One passingly haunting moment has Susan Dey's besieged character visiting her parents for a respite from the mayhem, finding them stuck in their armchairs staring at some dumb comedy, barely capable of acknowledging her presence, hinting at a creeping malaise much greater than the movie acknowledges elsewhere. Strictly as a time-filler, not bad. It even has some sharp dialogue. It shows impeccable skill and masterful direction that lesser talents have shown in bigger hits than this. Today's audiences are a bit spoiled and jaded. They uncover a plot to use the digitally created images of the models.
Overall though it's still a solid and enjoyable flick. Roberts becomes suspicious and starts investigating. It stands as a classic underrated film and a fond memory of my childhood. These are one of a kind and made especially for you on real photographic paper not thin poster paper! Roberts quickly discovers that all clues lead to Digital Matrix, the ominous corporate entity that has contracted many of his clients. Friedman's review says it all.
Albert Finney has had a few of his recent patients return for more alterations taken from a list, down to the millimeter. It was everything I had hoped it would be at least for a 16 year old boy in the 80's. Finney continued to take on diverse and challenging roles in the late 1980s and during the 1990s, primarily in small, independent productions. That being said Finney did seem to fit the role of Larry Roberts and was fairly entertaining to watch. The film is often uproariously funny, but in this case a lot of the humor seems to be intentional. Susan Day gave a weak acting performance but am able to look past that, not sure why someone picked her.
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I just watched this again and it occurred to me that it still works in 2007. Our team of dedicated photographic professionals make sure that each print you order will be presented in the most stunning, crisp, vibrant style possible on the very best top grade quality real photographic paper. Roberts becomes curious when he realizes that several of his recent patients have had the same type of list. Surprisingly, despite all its flaws Looker' is still somewhat compelling. It's a double edged sword, but it's both subtle and very effective. It's atmospheric and great to look at.
This is one 80's sci-fi film I really enjoyed. The humorous overtones of that particular scene undoubtedly shine through. The performances are another key. Looker is a major disappointment. Wells as far as his prophetic writing is concerned! Buy it if you like off-beat, quasi-mainstream movies. Reston Industries is also preparing the L.
We might see commercials differently next time we're confronted to a spate of this mind-destroying drivel. Writer-director Michael Crichton keeps his premise absorbing and exciting for about a third of its length, though he later resorts to assembly-line action, ending the picture on a whimper. Yes, the special effects are cheesy now, but were great way back in the 80's when this movie came out. Roberts must now investigate as well as protect Cindy as their relationship grows. His kinship with Tom Selleck in real life is more than obvious here and his look dates the movie more than anything else.
There is the look into the plastic surgery and the need to look perfect that's where the title comes in. Again, probably happening now, even if we don't know about it. Another great addition to the Warner Archive library. When I saw this movie back in the early 80s I really liked it and remembered it 27 years later. This is one time when a film could have been better if it were allowed to be a little bit longer. When these beautiful women start turning up dead after their operations, Finney finds he must get to the bottom of what's happening or be implicated as the prime suspect in their murders.
Made at a time when excess and tastelessness were about to explode as never before, it wallows in idiocy and illogic, but is rarely dull. Now, before we get into the various whats and wheres of how you can watch 'Looker' right now, here are some finer points about the science fiction flick. Among the films that earned him more accolades were the Coen brothers' gangster epic Miller's Crossing 1990 -- for which Finney replaced actor Trey Wilson after his untimely death -- as well as A Man of No Importance 1994 , The Browning Version 1995 , and Simpatico 1999. And it is not so far-fetched to imagine that sophisticated, clever subliminal manipulation through computerized televised images might be used in the future for political purposes. The technology is kind of interesting, dated though it is, but a little confusing too. Larry Roberts Albert Finney is a plastic surgeon to the stars, but when some of his supermodel clients start turning up dead under mysterious circumstances, Roberts decides to investigate, since murder is bad for business.
This movie came about at an odd time in my life. I liked the film on the whole, but it does drag on in places. On one occasion, he stepped into Olivier's shoes to play the lead role in Coriolanus, a play about the downfall of a proud Roman soldier, and won recognition that led to film roles. Then, as the film enters its second half, the mystery begins to unravel and we are left to contend with a very weak solution. And if the process works so well at convincing television viewers to buy, why not use it to manipulate a national election and allow a corporate-friendly Senator to be elected President? As much as I hate to say it, this movie could be remade today and be extremely relevant. Running 8 minutes long this is a great scene as it basically explains the movie! I couldn't remember the name of th movie or who played in it, but I couldn't get the scene of Albert Finney on the commercial set near the end of the movie out of my mind. But the film's concepts hold up pretty well.