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Looker [Import]

Albert Finney , James Coburn , Michael Crichton    PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)   DVD
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
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Format:VHS Tape
"Looker" offers an intelligent analysis of crass corporate marketing and the potential misuse of digital animation. It will interest viewers to see how this movie's technologies, envisioned back at the dawn of the IBM PC, have become near-reality.
Susan Dey offers a standout performance in a movie that's unfortunately burdened with stock characters and mediocre dialogue. In her role as a TV ad model chased by a murderous conglomerate, she projects some of the charm and sensitivity that won her fans in L.A. Law a few years later. Given that many of the models in this movie are reduced to disposable bimbos, Dey brings a good deal more intelligence than (probably) her role originally required.
Leigh Taylor-Young also brings a commanding and intelligent presence to her role as a villain alongside James Coburn.
This movie has strong redeeming moments: An auto chase and a variety of burglaries are done in highly innovative fashion, Coburn is excellent as a Dr. Jekyll/Mr. Hyde CEO, Finney is low key in his male-hero come-to-the-rescue role, and the technologies (sans hypnosis) all too real. Unfortunately, some viewers may be offended at the movie's superficial and violently misogynistic portrayal of female actors.
Make no mistake, the dialogue in this movie is a bit schmaltzy, the TV ads are laughably bad, and a key question is unresolved: While it's clear that sexy models are being digitized and animated to achieve perfect on-screen performance in typically expensive TV commercials, we never learn why Coburn and Taylor-Young are murdering the models.
Nevertheless, the movie smartly analyzes the values underlying television ad production and the potential for forgery of what we see and hear on TV shows of any kind.
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4.0 out of 5 stars "Looker" worth another look... May 9 1999
By A Customer
Format:VHS Tape
Nearing its 20th birthday, "Looker" still holds up today as a solid techno-thriller. Expertly tucking a government/industrial conspiracy beneath a blanket of computer-phobic tension, the film manages to predate the success of the "X-Files" before cyberspace became a household word. Finney and Coburn are subtly superb in their roles, while Crichton (unintentionally) satirizes a media-saturated culture ripe for the string-pulling. Barry De Vorzon's score is hauntingly impressive (and sadly, unavailable in soundtrack form) as is the cheesy 80's title track performed by Sue Saad (later covered by Kim Carnes on her "Voyeur" album). Previous reviews of "Looker" have slammed the script for its lack of explanation... however, a 15-minute scene depicting a rather detailed "summing up" of the plot was deleted from the theatrical/home video cut, but did make the film's network TV airings. With or without the scene, the film is an often-overlooked gem I would strongly recommend to anyone in the mood for a slick, sci-fi thriller.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A Nice Discovery! Sept. 14 1999
Format:VHS Tape
I recently saw this movie for the first time, and I'll have to say that it was better than I expected! Although I think there are some plot holes and a little lack of explanation, the movie is still very entertaining, thought-provoking, and it holds up pretty well against today's movies of the same type. Great directing by Chrichton and good acting by Albert Finney. I especially liked how Finney's character tried to act intelligent and rational in every tense situation he got into, unlike a lot of heroes in modern films. I also really liked the concept of the weapon that they used which caused people to blank out without knowing it! Some really cool scenes using that, plus, an very entertaining (and slightly humorous) ending sequence! Chrichton scores again! For anyone who hasn't seen this movie yet, pay no attention to Leanard Maltin's review, I disagree with it completely! Just because this movie is old, don't pass it up.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Plays very well on the little screen. April 15 1999
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Like the other reviewers, I must take exception to Leonard Maltin's review. Normally, I agree with Maltin more than any other movie critic (I agree with him almost 51 percent of the time;-). In Maltin's defense, this movie probably plays a lot better on the little screen than in a movie theater. It is a stylish little film that deals with subliminal information imposed on the population via, what else?... the television. With the "X-Files" being so popular, this film should fit into todays market very nicely. It has the standard, evil corporate subterfuge that we love to hate so much. Certainly, it's worth a 'look'. Between 1 and 10, "Looker" gets a strong 6.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting Idea, Dec 26 2000
By Jaybee
Format:VHS Tape
I saw the movie for the first time 8 or 9 years ago, it caught my eye as I am a huge Crichton fan, and I was born in the same town as Albert Finney. sure, it is low budget hokum, but in all honesty it did raise the idea of digital image manipulation and subliminal advertising long before the "RATS" episode in the past election. I thought that given the constraints of the budget and of Crichtons very limited directing talent (as anyone who has ever played spot the boom mike in Coma will attest)The movie was really not that awful, and the power pop theme music is worth a couple of stars alone.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Love this movie! April 27 2002
By MizMode
Format:VHS Tape
Yes, it's a little cheesy and so 80s. lol! But I really like it for some reason. I've always liked it since it came out years ago, especially the chemistry between Albert Finney and Susan Dey and the way a particular gun is used in the film. And I also like the theme song. I have this movie taped, but I might have to buy me one, because it's packed away somewhere. lol!
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4.0 out of 5 stars why they were doing it - response to ophomike
this is in response to ophomike's great featured review, wherein he felt there was an unanswered question. Read more
Published on June 22 2004 by Thomas Terranova
2.0 out of 5 stars Everyone will hate me for this, but...
I'm sorry, but I just didn't like Looker, and it wasn't [JUST] because of the cheesy mustache. It's a neat technological idea, and an insightful social warning of what is, has... Read more
Published on May 21 2004 by Laszlo
5.0 out of 5 stars Unique
This is a rather unique film, though the commercials in the movie are rather cheesy, but funny which adds to the essence of the film. Read more
Published on May 4 2004
5.0 out of 5 stars Models & Media
I used to watch this film on cable ALL THE TIME growing up in the 80's. What I've found over the years is how close we are coming to the realities presented in this film. Read more
Published on March 14 2003
4.0 out of 5 stars Should be popular with Crichton/Cook/SciFi fans
I enjoyed this movie when I first saw it about ten years ago and I came here today looking for it.
Perhaps Maltin did not understand it, but I think fans of the work of... Read more
Published on July 27 2000 by Craig Stalwart
4.0 out of 5 stars Childhood Memories Last Forever
I was six when this film was released. I remember vividly, watching and being fascinated by this film. Read more
Published on June 24 1999
4.0 out of 5 stars Yumm.. I wish SOMEONE would make this over for the 90's
Quirky, fun, beautiful yet icky... I love this movie! Bang Bang...your dead...I DIDN'T DO IT !
Published on April 8 1999
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