FBI agents (Bruce Willis and Radha Mitchell) investigate the mysterious murder of a college student linked to the man who helped create a high-tech surrogate phenomenon that allows people to purchase unflawed robotic versions of themselves—fit, good looking remotely controlled machines that ultimately assume their 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?
This is a dark picture, set in a dreary world of earth’s possible future. People live vicariously through the surrogates while they remain in the comfort of their homes. Considering how much some people stay at a computer screen, it is not a plot impossible to imagine. Bruce Willis stars as an FBI agent who investigates the murder of a college student. This leads into the plot of the surrogates who obviously play a large role in the picture. This high-tech vision is a special effects extravaganza and the special effects are extraordinary. The movie does make the viewer think about possible future scenarios and what he/she might do if given similar choices. Would some people be tempted to have a physically perfect version of themselves?
Unfortunately, the film is peppered with strong language and strong violence as well, in addition to a few strong sexual remarks and a drug reference. Due to these factors, we are unable to award this movie our Dove “Family-Approved” Seal.