some minor occasional noise the transfer is good.
The movie is filled with action and the soundtrack nicely suppots that. The surround speakers and subwoofer are well used for the effects while dialogues are crystal clear and positioned well at the center speaker.
– Audio Commentary
– Music video: “I Will Not Blow” by Breaking Benjamin
Surrogates has an interesting concept where humanity decides to stay at home and instead have robots do their thing. A bit like the “Sims-like” feature in the movie “Gamer” where people can control others and make themselves look how they want. Unfortunately, the filosophical nature of the movie quickly gets exchanged for the standard action-packed flick that’s perfectly fit for Bruce Willis doing his usual stuff. Does that make Surrogates a bad movie? No it doesn’t, but it could have been a lot more.
While a movie that criticizes shallowness and the superficial nature of society is lingering in there, Surrogates has become a rather enjoyable but standard whodunnit with Bruce Willis running around with a ridiculous toupet. Luckily he loses it pretty quickly.