If you’ve played Second Life or something similar, the plot/premise of this film will be easier for you to understand. Basically, people spend all their days in their bedrooms plugged into a network and controlling a robot avatar of themselves. Their robot selves have careers, relationships and so on. With their real bodies safely at home, there’re no epidemics, no fatal accidents, crime falls to almost zero and people can be as attractive as they want to make their robots.
Bruce Willis is a cop (or his robot is, anyway) tasked with investigating the termination of some robots that have also caused their human operators to die. It emerges that there’s a new weapon on the loose, and it falls into the hands of the radical ‘anti-robot’ group (all but terrorits). There are then the usual chase scenes, etc.
Surrogates is nowhere near as good as some of Bruce Willis’s classic scifi movies (Fifth Element and Twelve Monkeys). The plot just isn’t that coherent and the characterisation is very thin (perhaps a consequence of the inevitable ‘dislocation’ of a world of robots). However, the film is definitely thought-provoking and has some great scenes. One of my faves is when we discover that the job of the robot of Willis’s wife turns out to be a plastic surgeon who performs facial surgery on other robots all day.
It’s not a film to watch more than once, but worth seeing anyway. 7/10