Featurette Fleshes Out the Surrogates Future
08.19.09 by REELZ
In the future, we will live our lives even more vicariously than we already do — that's the basic story behind Surrogates, a cinematic vision of a world in which living life through your robotic avatar is so compelling that no one really wants to live an ordinary life inside his or her own body anymore. It is a world of seemingly unlimited fantasy devoid of any consequences. You can be as attractive as you like. You can be a man, or a woman. You can even die and come back again. A lot like Second Life, but with much better graphics. And it all feels real.
The movie's cast and crew try to make this vision of the future as compelling as possible in a new featurette laced with an assortment of eye candy from the movie. It is, they contend, a cautionary tale about the de-humanizing direction online life seems to be heading. Along the way, we are treated to glimpses of telephone booths repurposed as avatar charging stations, a Terminator-like avatar assembly line, and Bruce Willis — or at least his avatar — engaged in all sorts of Die Hard-like action.