In the not too distant future, billions of people experience life from the safety of their own homes by linking into perfect robot surrogates via a computer headset. Their surrogates go to work for them, party for them and generally do anything the controller wishes.
For many, using surrogates is a godsend - allowing crippled people to walk, for example - and if the surrogate machines are in any way damaged or destroyed, their controllers can simply purchase another model.
Yet some people disdain this new technology, believing it robs people of their very Human essence. Known as Dreads, this dissident faction has set up a safe zone, a Humans only reserve in Boston, and is lead by an outspoken leader known as The Prophet (VING RHIMES).
When Boston FBI Agents Greer (BRUCE WILLIS) and Peters (RADHA MITCHELL) are called in to investigate a homicide, it soon becomes apparent that something is very wrong. An assassin is stalking the city, a cold killer using an unknown weapon of such magnitude that is not only disables surrogates but immediately kills their users despite all the computer failsafe mechanisms in place. The latest victim just happens to be the son of renowned - and now disgraced - Doctor Lionel Canter (JAMES CROMWELL), the brilliant scientist who developed the notion of robot surrogates.
As Greer and Peters delve deeper into the mystery they soon realise that nobody is who they seem and trust is in short supply. In a race against time before the killer strikes again, they will travel the length of Boston from the Dreads Quarter to the very echelons of power with unseen dangers lurking at every turn.
I found SURROGATES an enjoyable film to watch and despite being based on a successful Graphic Novel, there is plenty of influence from the likes of PHILIP K DICK here too. Indeed, the film reminded me of the hit I, ROBOT and CROMWELL plays an almost identical role in both. All the cast are good in their roles - although RHIMES has little screen time for such an important character - and the purposeful lack of futuristic technology is a bonus as it does not distract from the story.
Extra Features include four deleted scenes (running in at 6 minutes), two quite short but informative Making Of programmes (at 14 minutes and 6 minutes respectively), a 3 minute Music Video and audio commentary from Director, JONATHAN MOSTOW.
Anybody wishing to see an intelligent psychological Sci-Fi thriller will find SURROGATES worthy viewing!