I Still See You

2018-11-23 06:42
 
Bella Thorne in the movie I Still See You.

WHAT IT'S ABOUT:

Ten years after an apocalyptic event left the world haunted by ghosts, Ronnie Calder receives a threatening message from beyond the grave. Joining forces with a mysterious classmate, Kirk, Roni descends into a shadow world that blurs the bounds of living and the dead—and begins a desperate race against time to stop a cunning killer.

WHAT WE THOUGHT:

Former Disney star Bella Thorne is trying really hard to become this generation’s scream queen. She has starred in a sleuth of horror/supernatural thrillers: Keep Watching, Amityville: The Awakening and Babysitter to name a few.

And while she might have this horror resume, the jury is still out whether she could be the next Jamie Lee Curtis. 

In I Still See You, based on the novel Break My Heart 1000 Times by Daniel Waters she reunites with Midnight Sun director Scott Speer. 

10 years ago, half of the world’s population was wiped out by an energy wave created by The Event. But the dead aren’t really gone they are spectral Remants who still linger along in the world of the living. They always appear at the same places and do the same things, all the time, they are trapped in a loop. New ones can appear anytime, but the Rems can’t interfere with the living.

That is until Veronica (Thorne) gets a warning from a Rem (Thomas Elms) she hasn’t seen before. In this ‘real world’ Rems can’t communicate which sets Veronica off on a path to finding out who he is and what he is warning her about. 

She enlists the help of her super-smart teacher August Bittner (Dermot Mulroney) and newcomer at school Kirk Lane (Richard Harmon) who is a truther – someone who doesn’t believe the explanations they have been given about The Event. 

As the pair investigate they discover a serial killer is stalking Veronica, but is it a Rem?

What intrigued me was the storyline - the science around the big ‘Event’ and the dead walking among the living. In most paranormal movies ghosts/spirits are something to fear which isn’t the case here. 

With that being said though, towards the third quarter of the movie things become a bit muddled, there is a government conspiracy theory and a crazy scientist, which in my opinion didn’t really add much to the plot. When it comes to the twist it’s very predictable – a major character ends up being the villain. 

It’s really hard to take Thorne seriously – she doesn’t have the gravitas to tap into the emotional aspects of what her character is going through. She tried really hard to be emo girl but it felt forced.

I did enjoy Harmon he was very convincing in his role and played the outcast, truth-finder well. 

The movie has an 11% rating on RottenTomatoes and I suspect it is because the critics aren’t really the target market for this film. 

It’s a different take on the paranormal genre and quite enjoyable watch. If you’re into ghosts and science you should definitely check this one out. 






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