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I feel like this is the only movie remnant from my childhood that I haven't been able to pin down. I have only vague memories from the movie, but what I recall is that it centers around a new technology that takes the form of a special gun that makes people freeze in place for several minutes, though if you're wearing mirror sunglasses then it won't work on you. There's a "good guy" and "bad guy" in the movie, the latter of whom is a burly guy with a mustache.

The only other thing I'm remembering about the movie is a scene where the good guy turns on a sink to wash his hands or something when the burly guy comes in, catching him off-guard and shooting him with the gun. The good guy then looks down and realizes that the sink is overflowing because it's been running while he was stunned.

Any ideas?

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This is Looker (1981), written and directed by Michael Crichton.

Looker’s most science-fiction invention is the L.O.O.K.E.R. device (short for Light Ocular-Oriented Kinetic Emotive Responses), a “light gun” that stuns and paralyzes the target using light.

Anyone exposed to this weapon experiences a sort of “missing time” as they stand paralyzed, allowing the weapon’s user to move around, invisible and undetected, for short periods.   [Source]


Overflowing sink:

  Sink

  Sink

Mirror sunglasses:

  Glasses

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P.S.: I made those screenshots from my copy. –  Oliver_C Feb 28 '13 at 15:38
    
thanks! I had completely forgotten that I posted this and a found it through yet another Google search. :) That is indeed the movie. With a 29% RT rating, it seems unlikely to be an amazing flick, but I might hunt down a copy anyway and give it a shot. Mystery solved! –  Whit Mar 27 at 21:25
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