See for Me

See for Me ★★★★

Abertoir Horror Festival 

See for Me is a thriller following blind former skier Sophie who is cat-sitting in a secluded mansion when three thieves invade for the hidden safe. Sophie's only defense is army veteran Kelly. Kelly helps Sophie defend herself against the invaders and survive.

See for Me takes a concept that has been done before and modernises it with the use of a very useful smartphone app and some really great representation, something that’s so refreshing to see. Whilst this isn’t quite as good as Wait Until Dark, a film with the same premise that this was definitely inspired by, it does give it a good go and it deals with the premise respectively and never feels exploitative, something that could easily happen with something like this. It can be guilty of providing perhaps a little too much exposition at times in really obvious ways and it’s consistently predictable but somehow, that still doesn’t get in the way of how intense it is; I was fully gripped from start to finish.

It’s very well structured with a character building first act, a second act that sets up the situation and a third act that deals with the situation, it all flows really well and never feels like any of the acts overstay their welcome. One of my favourite things about this film is the fact that we get a non-binary blind actor in the lead role playing a blind character, it’s really not something that happens often enough within films and it made me so happy to see it done here. Skyler Davenport is brilliant in the latter mentioned role as Sophie, a morally ambiguous character with multiple layers and one that it’s easy to feel like we’re on board with when they’re eventually put in danger.

Jessica Parker Kennedy is also great as Kelly, a very likeable character who does her best to help Sophie avoid the burglars. The bad guys get little to no character development but that never really matters much considering how much the film builds Sophie up, it’s easy to care for that character so it doesn’t matter if you don’t know much about the threat. The cinematography is fantastic, making great use of its one main location setting to build up some edge of your seat intensity that is only made more suspenseful thanks to the brilliant score that is responsible for many nail biting moments.

Overall, See for Me is a film that uses a concept we’ve seen before but it does this really well and provides a very intense film that comes complete with some great filmmaking and amazing disability representation by having a blind actor play a blind character, something that doesn’t happen often enough and something works so well and helps avoid the film ever feeling disrespectful or exploitative. 

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