In the first five minutes we learn what has happened. An inventor who is wheel chair bound invented a means whereby he and people like him could still participate in society. By placing a device on his head he could control a “surrogate,” (a robot controlled by the power of the mind), and vicariously be a normal “human being.” Of course, the military immediately took the device to develop it as a weapon. That in turn brought the price down so that consumers could afford such devices. This is a repeatable pattern in the contemporary world; everything from pens that can write upside down underwater to hi-tech items like computers and so on owe their existence to this sort of development. By the time the movie begins it appears that 99% the world all live their lives through “surries” experiencing life without risk or danger of any kind.

Surrogates, a sci-fi, murder mystery, action thriller stars Bruce Willis and is good on that level. But it’s the underlying insights into the true being in all of us that makes it stand out for me. Of course, with everybody able to face the world through their surries the streets are filled with nothing but beautiful, strong and healthy, perfectly dressed beings. Not a flaw is to been seen anywhere. This goes way beyond dyeing your hair, bleaching your teeth, liposuction, hours a week at the gym, plastic surgery, or any of the things that we do today. Hiding behind your surrie means never having to face anybody, not even yourself.

Another benefit of the surry age is crime rates have dropped drastically. I suppose when people have no interaction with one another it reduces the opportunity for crimes against one another as well, doesn’t it. But at what price? For one thing the tiny minority who choose not to live via surries are placed on reservations. The first plot point is when two surries are destroyed by a man with a hand held weapon and the two users die as well. If humans are not safe after all then a cover up must keep this knowledge from them and FBI agent Greer (Willis) is on the case.

Even though the mask of being a surry seems to be a way for humans to hide their true selves living a lie takes its toll. How many of us try to live a lie. Yet, until we honestly come face to face with our real identity unhappiness and misery are bound to follow of necessity. It’s the way we’re made. Streets overcrowded with perfect surrogates can't make up for broken and lonely hearts.

  Woe to those who add house to house and join field to field,
    Until there is no more room,
    So that you have to live alone in the midst of the land!
                                                               Isaiah 5:8

Greer is the first we see doubting that living behind a surry is really the best way to go. His own life and family tragedies don't go away and he fights a lonely battle to a conclusion before the film is over.

A good action film but even better for you "thinkers."



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  • Jacen
    I've been wanting to see this movie and this review only makes me want to see it even more. I didn't even know it was out yet! Thanks Jim!

    I've been wanting to see this movie and this review only makes me want to see it even more. I didn't even know it was out yet!

    Thanks Jim!

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