I saw the ads when it came out, but my wife and I seldom go to movies.Â While grading papers today, I watched it on Netflix.
Yes, grading student essays is not so difficult that I can’t watch a movie at the same time.Â (One quirk of both my daughter and myself that just drives my wife crazy is that we can and often do multitask–doing several things simultaneously.)
Anyway, the essence of the movie (explained in the very well done minute or two opening so I am not spoiling anything for you) is that in the very near future, humans live their entire lives through robotic surrogates that give you all the sensations and experiences–but without the risks.Â Many people never actually leave their homes–they rely on their surrogates to go everywhere, including doing their jobs.Â Of course, the robots don’t age, or get fat, or ugly.Â And if the surrogate dies, you can’t get hurt.Â Or can you?
To say that this is an astonishing commentary on our technologically deranged society is quite clear.Â I would blog some more about this–but blogging is perilously close to a surrogate form of social behavior!
There are so many cliched sci-fi premises that have been done again and again and again (such as time travel stories) that to really make it interesting requires a really astonishing piece of writing.Â And to get some thoughtful social commentary at the same time?Â Excellent!