Set in a futuristic world where humans live in isolation and interact through surrogate robots, a cop is forced to leave his home for the first time in years in order to investigate the murders of others’ surrogates.
Surrogates is a thought-provoking, generally well made sci-fi movie. There was a little too much action for my taste and I didn’t get how people who were connected to their surrogates almost 24/7 still had functioning bodies at all, or how they performed basic functions, but the main concept was intriguing.
In a world where you look however you want and never get hurt, who would ever use their real body? What is the point? In doing so, are you losing a large portion of what makes you human?
The movie asks these questions and others.
It started really well for me, as it presented an evolution to the current state of the world. It was progressive, we didn’t just get ‘bam, this is how things are, doesn’t matter how it got here’.
The development of the story was ok, it felt the pacing was off a bit at times. I thought the concept and its consequences was so powerful that it could have been better executed – all the action and superhero stuff only got in the way. Still, I appreciated the main characters, their struggles and their development. I particularly enjoyed the anxiety experienced by the main character when going out to the world for the first time in years.
All the cool effects were a welcome bonus. That flawless skin… Wowza. How the heck did they do that??
Besides the amazing imagery and all the action, Surrogates had suspense, mystery and interesting plot twists, so I recommend it.