Writer: Jason Fuchs (Screenplay) Daniel Waters (Novel)
Starring: Bella Thorne, Richard Harmon, Dermot Mulroney, Amy Price-Francis, Shaun Benson, Louis Herthum, Thomas Elms
Plot: Set ten years after an apocalyptic event that killed millions and left the world inhabited by ghosts.
Tagline – What if your whole world was haunted?
Runtime: 1 Hour 38 Minutes
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Verdict: Gloomy Fantasy
Story: I Still See You starts as we go into a world where an event happened killing millions, leaving the remaining survivors in a world where the ghosts return daily to complete small tasks, without being able to interact with the living. Veronica (Thorne) is a high school student that starts to see something strange with a new ghost, turning first to her teacher August Bittner (Mulroney), then outsider student Kirk (Harmon) who has a reputation for understanding the ghosts in the world.
The deeper Veronica and Kirk start looking into the mystery about the new ghost, they discover, this ghost has an ability to do more than just visit, he is a killer and now they are looking into his history to learn how they could stop him.
Thoughts on I Still See You
Characters – Veronica is a high school student that survived the event which took millions of lives, she is forced to watch her father fade away on a daily bases, only for her to start seeing a new ghost from her world that wants to attack her, this leads to her needing to figure out the truth and not knowing who to trust to make it out alive. Kirk is considered the outsider, this is because he has studied the ghosts, getting closer to understanding the bigger picture involved with them. August Bittner is the teacher that explains to the students about what is going on in this world, he is the person Veronica trusts the most looking for help. Mrs Calder is Veronica’s mother that is still a big part of her life, trying to help her get through it all.
Performances – Bella Thorne in the leading role is strong enough, showing the person needing to fight to survive in a world where ghosts are all around us, Richard Harmon brings us a character that fills the gaps in the story, doing nothing wrong, with Dermot Mulroney being a good teacher figure. None of the performances are outstanding, they all help the film role well.
Story – The story here follows a high school student who lives in a world where an major event killed millions, with the new ability to have ghosts appear in everyday life, like memories, only now she has seen a new ghost that is trying to kill her, forcing her to uncover the truth about what happened in the incident. This is a story that does seem to fall into the ghost investigation story, but by having ghosts in everyday life, it takes away most of the horror side of this. The world we enter is interesting, though it would have been nice to see just how big the event was in the whole world, as it does seem like it was only this one city. We are left to wonder about who could be trusted in Veronica’s life which is important because that is how ghost investigations movies work.
Fantasy – The fantasy size of this film focuses first on the world created and how the people in the world operate with what happens.
Settings – The film puts us into a city that has been left with the shadows of lost loved ones, it does give us a dark feeling through the film about what is happening.
Special Effects – The effects are used well to show us how the ghosts going on within them fading away like real.
Scene of the Movie – The off-limits city.
Final Thoughts – This is an interesting ghost investigation where it creates an engrossing world, filled with pain because of what happened, with the idea of a race to survive the unknown coming through strong.
Overall: Strong Fantasy.
Director: Martin Schreier
Writer: Arend Remmers (Screenplay) Martin Schreier, Arend Remmers, Tom Zickler, Sebastian Fruner (Story)
Starring: Emilia Schule, Svenja Jung, Nikolai Kinski, Ken Duken, Anatole Taybman, Dennis Mojen
Plot: A romantic drama set in 1961 that follows a young studio extra’s ambitious efforts to reunite with the French girl he loves after being separated by the construction of the Berlin Wall.
Runtime: 2 Hour 5 Minutes
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Story: Dare to Dream starts when a young man Emil Hellberg (Mojen) looks to get into the movie industry in German in the early 1960s, first as a extra where he only finds himself making mistakes when he falls for a young actress Milou (Schule) who is still finding her own feet in the industry.
When the two get separated by the Berlin Wall, Emil must figure out who to bring Milou back to the studio, with his own plan to bring her back by getting a movie produced, it will give him a chance of love before the borders are closed for good.
Thoughts on Dare to Dream
Thoughts – Dare to Dream brings us the magical story of love between an extra and a dance double on a movie set, that will see them separated by the new restrictions thrown up in German. This does show us the magic of how movies can bring people together from different worlds when it comes to the meeting process on the sets, we see how despite boundaries, love will remain strong and breaking out the strict rules will make people more creative with their expressions. The lead two performances are wonderful, with the supporting cast getting extra laughs along the way, which will make even more enjoyment to be received from the film. We might not get into the truth depths of the reality of the change in German, where the making of the movie manages to help everyone put that behind them, rather than let them get caught up in the problems coming their way.
Final Thoughts – Dare to Dream is an enjoyable story of love.
Signature Entertainment presents Dare to Dream on Digital HD 14th December