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 farmore 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. Posted 09.26.09 by BrentJS
For most people in the future envisioned by Surrogates, it's all about better living through your prettied-up robot avatar. Not only do you get downloaded into a younger, idealized — and in the case of Bruce Willis, hairier — body, but you also get to fine tune what you feel. In one edit bay interview, Surrogates director Jonathan Mostow explains how to absorb the pleasures but avoid the pains of everyday life:
You can adjust your surrogate. We don't address this in the movie because there just wasn't time to get to all these things. You could theoretically just tune your surrogate not to smell unpleasant smells, and only to smell pleasant smells. That's what [is] so fantastic about this technology: it filters out whatever you don't like.
You can even filter out out the boring bits. In another interview, he points to a scene in which we see Willis going home on a subway that the other passengers have literally tuned out:
The subway is basically just populated by people who are shut off, because if you have to take your Surrogate from work back to your house, you can take the subway, walk onto the subway, sit down and get out of your chair, go eat a bagel and just come back before your stop is ready and your Surrogate can reactivate.
It's not all fun and games, though, as Willis' character discovers when he is called on to investigate what looks to be the murder of a person through his surrogate. And despite all the seductions, not everyone is sold on the concept. There are reservations filled with people the director describes as "the Whole Foods/Trader Joes crowd" who still like to do things the natural way. Posted 08.31.09 by reelz
If you haven't heard of Bruce Willis's next movie Surrogates, the below featurette should clue you in. To give a short summary, it's a sci-fi thriller about a world where people who, from the comfort of their homes, live their lives vicariously through robots. The movie is based on a graphic novel written by Robert Venditti. It supposedly has a lot to say about how technology is affecting our lives, how we lose out on personal connections thanks to computers and cell phones. We're just hoping Willis finds a way to say something like "yippee-ki-yay, mother cyborg." Posted 08.24.09 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. Posted 08.19.09 by reelz
Behold, the first still released for sci-fi, comic book-based movie Surrogates. Coming to theaters September 25, 2009, it's directed by Jonathan Mostow and stars Bruce Willis.
Set in a futuristic world where humans live in isolation and interact through surrogate robots, a cop (Willis) is forced to leave his home for the first time in years in order to investigate the murders of others' surrogates. The mysterious murder of a college student becomes linked to the man who created the surrogate phenomenon that allows people to purchase flawless robotic versions of themselves -- fit, good looking, remotely-controlled machines that ultimately assume the owner's real life roles -- enabling people to experience life vicariously from the comfort and safety of their own homes. The murder spawns a quest for answers: in a world of masks, who's real and who can you trust? Posted 12.18.08 by reelz