He stars as FBI agent Tom Greer who lives in a world where robotic surrogates stand in for people. The idea is that if you stay home and send your surrogate out into the world, you’re safe from all harm, i.e. violence, illness, aging, what have you.
I got to thinking, though, since there’d be no one out in the world to eat or do other human things, seems like all the restaurants would go out of business. But I guess we’re not supposed to think of those things.
So you’ve got all these picture perfect robots out in the world, who are remotely controlled by the real person hooked up to a machine back home. Again, doesn’t sound like much of a life, and wouldn’t all the real people be, like, 500 lbs.? Anyway…
Greer and his partner, Agent Peters (Radha Mitchell), are called in to probe the mysterious death of a college student, whose life ended when his surrogate was destroyed. That’s not supposed to happen. When Greer’s surrogate is damaged in the investigation, he ventures out of his apartment for the first time in decades, which is more than a little anxiety-producing.
More after the jump…
What is it with all the avatar movies lately? Are we that inadequate that we need machines and other technology to run our lives for us?
At any rate, this movie was a fun action thriller, and kept me interested all the way to the end. It’s rated PG-13 for intense sequences of violence, disturbing images, language, sexuality and a drug-related scene. It’s directed by Jonathan Mostow, who also directed “Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines,” and also stars Ving Rhames, James Cromwell and Rosamund Pike.
- Deleted scenes
- A more perfect you: the science of Surrogates
- Breaking the frame: a graphic novel comes to life
- “I Will Not Bow” (great song) music video by Breaking Benjamin
- Feature audio commentary by director Jonathan Mostow