Picks and Pans Review: Looker

updated 12/07/1981 AT 01:00 AM EST

originally published 12/07/1981 AT 01:00 AM EST

What this film reminds you of is the vapid kind of girl to whom the title alludes—a beautiful package with nothing between the ears. The premise is promising: Writer-director Michael (The Andromeda Strain) Crichton envisions a time in the not-so-distant future when our actions could be regulated by hypnotic suggestions from TV screens. A slow-witted plastic surgeon (Albert Finney), whose patients keep dying, stumbles on a dastardly plot involving manipulation of the masses by computer-created images. He befriends lovely Susan Dey in a battle against megalomaniac James Coburn. The performances are uniformly wooden. Crichton has some passing fun with TV commercials, but the screenplay is futuristic folderol...folderol...folderol. You are falling deeply asleep. You will do as we say. You will not waste your money on this movie. (PG)

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