Writer: Victor Zarcoff (Screenplay)
Starring: Neville Archambault, Amber Midthunder, Brytnee Ratledge, Hank Rogerson, Lora Martinez-Cunningham, Chelsea Edmundson, Brianne Moncrief
Plot: When a family of five rent a beautiful house for their summer vacation, the price seems too good to be true.
Runtime: 1 Hour 30 Minutes
There may be spoilers in the rest of the review
Verdict: Thriller That Misses Potential
Story: I See You Starts as we see how Gerald (Archambault) rents out homes to holiday makers, he uses a beautiful woman to bring in the people, where his secret cameras film their holiday, every room, he sneaks around the residents too, he captures Sarah (Edmundson) placing her in an underground bunker with another victim Claire (Moncrief).
When a travelling family Lori (Martinez-Cunningham), Arthur (Rogerson), Kyle (Howard), Molly (Ratledge) and Danielle (Midthunder) rent out one of these rooms, they become the latest victims in his twisted game.
Thoughts on I See You
Characters – Gerald is the creepy stalker, watcher, kidnapper and murder that watches over the rooms where he sells the videos on the dark web, he even breaks into the homes where he takes other items to sell to his viewers, he has a disturbing and unsettling look about him too. Sarah is the latest victim taken and thrown into a bunker, she wants to fight back believing with the help of the other girl they could escape. Molly and Danielle are best friends on a family holiday they are doing the usual troublemaking, having a good time and breaking the rules, they are the ones being watched by him.
Performances – Neville Archambault does look creepy throughout the film, he does make you as uncomfortable as he is meant to through the film. Chelsea Edmundson does well with her character, while the actors behind the family are effective enough.
Story – The story follows a stalker who uses cameras in his homes to sell the videos on the dark web, with his latest victims being a family on a vacation, he also collects the girls at times too. This is a story that plays on the idea of hidden cameras where you don’t expect them invading privacy in our everyday lives, we once again jump into the dark web idea of selling material without permission, where this film struggles in the story side of things, is where we see constant bickering between the teenage side of the film, which just seems to waste a lot of tension about Gerald’s full scheme. If this had been told purely through his eyes we could get along with certain parts that happen, yes, he is evil, but he is the one in control, instead of spending time watching a side story which barely goes anywhere and a family which is just three teenagers who would rather argue about drinking than anything else.
Crime/Horror – The crime in this film follows the scheme that Gerald has going, it shows how he can operate with such ease, which adds into the horror of what he is doing, not just watching, but taking too.
Settings – The film does use the limited settings to show us just how this could become an everyday life watched by a person selling your life on the internet, let alone a killer.
Special Effects – The effects are barely used, they are barely needed either though, which does make this film feel more realistic.
Final Thoughts – This is an interesting thriller, it does look at real potential hidden cameras being used on innocent people and what those recordings could be worth.
Overall: Interesting thriller.