Year: 2017. Humans live in near-total isolation. We see romote-controlled bodies who assume the roles of their human operators serving as their “surrogates”, allowing people to experience life from the comfort and safety of their own homes. Enter Tom Greer (Bruce Willis) and Jennifer Peters (Radha Mitchell), two FBI agents investigating the mysterious murder of a college student linked to the man who pioneered the creations of surrogates. Throw in some unexpected twists and turns (gasp! gasp!), you have got yourself a thrilling sci-fi that does not entirely disappoints.
Based on the comic book series of the same name, Surrogates then begins a quest to find out the answer to the ultimate question: How do you save humanity when the only thing that’s real is you?
While the concept of robotic surrogates is quite intriguing, director Jonathan Mostow’s execution lacks a few ingredients of good filmmaking. First of all, the storyline is quite too complex and it results in a somewhat pointless screenplay. All the fast-paced action scenes were crammed to fit to the 88 minutes. Result of a sloppy direction and shoddy editing. To give the credit it deserved, the special effects used in the movie is praise-worthy but it alone cannot save the movie from what it lacks.
To the most part, Surrogates will appeal big time for its comic fans. For me (not a comic fan), the movie wasn’t half as bad. At least it gurantees a wholesome entertainment with a bunch of your sci-fi-loving buddies, if nothing else. I shall warn you though, if you have higher expectations then you might be in for a disappointment.