Today, me and my best friend went to see the movie “Surrogates” starring Bruce Willis (or if you’re gay like me…starring Boris Kodjoe) and I found it to be highly interesting and thought provoking. As a sci-fi junkie myself (Terminator, Star Trek, Star Wars, and pretty much anything of the sort is right up my street) I found myself riveted, seriously.
The movie takes place in the near future (no specific date is given) and key plot points are as follows…
1.) Androids called Surrogates were initially invented for a specific segment of the population; however, they were mass produced–for every man and woman (and some children)–and became a way of life.
Surrogates, essentially, are android avatars that act on behalf of their human controllers. Human beings are custom “fitted” with a surrogate who takes their place in the “real” world. Surrogates go to work, shopping, clubbing, and everything else that a normal person would do. Moreover, through their surrogate, human beings can partake in all of the sensations without any fear of accidental death.
2.) Since the creation of surrogates: crime, venereal disease, accidental death, and etc al have all but been eradicated now that human beings no longer have to leave the safety of their own homes.
However, as it always is in movies, paradise wouldn’t be paradise without trouble. When the first person dies, whilst operating a surrogate, all proverbial hell breaks loose. That’s when Bruce Willis’ character goes on a futuristic hunt for the surrogate killer.
Anyway, I loved the movie. This is a definite must see. I think the only thing the writers failed to explain was why didn’t these people develop bed sores from being completely immobile for 99.9% of the day? When you think about it the heavy dependence upon surrogates would be the end of humanity as we know it.
Oh, honey chile if you don’t go see it for anything else then see it for the Boris Kodjoe factor! He is major easy on the eyes, seriously.
Now, for the big question…
If the technology were ever invented (and let’s face it. Whenever science fiction movies suggest something the ideas usually become a reality) would you own and operate a surrogate? I found it very interesting how the majority of the surrogate owners in the film operated surrogates that looked NOTHING like their normal selves (as I said before one fat bald guy lived his life as a beautiful blonde woman via his surrogate). Everyone who designed a surrogate designed their fantasy selves.
Would surrogacy be beneficial to mankind or just a further descent into narcissism and isolation? In a way it is somewhat like that now. People use the internet as a surrogate of sorts. If you’re really bored you can be anyone on the internet. Hell, there is even a game called second life where you can create an avatar. Surrogates is second life multiplied 100x over!
I’d have a surrogate but only when I didn’t feel like getting out of bed to go to work. Moreover, I’d make my surrogate atleast 5’10.