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Look the TV Series
Reviewed by
James Wright
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Look the TV Series DVD Review Based on the 2007 movie Look, the TV series goes beyond the original premise as it gives a glimpse into the lives of "normal" Americans as they live their lives, believing that only themselves can see what their doing.
Rating:
4.0

Feature 8.0
Video 7.0
Audio 7.0
Total 8.0
Distributor: Universal
Running Time:
Reviewer: James Wright
Classification
: R18+

8.0


Look Series 1

Based on the 2007 movie Look, the TV series goes beyond the original premise as it gives a glimpse into the lives of "normal" Americans as they live their lives, believing that only themselves can see what their doing. With over 40 million surveillance cameras being used in America, it's actually quite frightening that so much of our lives are actually filmed with the average American being captured hundreds of times per day. This is the idea behind creator Adam Riftkin's TV series and at times is a disturbing insight into the psyche of humanity with this voyeuristic series.

Riftkin plays on this fear as many of the characters in this series are actually quite nasty people, especially when they don't believe that anyone is watching them. It's this Big Brother ideal that makes Look such a powerful series. With that said, the series contains all the episodes from series one as we are slowly indoctrinated to these sometimes quite evil people yet normal people. However apart from surveillance footage, Riftkin also cashes in on other technological devices such as webcams and mobile phones... not to mention cybersex.

There's also a clever play on SMSing such as one scene involving a class of students as thought bubbles says some insulting things about their overweight teacher like "let's harpoon her" as they text each other back and forward. Hannah is one of the main characters in the series who is a high school girl played perfectly by Sharon Hinnendael for her bitchiness and doesn't have a nice thing to say about anyone. She is quite the self centred character and karma gets her back when a group of security guards watch her undress via surveillance in the women's changing room. Of course karma also pays the security guards a visit when they watch two women undress, only to discover they are men.

Another disturbing character is Ron (Trevor Torseth) who plays a homeless army veteran. This character has hit rock bottom as we watch his anger and his loneliness unfold, all captured by surveillance footage. It's also quite sad to watch him push his trolley around with all his worldly positions as he attempts to find a safe place to sleep every night. One of the more colourful characters is Dan the Weatherman who is Hannah's father and is rather unaware of his daughters double life and even though he appears quite comedic as a weatherman, he is actually quite down to Earth as opposed to his TV personality.

The series also stars Claudia Christian (Babylon 5) as Stella, the neglected wife of Lenny (Marcus Giamatti) who is cheating on her husband and there are some strange surreal moments with this character. From getting waxed in a salon and caught on security surveillance taking drugs with her lover and engaging in sex with him, it's quite voyeuristic, fascination and disturbing.

Even with so many characters in Look, there are a collection of main characters who keep the themes and stories going which are sometimes quite emotional, upsetting and sometimes amusing. Riftkin should be commended on this idea which he successfully achieves in this TV series as people are unwittingly caught by technology.

Recommended!

To find out more on Look the TV Series, check out our exclusive interview with creator Adam Riftkin here!






 
 



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