See for me Movie review
The various stylized elements of See For Me never overwhelm the straightforward storytelling, and the action is always smooth and easy to follow.
In the opening scenes of See for me, protagonist Sophie (Skyler Davenport) takes a detailed tour of a large, isolated house she has been hired to look after while its owner is away. Sophie, who is blind, needs to understand her new surroundings well; but this filmmakers’ pick also shows the obstacles and perks that await Sophie at home, and it pays off later when she faces thieves. See for me Elegantly sets up the upcoming action, which is essential to creating a gripping and gripping home invasion thriller.
Writers Adam Yorke and Tommy Gushue and director Randall Okita make Sophie a fully realized and flawed character. She is a former ski champion blinded in an accident, and she still carries anger and resentment at her misfortune. The film opens with her listening to a ski championship broadcast, which she likely would have attended had it not been for her accident. She lives with her worried mother and earns money by taking babysitting gigs – which she increases by stealing items from the homes she stays in and later selling them online. As she thinks, no one ever suspects the helpless blind woman.
Sophie is likable and endearing, but it’s refreshing that the film doesn’t portray her as a flawless martyr. She is impatient and angry, whether it is with the friend she calls on video to describe the layout of the house or with the operators of the See For Me application, which helps the visually impaired. Sophie first uses See For Me when she locks herself out of the house, and that’s when she hooks up with pragmatic operator Kelly (Jessica Parker Kennedy), a military veteran and a video game player whose skills come in handy when Sophie has to fend off dangers. intruders.
The filmmakers of See for me tap into recent films like Don’t breathe and that of Mike Flanagan Silence, as well as the classic from 1967 Wait for the night, starring Audrey Hepburn as a blind woman grappling with sneaky criminals breaking into her apartment. All of these films feature disabled characters who gain an advantage over their seemingly able-bodied opponents. See for me adds Kelly’s layer as Sophie’s guide, pointing out the location of the three intruders and helping Sophie find the best ways to defend herself.
Kelly uses the app to place the screen image of Sophie’s phone screen on a large monitor in her gaming setup, and some moments in the second half of the movie feel like a shooting video game. The first person. However, the various stylized elements never overwhelm the simple storytelling, and the action is always smooth and easy to follow, even when the lights go out and Sophie is the only one who can confidently navigate the house. Okita has a strong visual sense, and the gorgeous, expansive location is perfect for close quarters battles and thrilling chases.
A slight twist halfway through See for me complicates the story a bit, and there are times when the characters’ actions seem slightly illogical. Even allowing for Kelly’s help, Sophie sometimes gets too close to Daredevil’s territory – demonstrating greater precision and expertise in battling enemies than it seems possible. Most of the time, however, she’s a believable blend of fear and resilience, and like Hepburn’s character in Wait for the night, she undergoes an inner transformation from self-pity to self-assurance during her ordeal.
Davenport, who is legally blind, is featured as an “introducer” in the opening credits, but they’ve been working as voice actors – mostly in video games and cartoons – for almost a decade. Their on-screen presence is charismatic and imposing, whether as an elite athlete or as a frightened target. Kennedy matches Davenport’s presence, though the two never interact in person, and their dynamic deepens over the course of the film. Veteran actor Kim Coates is rightly menacing as the leader of the invaders, delivering most of his performances as a voice over the phone before making a memorable on-screen entry.
Ultimately, See for me unfolds in a familiar pattern recognizable from decades of home invasion thrillers, and it’s never as gruesome or as intense as it could get. But the distinctive characters and innovative storytelling elements add enough to refresh it. It’s a modern, progressive version of a reliable subgenre.
See For Me opens Friday, January 7 in select theaters and on VOD.
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