Look @ Me

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Look @ Me Review


Todd Wade's The Appointment was an interesting low-budget noir. A decade later he turns to the ever-perilous internet for the inspiration for Look @ Me, a fair but repetitive straight-up thriller.

Tina (Elina Madison) is one of those girls that makes her living making videos and photos of herself and posting them on her website. She's never nude, only vaguely provocative, the idea being (I guess) that if her members hang on long enough she'll eventually let a nipple slip out or start humping the appliances.

Robert (Jeff Doba) is one of her fans, a clinically insane guy who -- after quite a bit of nothing happening -- kidnaps Tina and imprisons her in his house, complete with a torture chamber that blares an ear-splitting noise at his captive. The bulk of the film concerns Tina's attempts to escape and the cops' wild inability to figure out where she is, despite some pretty blatant clues.

The film's major problems are two: First, there's not a lot of development of either character -- or the story -- along the way. Tina is a kind of vapid wannabe model, and Robert is a garden-variety nut. But worse is Tina's inability to escape her suburban prison, and even when she does escape, she collapses and passes out a few hundred feet from safety. Robert -- though he possesses an inhuman ability survive endless stabbings -- is just too stupid of a villain to take seriously. Their interactions are even more repetitive: Robert forces Tina to wear a skimpy outfit, she cries but eventually capitulates, she finally stabs him and runs away, he gets her back. (Cut to a scene of clueless cops.) This cycle occurs at least four times in the film, to the point where we wait impatiently for the end to arrive.

The other problem is, unfortunately, Madison. She might have been cut out for a role like this when she was 18, but she's frankly way too old for the part. It's way too big of a stretch to buy her as an online obsession that's in demand for legitimate modeling jobs. Fortunately, she's actually a decent actress and carries more of the film on her shoulders than she ought to have to.

A couple of decent touches make Look @ Me a reasonable flick, but a dearth of twists and two leads that don't quite cut it make the film mostly an also-ran.

Aka Look at Me.



Look @ Me

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Run time: 92 mins

In Theaters: Tuesday 12th September 2006

Reviews

Contactmusic.com: 2.5 / 5

IMDB: 3.3 / 10

Cast & Crew

Director:

Producer: Linda Palmer

Starring: Elina Madison as Tina, Jeff Doba as Robert, Bryan Kent as Etkins, Mike Kimmel as Paul

Also starring:

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