Look (DVD Review)26 Apr, 2009 By: Erik Gruenwedel
Box Office $0.02 million
Rated ‘R’ for strong sexual content, pervasive language, some violence and brief drug use.
Stars Rhys Coiro, Hayes MacArthur, Ben Weber.
There are reportedly about 30 billion surveillance cameras in operation in the United States, generating more than 4 billion hours of footage on a weekly basis. The average American is captured on camera about 200 times a day.
Against this backdrop, the independent film Look juxtaposes five vignettes that cleverly interject actors and scenes with actual surveillance footage shot from inside a bank ATM, above street intersections, inside shopping malls and convenience stores, a news helicopter, a police dashboard, inside elevators and warehouses, and via a home security system.
Using a cast of new and little-known character actors, writer-director Adam Rifkin skillfully weaves plotlines involving a confused husband, a gas station attendant, a high-school teacher being relentlessly seduced by one of his students, a lecherous department-store manager, and an office worker (a well-cast Ben Weber) who is being tormented by his co-workers.
While singularly uneventful, Look showcases each storyline as day-to-day existences in a large urban city to achieve a compelling overarching plot that would work regardless of the Peeping Tom approach.
The DVD includes a bevy of bonus material, including commentary, a behind-the-scenes featurette that’s worth a peek, alternate and deleted scenes, Rifkin’s outtakes, and theatrical and TV trailers.
The film made news (and gained infamy) when the U.S. Post Office refused to deliver promotional postcards, declaring them obscene.