The Unseen (2017) – A Psychological Thriller – Movie Review
Gemma and Will are shattered when their son dies in an accident in the movie, The Unseen. Gemma blames herself and starts to have panic attacks that affect her eyesight – and the audience’s point of view. Will, tormented, believes he is hearing his son’s voice calling out to him. To escape their grief, Gemma suggests they take up Paul’s offer to stay at his Lake District country getaway.
Gemma (played by Jasmine Hyde), helped by ex-pharmacist Paul (played by Simon Cotton), tries to stop her panic attacks with medication. Will (played by Richard Flood), unable to hear to his son in his bedroom back home, antagonizes Paul and suddenly goes home. Gemma is now reliant on Paul who appears to be developing genuine feelings for her welfare. Love, grief, and the frailty of the human condition are all brought to the fore as Gemma, Will and Paul are caught up in a descent into violence, both psychological and ultimately physical.
With the stress of the loss of her son, Gemma goes through bouts of blindness which are nicely produced on the screen from her perspective with moments of darkness and extremely blurred vision, add to this the anxiety that has been brought on by the tragic circumstances.
Her husband, Will, is also going through a stressful time and he believes that he can still hear their son in his room. It’s not long before Paul offers the couple a chance to stay in his country retreat that is in the Lake District, could this be what they need to help with their tragic loss, maybe, but it soon becomes apparent that their problems aren’t that easy to leave behind and it seems that Paul may have other ideas about them staying at his retreat.
Writer and director Gary Sinyor has certainly produced a thought-provoking and at times unnerving film, Jasmine Hyde and Richard Flood have certainly brought the characters to life on the screen with the emotion and pain that they portray on the screen. The Unseen is not just a psychological movie, it’s one that pulls on the heartstrings that any parent could go through after the loss of their child, the moments of Gemma’s blindness and the possibility that her son is back and playing on her emotions gives you moment of your hairs standing up on the back of your neck.
Add to Gemma’s problems that of the rather creepy Paul, who has other ideas about having the couple in the Lake District and everything falls into place in a somewhat scary way.
The overall feel of the movie is that it’s not been shot on a big budget, but this works in the style of the production of the way the film has been shot and edited, The Unseen is nicely shot, with some nice camera angles, focusing and the use of colour and shade to give various locations different feelings that characters may be having.
This is a movie that can be very unsettling at times, but it still pulls you into its psychological charms.