Last Updated on: June 26th, 2024

Surrogates (Touchstone Movie)

“Surrogates” is a science fiction action thriller film released in 2009, directed by Jonathan Mostow and based on the graphic novel of the same name by Robert Venditti and Brett Weldele. The movie is set in a futuristic world where humans live vicariously through highly advanced robotic avatars called “surrogates.”

In the not-too-distant future, the majority of the human population uses surrogates to interact with the world. These lifelike robots are controlled by humans from the safety and comfort of their homes. Surrogates allow people to experience life without physical risk or discomfort, leading to a seemingly utopian society.

The film follows FBI Agent Tom Greer (Bruce Willis), who investigates the mysterious deaths of two users who were killed while operating their surrogates. As the investigation unfolds, Greer begins to uncover a larger conspiracy that threatens the very fabric of society.

As he delves deeper into the case, Greer becomes entangled in a complex web of deception, secrets, and the blurred lines between reality and virtual existence. He must confront the ethical and moral implications of living life through surrogates and the potential dangers posed by a society that relies so heavily on technology.

As the film progresses, “Surrogates” delves into themes of identity, individuality, and the consequences of escaping from real-life experiences through technology. It raises questions about the human condition, the value of genuine human interaction, and the potential loss of empathy and emotional connection in a world dominated by artificial avatars.

Bruce Willis delivers a compelling performance as Agent Greer, showcasing the character’s struggle with the effects of this technologically advanced society. The supporting cast, including Radha Mitchell as FBI Agent Peters and Rosamund Pike as Greer’s wife, adds depth and complexity to the narrative.

The film’s visual effects and action sequences contribute to its futuristic and immersive atmosphere, creating a visually striking and engaging experience for viewers.

“Surrogates” remains relevant as a science fiction film that reflects on the implications of our increasing reliance on technology and the potential consequences of seeking an idealized and artificial version of reality. While not a critical success upon release, the movie provides a thought-provoking look at the ever-evolving relationship between humans and technology, leaving audiences contemplating the balance between progress and the preservation of our humanity.

Additional Details


  • Bruce Willis: Thomas “Tom” Greer
  • Radha Mitchell: Jennifer Peters
  • Rosamund Pike: Maggie Greer
  • Jack Noseworthy: Miles Strickland
  • James Cromwell: Dr. Lionel Canter
  • Ving Rhames: The Prophet
  • Boris Kodjoe: Andrew “Andy” Stone
  • James Francis Ginty: Canter Surrogate
  • Trevor Donovan: Surrogate Tom Greer
  • Michael Cudlitz: Colonel Brendon
  • Devin Ratray: Bobby Saunders
  • Helena Mattsson: JJ
  • Shane Dzicek: Jarod Canter


  • Director: Jonathan Mostow
  • Producers: David Hoberman. Todd Lieberman, Max Handelman
  • Screenplay: John Brancato and Michael Ferris

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