Monday, February 09, 2009

NYC Comic Con 2009: Surrogates

Jonathan Mostow's (Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines and U-571) sci-fi thriller Surrogates is about a future where humans no longer live on the outside world, but vicariously through robots that look exactly like them. It allows them to take risks and act more recklessly.

It’s most beneficial to Bruce Willis’s character, because he’s a cop. So no matter what happens to his surrogate, he’ll still survive a violent pursuit of a suspect or a raid-gone-wrong. Hmm, wouldn’t that increase the world’s population? No risk of disease or death?

Unfortunately, people start to die while connected to the machines. Willis almost dies after his surrogate loses most of its limbs while on the job. When he gets out of the hospital, he decides not to get a replacement surrogate, but to uncover the conspiracy as himself. The world is amazed by his bravery and can’t believe that he chooses to live such a risky life.

We were shown scenes where the streets were littered with the bodies of surrogates. I’m not sure if that meant that all of the owners were dead or if the surrogates were just abandoned or if there was some sort of malfunction, but it reminded me very much of I Am Legend.

However, while all of that sounds interesting, visually it didn’t impress me much.

RELEASE DATE: September 25th

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