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Thursday, January 20, 2022

Review: See For Me

Director: Randall Okita

Screenplay: Adam Yorke and Tommy Gushue

Year: 2022

Sophie is a young woman who used to ski until an illness robbed her of her vision. Now Sophie tries to adapt to her new reality and be independent even with her disability. In this effort, she gets a job taking care of the house of a millionaire who goes on a trip, not knowing that it is the target of a group of thieves who are looking to take the contents of the safe.

The opening scene of “See For Mee” does an excellent job of establishing many elements that will be of importance in the plot’s development. In this scene, we see Sophie (Skyler Davenport) packing some items while listening to the narration of a skiing event. A shot of the different sports trophies with her name lets us know that this is a sensitive issue for her, who is now unable to practice sports due to her disability.

The scene progresses to Sophie trying to leave the house without her parents knowing, but her mother notices and confronts her. Two things stand out from their conversation: one is the independence that the protagonist desperately seeks, and the other is that the details of the job she just got let us know that something is amiss. Both elements are crucial in the events that follow and in the main character's development.

After Sophie arrives at the ostentatious mansion she will be looking after, it becomes clear why it is the target of the thieves. While exploring the house, she accidentally gets locked out of the house, forcing her to swallow her pride and download the See For Me app, designed so that a person can help a blind person through their mobile device's camera. Fortunately for the protagonist, the person who answers her call is a military veteran (Jessica Parker Kennedy), which proves to be a great benefit for the night that is upon her.

Once the thieves arrive at the house, the plot in the script by Adam Yorke and Tommy Gushue becomes a kind of cat and mouse chase, where the thieves look for Sophie, and the young woman tries to defend herself, with the disadvantage of not being able to see, but with the benefit of having someone trained in self-defense helping you through your mobile. Of course, the plot is a bit more complex and holds some surprises. The interesting plot is well complemented by the excellent direction of Randall Okita, the great acting performance of the protagonists, and a good job in the audiovisual department. 

“See For Me” isn't the most original home invasion story I've seen, and its plot has its problems, but it delivers on being entertaining and capturing the viewer's attention. This thanks to a good job in the direction as well as in the interpretations and the script, although the latter is not an excellent one. Its interesting characters and how well the tension is worked keep the viewer eager to know how the story will end.

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