I See You (2019) reviews and overview

 
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‘Evil hides in plain sight’

I See You is a 2019 American mystery horror feature film about strange occurrences in a small town after the disappearance of a young boy.

Directed by Adam Randall (iBoy) from a screenplay written by Devon Graye, the movie stars Helen Hunt (Pulse Pounders; Trancers franchise), Jon Tenney, Judah Lewis, Owen Teague, Libe Barer, Greg Alan Williams, Erika Alexander and Allison King.

Plot:

In a seemingly perfect town filled with seemingly perfect families, twelve-year-old Justin Whitter has gone missing. Greg Harper, the lead investigator on the case, struggles to balance the pressures of the investigation which has brought to attention a similar case thought to be buried in the past, while finding a way to forgive his well-heeled wife, Jackie, for an act of recent infidelity.

A great strain is put on the family as Jackie’s guilt slowly gnaws away at her grip on reality, and when a malicious presence manifests itself and puts their young son, Connor, in mortal danger, the cold, hard truth about evil in the Harper household is finally uncovered…

Reviews [click links to read more]:

“It’s a film that hinges heavily on third-act execution, as what you’re fed turns out to be nothing but misleading optics and tasty lies. Maybe not the most unexpected by the time police tape is cleaned away, but Adam Randall’s wrangling of multiple subplot offshoots ensures a beguilingly nasty journey.” Flickering Myth

“Devon Graye’s screenplay is clever, but it never engages on an emotional level. Basically, it just provides further evidence of how generally distasteful and parasitic Millennials can be…” J.B. Spins

“It’s a frat-house cocktail of a film, splendid individual pieces whose flavors clash when mixed but not in an entirely unsatisfying way and ultimately you get the buzz you came for so, cheers! Twists are played fast and close to the chest and are, on the whole, fairly solid.” Killer Horror Critic

“Dialogue doesn’t help give it any nuance, nor do the performances, which are stuck in one-dimensional portrayals of anger or shame. Hunt’s talents are ultimately not applied to this movie’s elements of horror, but instead its undeveloped aggressions on how infidelity could destroy a home.” RogerEbert.com

I See You’s primary stumbling point in its lacklustre effort to build compelling ambiguity, along with its unclear sense of what kind of film it’s trying to be, and the lack of understanding of what makes strange mysteries truly compelling.” Starburst

Release:

Having been shown at various festivals, Saban Films released I See You on December 6th 2019.

Cast and characters:

  • Helen Hunt … Jackie Harper
  • Jon Tenney … Greg Harper
  • Judah Lewis … Connor Harper
  • Owen Teague … Alec
  • Libe Barer … Mindy
  • Gregory Alan Williams … Spitzky
  • Allison Gabriel King … Officer Grace Caleb (as Allison King)
  • Erika Alexander … Lieutenant Moriah Davis
  • Jennifer Grace … Lydia
  • Adam Kern … Window Repairman
  • Riley Caya … Justin Whitter
  • Sam Trammell … Todd
  • Nicole Forester … Mrs Whitter
  • John Newberg … Mr Braun
  • Teri Clark … Mrs Braun

Filming locations:

Auburn, Chagrin Falls, Lakewood, Linwood Park, Solon and Vermillion, Ohio

Technical details:

96 minutes

Notes:

Not to be confused with the other 2019 movie called I See You, directed by Andrew Schuth, or 14 Cameras (2018) which has also been released as I See You

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