See For Me Review: An Admirable Addition To The Home Invasion Subgenre
See for Me is an intruder thriller that throws some curveballs at its viewers. See for Me is a home invasion thriller in the spirit of Mike Flanagan’s Hunch. Skyler Davenport plays Sophie, a young blind woman who lives in a bougie house in upstate New York. Three home invasions turn Sophie’s routine job into a nightmare. This film is part of a new subgenre that focuses on people with disabilities but isn’t restricted by them. See for Me is an entertaining home invasion thriller. Even though it occasionally stumbles in execution, it challenges viewers with a complex lead.
It’s a simple plot, and the home invasion survival thriller has become a standard in horror. See For Me is a captivating watch. The protagonist is blind and seeks help via an app called “See For Me.” She is also stubbornly unyielding. Although it is a great tactic to get the audience to root for her, it is difficult to see when some details about her are revealed and when her aggressive “I want to make things my own” attitude is unhelpful to people who care. This dynamic is interesting because the timid mouse in the dangerous cat-and-mouse game can be just as wild and dangerous as her cat.
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Kelly, Sophie’s eyes, makes up for the lack of sympathy shown by the protagonist in her struggle for survival. Kelly, played by Jessica Parker Kennedy, is a gentle presence that gives Sophie the support she needs. She also serves as a reminder to Sophie that it is okay to need help from time to time. As actors, Davenport Kennedy and Parker Kennedy are well-matched. Their chemistry is evident even though their interactions are only via telephone. As Kelly helps Sophie navigate her precarious situation, their dynamic adds suspense. It’s also a great advertisement for apps that assist the visually impaired.
The audience is there for Kelly and Sophie because the visuals are too dark to see what is going on. Kelly asks Sophie to slow down and pan her phone slowly left to right to help her see the action. The audience internally wants the same. The first act is a great success. It sets up tension through the visual palette. They lose the plot a little once the sunsets. Okita’s direction is good, as he captures much of the action and drama well. The film is dimly lit, so it takes a lot of energy to see what’s happening.
See For Me lacks visual appeal, but the story is still compelling, even though the lead isn’t entirely likable. In many ways, she is an innocent victim of a terrible crime and is rightfully scared. We won’t go into too much detail, but we can say that Sophie doesn’t always have the best intentions. See For Me’ssecret weapon is this lead, who can be worse than the film’s villains. Even better, there is a co-lead in the film who can sympathize.
Parker Kennedy and Davenport sell characters that aren’t necessarily bad but can do bad things to the audience. Although it’s a risky gamble to subvert the archetype, “scream queen,” it pays off in the end. It is unclear what will happen. See For Me could be a great companion piece to Hush and Run. It’s worth a look, especially for the leads.