IMDb Rating: 6.8/10
R | 1h 38min | Crime, Drama, Horror | 6 December 2019 (USA)
Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 74% – Tomatometer 71% – Audience Score
Director: Adam Randall
Writer: Devon Graye
Stars: Helen Hunt, Jon Tenney, Judah Lewis
Movie Tagline: “Evil Hides In Plain Sight”
IMDb Synopsis: Strange occurrences plague a small-town detective and his family as he investigates the disappearance of a young boy.
A seemingly average suburban family is turned upside down by the recent events surrounding a missing teenager. Helen Hunt plays Jackie, wife of the local detective Greg played by Jon Tenney. Their strained relationship causes inevitable fallout for their son played by Judah Lewis.
And just when the film seems like it will be a complete waste of valuable viewing time, it suddenly slaps you in the face with a wet towel! Strange “events” begin to plague the family, and you’re hooked in for the rest of the film.
Things take a turn for the better when Alec and Mindy take centre stage. Introducing two complete strangers into the somewhat dreary first act is a stroke of genius. Not only does the pacing pick up, but a lot is going on, which at first might seem a little overwhelming, but it does, eventually, fit together as the movie progresses.
Alec and Mindy are drawn into something of a slow-burning maelstrom of drama that you just don’t see coming. Mindy is desperate in her appeals to Alec to keep things under control while Alec doesn’t listen. He’s struggling to hide a dark secret that he just can’t contain. Once the truth emerges, a train wreck unfolds, and Alec’s game turns into a hellish nightmare.
Too many moving parts at the beginning of the film make it difficult to engage with the characters. On the surface, it feels like something of a supernatural suspense-filled film with atmospheric music and not much else. The uneasy feeling that something supernatural is going on doesn’t have a direct connection to what happens in the second and third acts. While we could consider this good writing, it’s misleading.
In the first act, we’re introduced to what seems like a normal, suburban family experiencing “family problems” we’re all too familiar with. Nothing seems to pack a punch until about 30 minutes in when we are introduced to Alec and Mindy.
I See You might be a mess of a film, to begin with, but slowly, everything comes together to reveal a decent and mildly entertaining thriller. It’s a fun ride!
If the first 30 minutes of the film doesn’t put you off, stick it out. You won’t be disappointed.
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