The Unseen

I thought I was the only one!

Year Released : 2016

Director : Geoff Redknapp

Cast : Aden Young, Camille Sullivan and Julia Sarah Stone

So I have a bit of news, as it stands I will be moving to Portugal on Sunday to take up a new opportunity and life. I am relocating to Lisbon and having done some research online, there is a cinema there that specialises in independent and small movies, so hopefully, as time goes on, I will be able to increase my output of reviews on here (lets face it, it wouldn’t take a lot at the moment).

In the meantime, I’ve decided to do a few more reviews here and there, mainly because I haven’t done so in a while. I’m starting with this movie, one that I was keen to see, yet has taken me nearly two weeks to get through due to a variety of different reasons.

Does the fact I kept going back to it mean it is a good film, or was it simply to see where it was going?

Plot

Sawmill worker Bob (Young) arrives home from work one day to a call from his ex-wife Darlene (Sullivan), stating that their daughter Eva (Stone) is behaving erratically, including giving up education to go travelling. Bob agrees to find her and talk some sense into her, but fails to mention that he has caught a disease that is gradually turning him invisible. He leaves his job to search for Eva.

As time goes on and Eva becomes desperate in her attempts to escape, Bob’s increasing transformation leads him to lose friends as he realises he doesn’t have the luxury of patience and subtlety.

So is this worth a watch?

I’ll tell you what, I don’t think I’ve ever seen a low budget film with such good CGI before. Towards the end of the film you see the full extent of Bob’s transformation and I’ll tell you what, it looks far more realistic than a lot of high budget films. When it starts to take effect on Bob’s face, you’re left wondering whether it is make up or CGI, and that is a testament to the film makers.

That being said, this movie is a frightful bore until the final 15/20 minutes.

The final twenty or so minutes are dedicated to Bob’s final part of turning invisible, as well as the relationship between him and Eva. This final portion of the movie is comfortably the best, but that isn’t difficult by this relatively original movie being wasted.

I liken it in some ways to the movie “Hollow Man”, but the difference there is that the main character in that film panics when he can’t go back and it changes him, but Bob doesn’t actually seem that concerned at what is happening on him. He acts like it is more of an inconvenience for most of the film, and *spoiler alert* when you realise that Eva has the same affliction, although is much earlier in the process, you see that the lack of concern isn’t restricted to just him. Neither of them seem that bothered by what is happening to them. If they don’t care, why should I?

Summary

A relatively unique concept that is completely wasted due to boring characters. If they even portrayed that they gave a damn about what is happening to them then it wouldn’t be so bad, but not once was I convinced that Bob was actually that bothered about his transformation.

The visuals are fantastic and the CGI is as strong as I have seen for a film of this level of budget, but beyond that I can’t really say anything positive.

Ironically, this is 100 minutes of your life that you won’t see again.

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