And one that is becoming more relevant at that. Bruce Willis is superb as a detective who is investigating a murder, in a future society where a murder hasn't been committed for years! Why?
People in this future never go out. Instead, a robot/avatar copy of themselves, which they can add their personality to, goes to work, goes to the mall, goes out, while the real person stays at home in safety. Sounds farfetched? Think again. Think about how many people these days spend more time online on sites like Facebook and not interacting with real people . . . then see that SURROGATES is networking gone too far in the future! And the real people who stay in are becoming obese couch potatoes like the starship passengers in WALL-E and turning to alcohol and drugs to make their lives better, even though crime on the outside is down.
Things take on a new twist when FBI Agent Tom Geer(Willis, who also plays his surrogate robot in a small role, which was clever)investigating the death of the son of the Chief Executive of the robot manufacturing corporation that made the surrogates; discovering an armed resistance group opposed to the technology wanting a return to humanity. The pace never slackens and the ending - WOW. Not what I expected at all, which really made this a five-star review. I won't give it away, but it does make you think hard about how too dependent on high-tech gadgets and introverted lifestyles we have become.
Ironic, as one reviewer stated, I'm posting it on a site like this, but SURROGATES, one of the most underrated movies of 2009 by critics, comes highly recommended!!