Observe the Weird

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I Still See You

2.5 out of 5 stars (2.5 / 5)

The threat of nuclear fallout continues to be a part of our lives long after the end of the Cold War. The fear has manifested numerous films, tv shows, and international headlines. Chemical and biological weapon caches grow exponentially, but the nuke tops the a-list of weapons of mass-destruction.

I Still See You exists in a world where Chicago has been decimated by such an explosion. In the ten years since, remnants of those lost appear as if parts of a broken record. They appear in the same place and recreate a motion or action and then disappear. Survivors have learned to live with these ghosts, as they neither interact or harm the living. One morning Veronica (Bella Thorne) is startled by one such remnant who appears to attack her. With the help of a fellow classmate, Veronica tries to unravel the mystery tied to this aggressive apparition.

The idea of the almost tangible remains of a deceased person is eerie, especially when it appears that it isn’t always apparent they are dead. Despite this clever element, the core plot is quite familiar. Bella anchors the film attempting to balance sultriness, sexuality, and earnestness that almost derails the character. It’s another episode in a former Disney child star attempting to graduate to more mature appeal. Her ulterior motive mostly implodes but the movie has an enjoyable B-movie quality to it. Add Dermot Mulroney in a welcome supporting role and you have a film that will likely get an audience on streaming services. 2 ½ out of 5 stars.

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