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Dr. Larry Roberts
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Jennifer Long
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Lieutenant Masters
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Moustache Man
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Dr. Jim Belfield
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Tina Cassidy
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Lisa Convey
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Senator Robert Harrison (as Michael Gainsborough)
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Candy
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Ellen (as Donna Benz)
Catherine Parks ...
Jan
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Commercial Director
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Cindy's Mother
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Plastic surgeon Larry Roberts performs a series of minor alterations on a group of models who are seeking perfection. The operations are a resounding success. But when someone starts killing his beautiful patients, Dr. Roberts becomes suspicious and starts investigating. What he uncovers are the mysterious - and perhaps murderous - activities of a high-tech computer company called Digital Matrix. Written by alfiehitchie

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Writer-director Michael Crichton once said of this film: "Television commercials are already manipulative. That's exactly what they're supposed to do. I don't consider that kind of manipulation evil, but what would happen if someone with a bit more scientific knowledge began tampering with commercials?" See more »

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When Dr. Roberts is looking for a hiding place for the key card, the clock on his bookshelf indicates that the time is 2.30. Seconds later, it has jumped forward 15 minutes, showing 2.45. We know this is before he's been hypnotized because the negative effect hasn't been used yet and the background music has been playing continuously. See more »

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John Reston: Television can control public opinion more effectively than armies of secret police, because television is entirely voluntary. The American government forces our children to attend school, but nobody forces them to watch T.V. Americans of all ages *submit* to television. Television is the American ideal. Persuasion without coercion. Nobody makes us watch. Who could have predicted that a *free* people would voluntarily spend one fifth of their lives sitting in front of a *box* with pictures? ...
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Flute Concerto, Op.10, No.2, RV439, La notte
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A hidden Gem of a movie
21 March 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Obviously forgotten today, and maybe that's a problem.

Michael Crichton dealt in practical Science Fiction. How a potential technology could really cause problems in the here and now. This movie hit on a few of them, some of which HAVE come to pass.

His premise is that computers could be used to simulate characters (already has happened) and that they could be used to influence us by using algorithms to calculate our optimum responses. (Again, probably happening now, even if we don't know about it.)

The plot is that a plastic surgeon is asked to alter four women into perfect specimens, but three of them are killed after wards (they never really explain why.) In trying to protect the last, whom he develops a personal bond with, he uncovers a plot to use computer generated images (wow, and now they are real!) to manipulate our responses.

A note on nudity. We have Susan Dey of Partridge family fame going topless in a couple of scenes. We'd NEVER see that now. If we are lucky, we might see a name actress have her head CGI'd (ironic) onto a body double. But usually, the MPAA would go completely nuts and give the film an R or NC-17 rating.

Some things are dated, such as tape-reading computers and big hair on the women- SO 1980's. But the film's concepts hold up pretty well.


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