Surrogates Movie Trailer

Based on the 2005–2006 graphic novel series of the same name, Surrogates is set in a futuristic world where people live in isolation and interact vicariously through surrogate robots. The movie is set to be released on September 25, 2009.

[Via TechEblog]

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12 Responses to Surrogates Movie Trailer

  1. Saw the trailer to this when I saw Inglourious Basterds. Doesn't look too bad.

    However, it does follow the Hollywood rule of 'two films, one story' established by: Armageddon/Deep Impact; The Prestige/The Illusionist; Antz/A Bug's Life; and Alexander/Troy.

    What's the movie that's gonna be the Armageddon to Surrogates' Deep Impact? Oh yeah, Avatar.

    Not saying it's 'the same' at all, or plagarism. It's just weird how films with very similar plot points come out around the same time, and has been happening since cinema first started. Probably happened back in the day when theatre reigned supreme as well.

  2. Saw the trailer to this when I saw Inglourious Basterds. Doesn’t look too bad.

    However, it does follow the Hollywood rule of ‘two films, one story’ established by: Armageddon/Deep Impact; The Prestige/The Illusionist; Antz/A Bug’s Life; and Alexander/Troy.

    What’s the movie that’s gonna be the Armageddon to Surrogates’ Deep Impact? Oh yeah, Avatar.

    Not saying it’s ‘the same’ at all, or plagarism. It’s just weird how films with very similar plot points come out around the same time, and has been happening since cinema first started. Probably happened back in the day when theatre reigned supreme as well.

  3. Yeah, Andrew. Deep Impact, Armageddon. Bugs Life, Antz. Finding Nemo, Shark's Tale. Existenz, 13th Floor, The Matrix, "we're still on the holodec", etc. etc.

    I've wondered about that myself. I think scripts and ideas get pitched and floated around Hollywood, declined and then stolen on a fairly regular basis.

    • To be fair, while the rest we've listed are probably down to some form of light 'plagarism' (not on purpose to rip off the ideas of someone else, but simply that everything you see/hear will influence what you write – I can't deny there's some things I've written as a fledgling scriptwriter that have had major influences from other works)…

      …I think that in this case, it's not really anything of the sort. What with the whole political correctness and economic downturn in our world today, I think EVERYONE sometimes wishes they could think 'fuck it' and do whatever they wanted to do. And with another body, they could. Well, until it's just as dangerous, so the real message is: 'you should just be happy with what you've got, even if it is a bit crap sometimes'.

      So I think that's where the starting points came from, completely separately, in this case. It's just odd there's been a few similar films recently.

  4. Yeah, Andrew. Deep Impact, Armageddon. Bugs Life, Antz. Finding Nemo, Shark’s Tale. Existenz, 13th Floor, The Matrix, “we’re still on the holodec”, etc. etc.
    I’ve wondered about that myself. I think scripts and ideas get pitched and floated around Hollywood, declined and then stolen on a fairly regular basis.

    • To be fair, while the rest we’ve listed are probably down to some form of light ‘plagarism’ (not on purpose to rip off the ideas of someone else, but simply that everything you see/hear will influence what you write – I can’t deny there’s some things I’ve written as a fledgling scriptwriter that have had major influences from other works)…

      …I think that in this case, it’s not really anything of the sort. What with the whole political correctness and economic downturn in our world today, I think EVERYONE sometimes wishes they could think ‘fuck it’ and do whatever they wanted to do. And with another body, they could. Well, until it’s just as dangerous, so the real message is: ‘you should just be happy with what you’ve got, even if it is a bit crap sometimes’.

      So I think that’s where the starting points came from, completely separately, in this case. It’s just odd there’s been a few similar films recently.

  5. This movie is based on a series of graphic novels that ran between 2005 to 2006, while it's very likely it was inspired by other recent movies.

    My only complaint is that it may differ from the graphic novels quite a bit, in that the people die if their Surrogate dies, which for me is too Matrix like.

    We understand that The Matrix they had to do it in order to heighten the drama & action, but by doing it in this also risks it becoming too much of the same old Hollywood formula. Hopefully it manages to keep it interesting, regardless.

    As robotic technology advances it's only a matter of time before these types of stories become more popular. The whole mind our of body experience is still an interesting concept to explore. Plus the questions about how far people would be willing to change themselves if they could choose whatever shape. All interesting subjects, I think.

  6. This movie is based on a series of graphic novels that ran between 2005 to 2006, while it’s very likely it was inspired by other recent movies.

    My only complaint is that it may differ from the graphic novels quite a bit, in that the people die if their Surrogate dies, which for me is too Matrix like.
    We understand that The Matrix they had to do it in order to heighten the drama & action, but by doing it in this also risks it becoming too much of the same old Hollywood formula. Hopefully it manages to keep it interesting, regardless.

    As robotic technology advances it’s only a matter of time before these types of stories become more popular. The whole mind our of body experience is still an interesting concept to explore. Plus the questions about how far people would be willing to change themselves if they could choose whatever shape. All interesting subjects, I think.

  7. I read about this back when the two Capote films came out and the Prestige/Illusionist phenomena. That was when I first noticed that the trend had to be more than coincidence. What I gathered from my "very" basic search was that an idea, a style, topic, theme comes up in Hollywood that is projected to be highly appealing to film audiences and filmmakers pounce, perhaps knowing that another film of a similar nature is being made, and perhaps not. In the end it mostly comes down mainly to who gets their adverts out first and then which is released first. The second film will then be seen as the copycat and sometimes shunned without further review. Gamer and Surrogates focus of similar themes however the two films are entirely different. The Prestige and the Illusionist takes steps towards what seems to be a similar direction but are edified in their own rights. So it is unfortunate that society often considers these films as "knock-offs" or feel like they'd just be watching the same film over because usually each film can stand on it's own two feet…except, I'm sure films don't have feet.

    Hope that was helpful, and if not, I tried.

  8. I read about this back when the two Capote films came out and the Prestige/Illusionist phenomena. That was when I first noticed that the trend had to be more than coincidence. What I gathered from my “very” basic search was that an idea, a style, topic, theme comes up in Hollywood that is projected to be highly appealing to film audiences and filmmakers pounce, perhaps knowing that another film of a similar nature is being made, and perhaps not. In the end it mostly comes down mainly to who gets their adverts out first and then which is released first. The second film will then be seen as the copycat and sometimes shunned without further review. Gamer and Surrogates focus of similar themes however the two films are entirely different. The Prestige and the Illusionist takes steps towards what seems to be a similar direction but are edified in their own rights. So it is unfortunate that society often considers these films as “knock-offs” or feel like they’d just be watching the same film over because usually each film can stand on it’s own two feet…except, I’m sure films don’t have feet.

    Hope that was helpful, and if not, I tried.

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