Film (1981). Ladd Co./Warner Bros. Dir Michael CRICHTON, starring Albert Finney, James Coburn, Susan Dey, Leigh Taylor-Young. Screenplay Crichton. 94 mins cut to 90 mins. Colour.
   L was intended by Crichton as a comedy, but the studio wanted a suspense thriller, and the result falls confusingly between the two. Three models, after having undergone surgery to make them even more beautiful, are murdered, and the plastic surgeon (Finney) wonders why. Villainous company Digital Matrix, whose employees have guns which create time-lapses in the victims, plans to use computer-generated human images (the murder of their human originals is never explained) in a tv advertising campaign designed to exploit the LOOKER (Light Ocular-Oriented Kinetic Emotive Responses) system for mind-control byhypnosis. L seems to be badly cut, since it is full of loose ends and non sequiturs. The sequences of computer imaging are striking, the SATIRE against the advertising business heavy-handed.

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