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  • Summary: The post-9/11 world has forever changed the notion of privacy. There are now approximately 30 million surveillance cameras in the United States generating more than 4 billion hours of footage every week. And the numbers are growing. The average American is now captured over 200 times a day,The post-9/11 world has forever changed the notion of privacy. There are now approximately 30 million surveillance cameras in the United States generating more than 4 billion hours of footage every week. And the numbers are growing. The average American is now captured over 200 times a day, in department stores, gas stations, changing rooms, even public bathrooms. No one is spared from the relentless, unblinking eye of the cameras that are hidden in every nook and cranny of day-to-day life. Shot entirely from the point of view of the security cameras, Adam Rifkin's Look follows several interweaving storylines over the course of a random week in a random city. Look is a film about the things that people do when they don't know they're being watched. Based on the premise that everyone has secrets, the film takes us on a voyeuristic journey into the most personal parts of ordinary people's lives. Everyone is guilty of selective deception. We all hide aspects of our lives from those around us. It might be as benign as picking your nose in an empty elevator, or perhaps something much darker. Look poses the question: Are we always alone when we think we are? A high-school English teacher tries his best to be a decent husband, a department-store floor manager uses the warehouse for more than just storage, a mini-mart clerk has big dreams, a lawyer struggles with a sexual dilemma, and sociopathic brothers ruin the days of random strangers they come in contact with. Look tells, to chilling effect, five private stories that unfold before the prying eye of the covert camera. Look around you and wonder... Who is watching? (Captured Films) Expand

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  1. Positive: 3 out of 9
  2. Negative: 1 out of 9
  1. The upside and downside of surveillance cameras are explored in ways both funny and sad in writer-director Adam Rifkin's imaginative, ultimately disturbing ode to high-tech voyeurism.
  2. The performances feel natural, improvised, and it’s easy to believe this is the world we inhabit. But if Rifkin’s message is pro-privacy, his script, laced throughout with menace, argues against it.
  3. Surprisingly compelling, if not up to dealing with the larger political issues it raises.
  4. With its emphasis on its interweaving stories, the movie offers no commentary on the phenomenon of increasingly pried-apart privacy, positive or negative. Not that Look needs to be political, or even particularly deep, but that nonexamination, coupled with lack of real insight into the characters, leaves one sensing an opportunity missed.
  5. 50
    Look isn't processing, critiquing, or even warning; in the end, it's just recording.
  6. An unsettling, rudely funny but not entirely credible feature.
  7. 38
    There are some funny moments, plus occasional nudity and sex, but the joke quickly wears off. What might have worked as a half-hour TV show doesn't suit itself to a feature-length film.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 4
  2. Negative: 1 out of 4
  1. Mar 24, 2012
    8
    One cannot watch Adam Rifkinâ
  2. JayH
    Apr 26, 2009
    5
    Interesting premise, but the plot has one big major flaw..since when do security camera's have sound?! It does tend to fascinate none Interesting premise, but the plot has one big major flaw..since when do security camera's have sound?! It does tend to fascinate none the less, but also wears thin after awhile. Expand
  3. Oct 10, 2014
    4
    Sells itself as a 'security camera' film, giving the impression that these are actual events not acted scenes, however 1 minute into the filmSells itself as a 'security camera' film, giving the impression that these are actual events not acted scenes, however 1 minute into the film you are painfully aware that this is scripted, both due to the unrealistic dialogue and the acting itself.
    An actual film constructed with actual security camera footage - would've been interesting.
    But the gimmick does little to sell the film.
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  4. Oct 11, 2010
    0
    This movie exonorates people causing other people great anguish and misery, and uses this as entertainment. It is not original, artistic, orThis movie exonorates people causing other people great anguish and misery, and uses this as entertainment. It is not original, artistic, or witty. I think it should be illegal for anyone to make films depicting criminal acts against children, whether it's obvious or implied. This movie doesn't give you the element of fiction or fantasy like a good horror movie. People that are mentally ill might see these kind of movies and do the same things themselves. I believe in people dying of natural causes, having families that stay together , maybe even going through life without crime involved. People don't have to be religious to be good, and there's more good people in this world than bad. I never felt so strongly this way until I had kids of my own. I think a good human being should only produce things they would be proud to show their own young kids. Sure there can be adult horror movies, or artistically made tasteful movies that are for adults only, but if they are horror - there is an element of fiction. Maybe this movie sends a moral message of what not to do in life, but its crude. Human suffering should not be portrayed as comical entertainment or irony ! Expand

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