Blu-ray/DVD Review: I STILL SEE YOU (2018)

Combine a general Young Adult formula with Six Sense and a giant Chernobyl style blast and here you will have the basic gist of what I STILL SEE YOU is about. Starring Bella Thorne as the main female protagonist Veronica, we are introduced to a part of the world that is inhabited by Revenants after an apocalyptic disaster takes place in Chicago a decade prior to current events. Now in a town called Jewel City, which is located about 50 miles from the epicenter, people see these ghost-like Revenants daily going through their loops.

At first, there appears to be a set amount of Revenants existing within the plane. However, within 10 minutes of the film, the set rules are completely tossed out of the window and the audience is left on a wild goose chase trying to find some semblance of clarity while trying to follow Veronica along as the story unfolds. While the story presents itself as fast-paced, it drags due to the heavy-handed usage of exposition, minimal character development, and contradictory rules that end up confusing the viewers more than aiding them.

Because the story is so plot driven rather than specifically focusing on character development, I will refrain from sharing too much of the plot. However, this is also doing myself a considerable service because the plot itself was immensely convoluted and would render anyone confused. Having not read the original source material, Daniel Waters’ Break My Heart 1,000 Times, I cannot say for certain how much of the plot’s confusion had to do with the original author or screenwriter Jason Fuchs. Nonetheless, this was a very large part of my frustration with the film.

The one bright spot in I STILL SEE YOU is the mild creepy moments presented throughout the course of the film. There is one moment in particular where Veronica and Richard Harmon’s Kirk are trying to capture the image of a Revenant on camera. When the Revenant appears, we get to slowly see the ghost-like spector’s image corrupt before abruptly trying to attack the two. With this and several jump scare moments interspersed throughout the film, the tension heightening music created by Bear McCreary, and the dark, snowy scenic backdrop of Manitoba, there were definitely spooky moments of promise that kept me engaged.

Overall, I STILL SEE YOU proves to be a muddling disappointment. While the premise holds a lot of potential, the execution is sloppy. How much of this could have been improved by a longer run time, I’m not exactly sure. The sole source of exasperation stems from a cluttered storyline that is rendered more complicated than it needs to be. If the storyline was edited and more emphasis was placed on character development, the overall film could have made the audience less confused and more invested in the final product.

Sarah Musnicky
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