Have you ever heard of Phrogging? Well I had but only in the category of urban legend. British director Adam Randall (iBoy), introduces the topic to the wider audience via I SEE YOU. The Harper family, Greg (Jon Tenney, True Detective),his wife Jackie (Academy Award® winner Helen Hunt, As Good As It Gets) and Connor (Judah Lewis, The Babysitter). Live from the surface at least an idyllic life.
When a child goes missing, Greg becomes the lead investigator of a child abduction case. He would be more easy but he is just coming off his wife’s affair. The other issue is the strange things that are happening. From the random TV playing, to the missing pictures and even the strange noises in the dark.
I SEE YOU has been mislabelled as a horror film. It is far more a psychological thriller, if we care about genre that is. To cine fans, it is more interesting as a film that is obsessed with views and viewpoints. Taking how we see and what we see. The layering of visual image, the transposing of viewpoints and event.
In this is where I SEE YOU is at its most interesting. We could acknowledge acting, which is solid and compelling. We could talk of Randell use of space and the visual rendering of it (physical versus recorded) but my interest is in its use of duality and how unsettling it becomes as it plays out. Sometimes this duality in the film is overly obvious and at others it lacks rhythm. However I think Randell and writer Devon Graye, get to grips with the piece enough to make it interesting and in the words of the middle weight commentary ‘attractive to our nightmares.’ In truth little else in the extras are of weight and it feels like a studio release with the arbitrary making of, but if you like film, exploring the visual capture might be worth you investment.
SPECIAL EDITION CONTENTS
- High Definition (1080p) Blu-ray presentation
- Original DTS-HD MA 5.1 surround
- Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
- Brand new commentary by director Adam Randall and producer Matt Waldeck, recorded exclusively for this release
- The Making of ‘I See You’, a featurette interviewing cast and crew – Additional on-set interviews with Adam Randall and Helen Hunt, and behind-the-scenes footage
- Image gallery
FIRST PRESSING ONLY: Illustrated collectors’ booklet featuring new writing on the film by Anton Bitel