Surrogates and Avatar are very popular movies in the cinemas at the moment. Both explore the idea of using a surrogate or an avatar as part of human life. However, the commonality ends on basic concept of a human controlling the avatar. From this point on the use of the avatar is very different in each movie. Where the “Surrogates” replace human existence almost 100% in name of safety and lead to alienation and isolation in the result the Avatar concept extends the use to presence in environments where humans could not survive. In fact the final scene transforms the avatar into a creature thus signifying the avatar is only a carrier, a robot but not a being.
Both movies are excellent to watch and will keep you entertained.
The photograph of the avatar here is a head of a manekin wired to medical equipment and transformed into digital art in Photoshop using light color modifying filters.