See for Me positions itself as an unfair tale of “easy target versus evil men,” but highlights its strongest material when valuing people beyond their disabilities.
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While it’s able to periodically introduce a sense of danger—the burglars’ arrival, the sequence with the cop—it never creates the necessary continuity of dread and suspense.
Aside from the quirky and exciting gaming angle, See for Me is a pretty straightforward suspense film — but a well-crafted one.
Although their work is ultimately not enough to make “See for Me” anything more than a gimmick movie that never quite pays off, Davenport almost makes it worth watching and will leave you wondering about what they could accomplish with stronger material.
Home Events Movies See for Me See for Me 2021, R, 92 min. Directed by Randall Okita. Starring Skyler Davenport, Jessica Parker Kennedy, Laura Vandervoort, Emily Piggford, Joe Pingue, Pascal Langdale, Drew Tyce. REVIEWED BY RICHARD WHITTAKER, FRI., JAN. 7, 2022 print When you say “blind home invasion thriller” today, the first thought is Fede Álvarez’s deranged villains-as-victims shocker Don’t Breathe (and, to a lesser degree, the widely loathed sequel). But the gold standard (oft ripped off, never equaled) was Terence Young’s masterful 1967 Wait Until Dark, with Audrey Hepburn as a blind woman stalked in her own apartment by burglars. It’s not just that it’s a great thriller. Its importance as a film is that it really weaves the lead character’s disability into the script, in a way that arguably wasn’t equaled in the subgenre until Mike Flanagan wrote a deaf heroine for Hush. It would be surprising if Adam Yorke and Tommy Gushue, writers of See for Me, were unaware of the Hepburn crime classic, which would raise the question of why they’d bother following in such familiar footsteps. Their answer, and a good reason for why their story is so effective, is that they lean into one ubiquitous development from which many filmmakers still flinch: the mobile phone.
This tight, tense and oh-so-logical home invasion tale brings “Wait Until Dark” into the cell phone era, with suspense that rivals the equally simple “Don’t Breathe.”
See For Me updates the home-invasion formula with a couple of clever twists and a key relationship. But writers Adam Yorke and Tommy Gushue and director Randall Okita only push the formula so far before they run out of innovation.