posted on Dec, 24 2012 @ 02:24 PM
Originally posted by abeverage
I have not heard of Looker but I love Albert Finney! I might check it out. Probably great post 70's early 80's paranoia?
Well, IMHO Crichton had a handful of themes he couldn't pull off as novels or a movie, so he put two or three of them together, which is a shame
because it made the movie a bit directionless.
That said, basically, he's predicting WAY before CGI, that we'd have CGI animated entertainment so realistic that you could NOT distinguish it from
actors. (theme 1 - not bad for the time!) Also there would be mind control weaponry/indoctrination based on the flicker vertigo effect (theme 2, also
pretty sharp), and that the two could be combined to produce television based indoctrination (the combo - not so smooth).
It starts off as commercials you can't resist but the company immediately decides you can put brainwashed politicians of your choosing in the
Congress and be the world's most successful company. So they start doing campaign ads with Looker, hyping Looker programmed pols. Looker is the
flicker based technology. You can embed it into TV or movies, there's also a handheld Looker weapon that puts people into a suggestible state sort of
like an absence seizure.
I always thought the "flashy thing" was a ripoff of Looker.
Anyway, when you said the TV had a subliminal thing and it was a blinky light, Looker was what I thought of.