Surrogates is based on the graphic novel The Surrogates, which I reviewed here a couple days ago. It is the story of a society that has become withdrawn from reality because of a technology – originally intended to enable the handicapped to function better – that allows the human mind to link, cybernetically to a robot version of itself, and live vicariously through that surrogate.
With the vast majority of the world’s population now using surrogates to do everything from going on adventures to going to work, the production of surries, as they’re called, is now more a case of tweaking and fine tuning for maximum effect. Since surrogates are supposed to be 100% safe, when a couple is attacked by a helmeted biker with a strange weapon, alarms are raised because the operators died, too. Enter FBI Agents Greer [Bruce Willis] and Peters [Radha Mitchell]. Willis puts a slightly new spin on Greer: he finds himself becoming less enchanted with the technology he’s been using his entire career.