LOOK (SEASON 1)
Reviewed by: Andre Manseau
What's it about
This show is based on the idea that people are being watched all the time by various surveillance cameras. Become the ultimate voyeur as you peek in on the lives of people showing you all they have to offer, in the most truthful way possible..they don't know they're being watched.
Is it good movie?
This show features an ubdoubtedly cool idea that is actually based on
something Adam Rifkin had come up with a few years ago and turned into
a film. This is a show about brutal honesty, because you truly are who
you are when no one's watching- except for a surveillance camera you
might not be aware of.
Obviously, this is a character driven show. You get Willie, the big
dreaming Kwik-E-Mart clerk, cheating husbands and wives, evil temptress
students, and people who just seem like regular folks, trying to
survive their everyday lives. There's a lot going on here, and our
hidden cameras don't discriminate- there's no holding back.
Of course, this isn't real, people. We've got a game cast of actors
including Giuseppe Andrews (I love the guy, I can't lie), the
gorgeous Claudia Christian, Marcus Giamattie (yes, same family), Robert
Curtis Brown (dude has do so some heavy lifting, and is capable), and
even a few porn stars in there too!
This is a show with a bit of a spliced narrative, but doesn't present
itself with completely standalone episodes. Instead, characters tend to
cross each other's paths throughout the show, which can be interesting
as we learn more about them. Everything gets bared with the truth for
viewers to see, and you feel like the jury when you're watching an
inappropriate boss grabbing his female employees. You just can't help
but get emotionally invested in this stuff.
Look is an undoubtedly ambitious show, from a technical perspective and
I'll say that the whole 'reality' angle didn't always work for me. The
fact that there were so many cameras around to catch so much of the
action contained in this show stretched my suspension of disbelief a
With that said, this is a show that is undoubtedly really compelling,
and can run the gamut of emotion. You'll giggle when you see teenage
girls attempting to shoplift, you'll gasp when a student vixen goes to
extremes to get what she wants, you'll have a hard time looking away as
a pedophile comes into play, stalking his prey. Hell, you'll even enjoy
a raucous fart sequence- Look has it all!
The fact of the matter is this- Look is an interesting guilty pleasure.
In some ways, it's reality TV without the reality, which in some ways
makes it feel more appropriate. One thing's for sure, you likely won't
be able to look away.
Video / Audio
Video comes in 1.78:1 widescreen
and lookds pretty sharp but to be fair, the video quality varies
depending on the source material.
Audio specs aren't listed, but the disc sounds fine.
Not one thing on this two disc set.
I recommend look. It has a surreal and forbidden feel to it, and can be
so sensational at times that it's impossible not to watch. It's
anchored by a good cast and a thought provoking premise, so that alone
makes it worth your time.