A spellbinding and romantic supernatural thriller. Ten years after an apocalyptic event left the world haunted by ghosts, Roni receives a threatening message from beyond the grave. Joining forces with a mysterious classmate, Kirk, Roni descends into a shadow world that blurs the bounds of the living and the dead-and begins a desperate race against time to stop a cunning killer.
Many times there are movies with great ideas behind them but the execution absolutely didn’t live up to the potential. I Still See You is about a world which there’s an “event” centered around Chicago (not sure what Hollywood has against that city) in which specters have suddenly become visible, but only for a few minutes, doing routines they did when they were living.
10 years after the “event”, a government program gone awry, the film follows Veronica Calder (BELLA THORNE) whose father had died amongst hundreds, if not thousands, of others. She’s a typical teenager though living in a world where the Federal government has a Spectral Affairs, attending high school. There, she’s captivated by loner Kirk Lane (RICHARD HARMON) whom is considered a truther, believing there is more going on as more and more specters, also known as rems (short of remnants), have begun appearing despite the belief from authorities they would begin fading away as time went on.
There are a rules when it comes to these specters as exposition-ed by history(?) teacher Mr. Bittner (DERMOT MULRONEY): that the rems can’t interact with the living, and rems cannot change a routine or break out of a pattern, amongst a couple others.
In the meantime, Veronica gets a ghostly encounter in the bathroom from a man who she not only has never seen before but he writes a warning on the mirror: “run”, though his name Brian did pop up in her head. She seeks the help from Kirk and he reluctantly agrees to help and soon they put on their Scooby-hats and do research first on how to capture an image of the em and then digging into his past, which is very dark, the suspect behind the strangulations of two teen girls and they discover a connection: both girls were born on February 29, which just happens to be Veronica’s birthday as well. So it would seem Brian, who had committed suicide as the authorities were closing in apparently, is stalking and her life is in danger.
With an interesting premise, I kind of was interested in seeing I Still See You because I’m also a fan of Bella Thorne. While she wasn’t bad, nor was Richard Harmon (better known for his role on The 100), but neither young(ish) actor could overcome such a lame script and an utterly predictable twist that anyone could see coming two miles away once the mystery aspect is set-up (i.e. the murder of the girls at the hands of Brian).
Alright, I’ll outright spoil it right now, so turn away if you don’t want to know.
So, the killer turns out to be Mr. Bittner played by veteran character actor(?) Dermot Mulroney. For his part, Mulroney was okay though be straddled with such a stupid twist, not sure I can blame him too much other than for taking the role (guess beggars can’t be choosers comes to mind) and adding insult to injury, just like we’ll never see a follow up to the Taylor Lautner thriller, Abducted where Mulroney had a cameo at the end to set-up a sequel, I Still See You also sequel-baits. Not sure it will get one unless it finds an audience on home video (the film did manage to get $1M overseas; only $1,359 stateside).
In any case, the film is based upon a novel entitled ‘Break My Heart a 1,000 Times’ by Daniel Waters and a script by Jason Fuchs, the story writer behind Wonder Woman, and was helmed by Scott Speer, the director behind the schmaltzy Midnight Sun (also starring Thorne) and the music-dance-dram, Step Up Revolution. Not exactly a banner resume… and yes, I have seen both of those movies unfortunately. Make this number three.
Reliance Entertainment, Gold Circle Films by Scott Speer, Jason Fuchs, Daniel Waters.
Stars: Bella Thorne, Richard Harmon, Dermot Mulroney.
Genres: Fantasy, Horror, Sci-Fi
Keywords: based on novel or book post-apocalyptic future supernatural high school murder apocalypse death ghost
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