Director Jonathan Mostow Says Surrogates Is More Than a "Robot Movie"
09.26.09 by BJSprecher
Director Jonathan Mostow's live-action adaptation of the Top Shelf Productions comic book series by Robert Venditti and Brett Weldele may appear on the surface to be another testosterone-fueled action film with Bruce Willis in the lead, but Mostow says that there's far
more to the plot than explosions and robots ... but there are those too.
This is not a bubble-gum movie. It's definitely got the stuff you'd expect from a Bruce Willis, sci-fi–action film. But it takes the subject matter seriously. There's nothing frivolous about it.
In the near-future world of the movie, people use idealized versions of themselves to interact with others in the form of human-looking androids or "surrogates."
I guess you could call it a robot movie and there have been a thousand of those. But I think this one is different. It just seemed to fit closely with how we live our lives today. What Surrogates is all about is how people retain their humanity in the face of relentless technology. I got that instantly from reading the script. It's about how people are tethered to their electronic devices such as mobile phones, Blackberrys, etc; how they do their shopping on the net; how you're not talking to a person you're talking to a piece of software when you call the customer service line.