A blind former skier accepts an offer to cat-sit in a secluded mansion,
only to have to fight for her life when thieves break in during the night.
See for Me (2022)
Directed by Randall Okita
Written by Adam Yorke and Tommy Gushue
Starring Skylar Davenport, Jessica Parker Kennedy,
Natalie Brown, Laura Vandervoort, George Tchortov,
Pascal Langdale, Joe Pingue, Emily Piggford, Kim Coates
Like many subgenres in horror, the home invasion films usually follow a standard template. Someone is at the house alone and a group of thieves break in during the night. The bad guys are generally looking for something incredibly valuable while having ties to the main character. So, in a way, it can get pretty tiresome when we get another generic film to watch. But there are some filmmakers who try to do something different. Think about when You’re Next came out and the whole idea of the main character being a survivalist is what helped make a fairly standard home invasion film stand out from the pack. Being a sucker for these types of films, it usually excites me when they do something different like what I just mentioned. Which leads me to the film at hand, See for Me.
The film starts off by establishing as our main character is blind and, as the night progresses, relies on an app called See For Me to assist in her survival. The app works by connecting disabled people with a person to help them. In this case, a person to be the eyes for our main character. This leads to some genuinely effective and suspenseful scenes. Backing this up is the wonderful camerawork to frame shots in a way to show how close our main character gets to being caught by the bad guys. Now, all of this would fall flat on its face if the performances were bad. Luckily, both Skylar Davenport and Jessica Parker Kennedy rise to the occasion in giving us likable, engaging characters to root for. The characters aren’t the only thing helping this film stand out, it’s the story also. Instead of feeling the need to stick to tired motivations and tropes, the filmmakers do an excellent job of having the story go in directions you never expect. Again, instead of hindering the film, it greatly enhances it.
If you’re looking for something different in your home invasion films, look no further than See for Me. Gripping characters and a tight, unexpected story come together for one of the better films of this subgenre.