See For Me is a tight thriller that places a blind woman in a remote environment fending off thieves while trying to stay alive. While certainly not presenting anything new in a well-worn genre trope, this movie is tight, keeps moving, and has the perfect amount of twists that totally makes all 93 minutes worthy.
Title: See For Me (2021) Director: Randall Okita Writer: Adam Yorke // Tommy Gushue Studio: IFC Midnight IMDb Plot: When blind former skier Sophie cat-sits in a secluded mansion, three thieves invade for the hidden safe. Sophie's only defense is army veteran Kelly. Kelly helps Sophie defend herself against the invaders and survive. Joe Says: See For Me is a quick, edgy, old-school thriller that is 100% entertaining and absolutely – ahem – needs to be seen
Directed by Randall Okita, See For Me stars Skyler Davenport as Sophie, a former ski champion who has lost her sight and, with nothing better to do, becomes a house sitter for the wealthy. Not only does she get to enjoy the solitude but takes advantage of their riches, some of which end up in her overnight carryon. Yet in one particular mansion sequestered away in upstate New York, thieves break in looking for riches of their own. Sophie, realizing her fun-and-games have become deadly serious, uses a new app called “Let Me See” pairing her up with a live operator that uses Sophie’s iPhone camera as eyes. But are you ready for the kicker? Because here it comes.
Kelly, Sophie’s online aid, is a former Army Ranger and instead of simply helping with an escape, becomes Al Powell to Sophie’s John McClane and helps her rustle up some Yippee-Ki-Yi-Yay.
Davenport, who is seeing-impaired as a result of a stroke, plays Sophie with a snark level of nine. Jessica Parker Kennedy, then, provides humanity and humor all the while forgoing Al Powell’s Twinkies, opting instead for pizza delivery. Older crime movie entries, like Jennifer 8 and Blink, attempt to add a twist where sight is restored or lost in order to artificially amplify the conflict. Here, the Let Me See app is entirely believable and – other than the emotional stake of Kelly – is neither a technological McGuffin nor a convenient flight. Rather, Okita allows Sophie’s street smarts to hit back against Kim Coates’ smooth criminal. The result is a quick, edgy, old-school thriller that is 100% entertaining and absolutely – ahem – needs to be seen.