What if you could have the perfect body, without any need for plastic surgery or exercise?How far can social networking go before human interaction stops entirely? Surrogates explores these concepts – for about two minutes.
In a Utopian crime free future, humans live their lives through surrogates; physically perfect sentient versions of themselves. When their controllers start getting bumped off, Bruce Willis’ cop must leave his house for the first time in years to solve the murders.
The fact that the cast are supposed to act like robots in an Oil of Ulay advert doesn’t forgive the fact that this is an utterly soulless affair. All of the humans behind the surrogates are supposed to be deeply flawed, but we do not see enough of them to care. And if Willis’ surrogate is supposed to be perfect why would he choose a haircut that even Nicolas Cage would baulk at?
In a film about identity it’s ironic that is has no idea what it wants to be. It could have been written by a robot. Action scenes: check: plot twist: check: evil corporation: check.
However it’s an hour shorter than Transformers 2, so at least doesn’t hang around long enough to completely hate it.