Movie Review – Looker

1981 Warner Bros

Looker is a really fun techno thriller that has some goofy concepts tied up in an absurd plot filled with more holes than a speed limit sign in backwoods Vermont. I must have watched this a dozen times on HBO in my teens. This might have had something to do with the boobies but I’m not sure.
Looker stars Albert Finney as a world renowned plastic surgeon who suddenly has requests from a number of gorgeous women to fix what most people would not even consider minor flaws with their face and bodies. After the surgeries the women start dropping dead in strange “accidents” or suicides. Of course being a plastic surgeon Finney starts investigating these deaths and gets caught up in the previously mentioned absurd plot concerning mind control, guns that cause paralysis, computer generated actors, and more.
As you can tell from the Guilty Pleasure Alert I find this movie a lot of fun but not necessarily a great movie. Looker is filled with a lot of cool ideas that don’t necessarily make a lot of sense if you look too deeply. It’s silly as hell but I can’t help but like it.
The good:
Boobies! Can’t go wrong with a semi-naked Terri Welles, Playboy Playmate of the month in December of 1980.

No she’s not naked in this picture. Get over it…or just Google her.

Albert Finney! I just like the guy as an actor. He appears to be having great fun and it’s contagious.

Albert Finney gets his ass kicked.
It’s hard fighting a seemingly invisible opponent!

The L.O.O.K.E.R gun! A gun that emits a pulse of light that causes the target to be paralyzed and unaware of his or her surroundings for a minute or two. This little piece of technology is the key ingredient of a few very entertaining scenes.

The Looker Gun. Comes with case and extra rounds!

Early CGI! Well sort of, the movie proposes that in the future flesh and blood actors will be replaced with CG actors who are com-posited into real sets. It’s kind of the reverse of what happened but it’s funny to see.

Scan your actor/model of choice then dispose of them.
It’s that easy!

The cast! Besides Finney there’s James Coburn and Leigh Taylor-Young as the corporate villains and Tim Rossovich, who appeared all over the place in the 80’s playing bad guys, plays their evil henchman credited as Mustache Man. The incredibly cute Susan Dey plays the damsel in distress.

The Mustache Man sporting his Anti-Looker shades.

The music! A very cool electronic soundtrack by Barry DeVorzon gives this a great retro eighties feel. The music always gets stuck in my head for days after I watch this.

The not so good:

It’s a guilty pleasure so it’s obviously perfect!
Random thoughts and observations:
Looker is by no means a great movie but it is great entertainment for those who like a bit of 80’s fun and some Michael Crichton techno nonsense. Watch and enjoy.
My favorite scene:
The whole end scene is just so absurd and I love it. This mornings breakfast looks terrible though.

The whole end scene is just so absurd I love it. This mornings breakfast looks terrible though!

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