SEE FOR ME (2020) Reviews of home invasion thriller

 

See for Me is a 2020 Canadian thriller film about a blind teenager fending off thieves with the assistance of a unique iPhone app.

Directed by Randall Okita from a screenplay co-written by Adam Yorke and Tommy Gushue, the Wildling Pictures production stars visually impaired actor Skyler Davenport, Kim Coates, Jessica Parker Kennedy and Laura Vandervoort. Produced by Matt Code, David Di Brina and Kristy Neville.

Plot:

Blind teenager Sophie (Skyler Davenport) is house-sitting at a secluded mansion that comes under attack from thieves seeking a hidden safe.

Her only means of defence is the iPhone app ‘See for Me’ which connects her to Kelly, a veteran and volunteer across the country who spends her days playing first-person shooter games online and who must now see on Sophie’s behalf…

Reviews [click links to read more]:

“Director Randall Okita uses angles and lighting to enhance his film. There is excellent use of the color red and the shadows add a layer of intrigue and suspense. See for Me makes maximum use of the film’s space. Though events take place in a large home, there is a tight feel to everything that is going on.” AIPT

“In already suggesting Sophie’s poker-faced temperament, the film framing her as anything other than a victim is much easier to swallow than had she been a more timid-leaning type who finds the strength to uncharacteristically overpower her assailants.  Sophie is a capable and manipulative force from the off, giving See For Me a morally questionable heroine who’s far more relatable than perhaps we’d like to admit.” The Au Review

“It’s a simple story that’s stunningly executed. The home invasion is a thrilling means for Sophie to work through her inner demons, of which she has many. It perhaps wraps up a bit too tidily, but Sophie’s flaws and the moral complications they create add distinct layers to this well-crafted and propulsive thriller.” Bloody Disgusting

” …a pretty standard home invasion ordeal. The twist here doesn’t come from a heroic viewpoint on Sophie’s end. Randall Okita ensures that he doesn’t mislead by making any of these characters extraordinary. In fact, he makes sure that all of them have some kind of negative connotations.” High on Films

See for Me is the kind of film where the less you know, the more you will enjoy it. There are plenty of surprises along the way, and it is significantly above your average survival chiller. If the comparisons to Panic Room didn’t already clue you in, this hinges heavily on character-based drama and anxiety-inducing tension.” Josh at the Movies

“Director Randall Okita makes exceptional use of the cavernous residence in which the film was shot, utilizing unorthodox camera movements and leveraging the floor-to-ceiling windows to great effect […] Some moments border on campy, as Sophie effectively becomes a living FPS avatar for Kelly to control, but the originality of the concept and the near-constant buildup of tension helps to offset any silliness.” The Lamplight Review 

“The main problem is the lack of tension in the setup. It’s a thriller. Per the home-invasion premise, we’re trying to figure out how and when the “bad guys” will arrive on the scene. Sophie has her personal foibles that prevent her from being a completely likable character […] There are other weak points and unresolved storylines that are huge.” Music City Drive-In

Release:

Deadline previously reported that “Paris-based sales firm Elle Driver has inked a slew of pre-sales on under-the-radar home invasion thriller See For Me, which was one of the sleeper hits at the virtual AFM.” See for Me had its online world premiere via the 2021 Tribeca at Home on June 10th 2021.

Cast and characters:

Skyler Davenport … Sophie
Kim Coates … Rico
Jessica Parker Kennedy … Kelly
Laura Vandervoort … Debra
George Tchortov … Otis
Pascal Langdale … Ernie
Emily Piggford … Deputy Brooks
Joe Pingue … Dave
Matthew Gouveia … Cabbie
Keaton Kaplan … Cam

A trailer for See for Me is currently unavailable.

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