The idea is better than the execution, which is oddly mediocre.
By Tym Stevens
The initial 2005 Surrogates series was created by Robert Venditti and Brett Weldele. A satire set in a future world of where a shut-in populace acts publicly through flawless robot avatars, it unwinds as a hardboiled detective mystery. A prequel followed in time for the film's release.
Bruce Willis starred in the 2009 film adaption. The concept is compelling, and the wit of sending up the nexus of tech and narcissism amusing, but it proves to be an average thriller without a lot of traction, despite its rich promise.