Released 5 years ago and it could be used as an allegory for today's society (or the very near future). Most people do relate to the world with their avatars and they do prefer their online version of themselves, their profiles to themselves. There has been a migration to virtual landscapes. We don't have organic avatars. The interesting thing with these brilliant dystopias is that they seem like utopias to many.
For me, "Surrogates" was an enjoyable way to spend an hour and a-half at one o'clock in the morning. Outdated concept (didn't "The Twilight Zone" cover this back in the 1960's?) and cheesy effects only add to the aura of schlock. This movie was so astoundingly forgettable that even though I saw it a mere nine hours ago, I can't recall much about it, except one thing: Bruce Willis isn't incredibly irritating here.
Stale movie. I liked T3 but this one is way worse: Willis in his usual mono-expression mode plays the same role again and again, the plot is predictable and original ideas are something unknown here. Name ten movies between Blade Runner and Strange Days and you are not so far from this stereotypes feast (there's also a bit of Wargames!). Some nice effects and action but don't expect a super-muscular-adrenalinic flick
Great SCI-FI. Not set in an acid rain filled world, but a world not unlike that of today. The concept is great. Comic must be good. As I mention in my review, kids of today are halfway there. Gives a whole new concept to MMORPG. Trailer: http://bit.ly/Surrogates-2009