Looker 1981 ***


Writer/director Michael Crichton’s 1981 sci-fi thriller Looker didn’t make much of a connection with audiences, but has a cult reputation which has gained considerably over the years. Albert Finney plays a LA plastic surgeon whose clients are being murdered, with the evidence making police suspicious of him. But could James Coburn’s mysterious Digital Matrix company hold the key to the killings? Crichton always has a big idea at the centre of his thrillers, and Looker has a fascinating position about how a combination of beautiful women, computer generated simulations and commercial television could be hypnotizing the population into submission. The arc of Looker’s plot doesn’t quite match the ambitious idea, but the hi-tech ideas and steely look of the film lend it an undeniably prescient feel.


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