See For Me gives you a quality, one-location thriller that forces you to have complicated feelings about the lead, despite them being legally blind.
|Screenplay By||Adam Yorke, Tommy Gushue|
|Where To Watch||Video On Demand|
|Genre(s)||Action, Crime, Thriller, Young Adult|
|Duration||1 Hour 32 Minutes|
|Content Rating||Not Rated|
|Kelly||Jessica Parker Kennedy|
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After a diagnosis of retinitis pigmentosa, Sophie’s skiing career ended, and her utter refusal to train for the Paralympics led to her housesitting for a living. Why? Well, with still getting adjusted to being legally blind and immensely uncomfortable with how she is treated, she likes exerting her independence and dealing with people at a minimum.
However, as she house sits and takes care of a cat, for a woman whose home is in an isolated part in upstate New York, she finds herself having to rely on a woman named Kelly, someone who works for the app “See For Me” if she wants to survive.
Cast & Character Guide
Please Note: This is not an exhaustive list of every cast member.
Sophie (Skyler Davenport)
Blinded by a disease at the height of her skiing career, since then, Sophie has become mad at the world, and rather than pursue her dream by any means necessary, she’d rather carve out a life for herself by housesitting for the rich and taking advantage of their kindness. If not, in her mind, their pity.
Kelly (Jessica Parker Kennedy)
Kelly is a member of the armed services who vicariously lives through what it was like to be on the field through video games and to make ends meet, Kelly works at See For Me to help people with vision impairment do simple things like finding items in their home. This makes helping Sophie not die a far more taxing assignment than what Kelly is used to on the app, but she is more than prepared for thanks to her military experience.
Notable Locations & Items
- 6 Golden Lane: Where Sophie is located
- $7 Million: What the burglars are after
Other Noteworthy Information
- Reason(s) for Film Rating: Gun violence, cursing
Question(s) Left Unanswered
- How did Sophie find out about this job?
Sophie Being Imperfect and Morally Ambiguous
As the meaning of diversity continues to evolve, one of the things you have to appreciate about See For Me is that it doesn’t make Sophie an innocent victim. Sophie is bitter about the hand she was dealt and has absolutely no problem taking from others as her sight was taken from her. And with every moment of you realizing she doesn’t fit into that sweet, innocent, disabled trope, and she shows you that she can be manipulative, rude, and an outright ass, it makes you love and appreciate her.
In fact, I’d even say your investment in her surviving has little to do with her being blind and you just getting a kick out of Sophie, the person.
Kelly Was Given A Backstory
Easily, See For Me could have doubled down on Sophie’s life and former career and made everyone secondary since she is the star attraction. However, there is an effort to beef up Kelly’s character. We learn she was in the military, and how she commands Sophie shows this, and while we aren’t given explicit details on why she is no longer out there, you are given just enough intrigue to ask these questions.
I’d even add, the writers find the perfect line to where, as much as you may be brought to question Kelly’s life, you aren’t left frustrated when the questions go unanswered.
We’ll give props to the writers for not making the film’s villains sexist or ableist when it comes to how they treat Sophie. However, from their motive to their personas, they are dry and don’t give Sophie a lot to playoff. They simply are a means to get you to worry about Sophie as you question if they would harm a blind young woman or just do what they came to do and go.
Our Rating: Mixed (Divisive)
Where See For Me stumbles is that, while you can appreciate Sophie not being made into a victim empowered by Kelly, it doesn’t present a more noteworthy hook beyond the taglines you can imagine for this. Sophie being a blind girl with a chip on her shoulder handles the basics of her not being generic, but they don’t go beyond that. And while you are drawn to Kelly, she is firmly a supporting character.
Add in villains whose motive is strictly money, with no other details to make them feel like individuals? While you have to applaud See For Me for having a different kind of lead actor and character, you could submit it might have been good for marketing but didn’t give the film what it needed to stand out beyond that.