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EIFF 2019: I See You (2019) starring Helen Hunt and Jon Tenney
N.B. This film is not on general release in the UK at present. It is showing at the Edinburgh International Film Festival on Wednesday 26th and Thursday 27th June 2019.
Child abductions and other mysterious occurrences
This horror-thriller is set in a small American town during the latest in a long series of child disappearances. The Harper family - Jackie (Helen Hunt), her police detective husband Greg (Jon Tenney) and her adolescent son Connor (Judah Lewis) - are going through some turmoil of their own because Jackie has started seeing another man named Todd (Sam Trammell).
When Greg gets called in to investigate the ongoing mystery, a series of irregular and unexplained occurrences begin happening in and around their home.
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An ingeniously-constructed tale
I See You is a non-linear thriller which takes a number of truly unexpected turns and diversions, resulting in numerous skeletons tumbling out of the closet in the process. As such, it’s a difficult one to go into a lot of detail about without giving too much away. It basically features three stories which ultimately come together in the end - one of which is a domestic drama revolving around Jackie’s infidelity and the other two of which are connected to the horror/mystery aspects.
Director Adam Randall makes great use of stylish camerawork: “found footage” style handheld POV, lengthy tracking shots, drone footage and more besides. He has a sense of pacing and flow which really keeps the viewer on the edge of their seat. There is a slight overuse of “jump scares” early on but this becomes less of an issue as the plot becomes more complex.
While the acting is solid across the board, the younger cast members arguably outshine the older adults here, especially Judah Lewis and Owen Teague as two delinquent guys who have become the way they are for entirely different reasons. Jon Tenney is also good as the tough police officer trying to come to terms with his domestic situation. However, top-billed Helen Hunt makes less impact as his guilt-ridden wife. It’s not that she’s bad - it’s just that, ultimately, her character hasn’t been given all that much to do.
If you like your movies to be ingeniously constructed and truly surprising, then I See You is one that you should see.
Runtime: 97 mins
Dir: Adam Randall
Script: Devon Graye
Starring: Helen Hunt, Jon Tenney, Judah Lewis, Owen Teague, Libe Barer, Gregory Alan Williams, Sam Trammell