Remember i-Robots or The Terminator franchise? movies where robots rule our world? Well, this movie is nothing like those. Okay, a bit. but not robots-going-bad stuff you like. Surrogates is what I thought would really happen next decade. It’s about creating something you thought would be useful but in the end keeps you away from real life society. Surrogates are robotic-clones made to represent ourselves in society. It’s like a persocon which looks exactly like us. Owning a surrogate means you can have whatever body you ever wanted, being places without ever leave the house, doing whatever you want without the consequences of getting hurt physically. Imagine playing The Sims in real life. That is Surrogates.
Story begin when a policeman named Tom Greer (Bruce Willis) is forced to leave his house for the first time in his real body to investigate a murder of other’s surrogate. What strange about the case is the fact that its user was found dead exactly as his surrogate got killed. That is not supposed to happen when you use a surrogate, for it is originally created to make you safe. Juggling between solving the case, finding the truth and coping with his own emotion and passion of being a real human in an unrealistic world. The needs to feel and being attached to each other, even knowing that his wife is trying to hide herself from the pain of losing their child, making Surrogates more emotional and touchy than typical sci-fi. Watching the movie also makes you aware of what technology can possibly turn us into.
Ain’t focused on who the bad guy is, Surrogates really wanna tickle your humanity. Whether to live flawlessly in a surrogates world or dealing with your problems and be fully human. Just like its tagline: How do you save humanity when the only thing that’s real is you?