Based on a graphic novel series called The Surrogates by Robert Venditti, Surrogates starring Bruce Willis is an excellent action film and a mediocre technological thriller.
In the not-too-distant future, people never leave their homes and instead interact with the world through sophisticated androids called surrogates. Surrogates are controlled via a neural interface. Since no one has any clue who is on the other side of a surrogate, petty societal constraints like race and gender are a thing of the past. But when people start turning up murdered through their surrogates’ neural interface—something that shouldn’t be possible—Detective Greer (Bruce Willis) begins to unravel a plot that will have far-reaching consequences for his surrogate-dependent society.
The one thing I got out of this movie (besides two hours of action-packed fight scenes and neat visuals) was an intense longing for surrogate technology—which is exactly what the film argues against. I feel that the film didn’t adequately illustrate the cons of using surrogates; All I saw was the elimination of poverty, violence, racism, and gender inequality—and any other problem presented by surrogates pales in comparison to those advantages.
All in all, however, I enjoyed the movie and am interested to see if the graphic novel makes a better case against surrogates. Has anyone out there read the graphic novel? I’d love to hear from you.