Although I See You starts like your usual mystery/serial killer movie, it soon transforms into something much more potent. First of all, we only get one or two movies like this per year. They feature original ideas and successfully integrate current trends into familiar storylines. If I have to see another movie where someone sees a killer through a window I’m going to die of boredom. I don’t know how I missed this one back in 2019 and only caught up with it now, in 2022, but here we are. We will be following one dysfunctional family going through a rough patch. And then things will start escalating.
I have to admit that the first third of the movie was a bit wobbly and off. The moody atmosphere and at times pretentious shots seemed like fillers. I’ve simply seen too many cheap thrillers using them to achieve that “big movie” vibe. However, they were only setting us up for the rest of the movie which was freaking awesome. Once things start popping off, you will be completely immersed in the story while simultaneously trying to figure out what’s going on. Still, character development could have been much better and more subtle.
Sadly, this and several other issues, relegate I See You to one viewing category. But that one viewing is going to be pretty entertaining. The performances were solid, especially from Helen Hunt and young Libe Barer. They helped glue together the somewhat disjointed narrative that eventually does come together in a satisfying finale. This is one of those thrillers that you’re going to watch during the week and then recommend to your friends. It has that vibe at least.
Jackie Harper’s marriage is in crisis. She cheated on her husband Greg and this affected not only their marriage but also their son Connor. This comes at the worst time as Greg just caught a case of a missing ten-year-old boy. At the same time, something strange seems to be going on at their house…
I See You reminded me of another serial killer movie, The Clovehitch Killer. It features the same small-town setting and atmosphere, only this one is more entertaining. It even hints at some supernatural forces at work, although I probably shouldn’t talk about that. Another similar movie is Fractured starring Sam Worthington. Now, none of these movies are masterpieces but they’re bound to keep your attention. I’m looking forward to Adam Randall’s and Devon Graye’s next movies as this duet is clearly bursting with talent.
Finally, if you’re looking for movies like I See You, I recommend you check a couple of Spanish thrillers. Mientras Duermes and El Habitante Incierto are simply stunning and will definitely blow you away if you haven’t seen them before.
Director: Adam Randall
Writer: Devon Graye
Cast: Helen Hunt, Jon Tenney, Owen Teague, Judah Lewis, Libe Barer, Gregory Alan Williams