Sightless (2020) Review

It built fantastic atmosphere and tension, but the plot was too generic and easy to figure out.

Certificate: 15

Director: Cooper Karl

Screenwriter: Cooper Karl

Starring: Madelaine Petsch, Deniz Akdeniz, Alexander Koch

Genre: Drama, Thriller

Runtime: 88 Minutes

Language: English

Rating: 2.5 Stars

Reviewed by: Pearl

After an attack renders her blind, Ellen Ashland withdraws from the world to recover. But soon she plunges into paranoia, unable to convince anyone that her assailant has returned to terrorize her by hiding in plain sight. – From IMDB

The first rule about thrillers is that they should be thrilling.  And preferably have a shocking twist in the third act that is mean to knock the audience’s socks off to screams of “I NEVER saw that coming!”  This film sadly only hits one of those two bench marks.  It was thrilling.  The atmosphere and the tension throughout were amazing.  Changing small aspects of the scene as Ellen discovers things through touch or sound.  Lots of fades to black and missing moments of time really try to keep us on our toes. 

The sad fact is though, that despite all this amazing potential, and ground work, there was no huge shocker at the end.  I had the plot twist figured out right from the beginning.  I prayed the whole time I was wrong, but nope.  So I just spent the admittedly short runtime, waiting for Ellen to get on the same page as me.  And then once we got there, it took such a long time for things to wrap up.  I was hoping for a double bluff, and it never came.  Predictable thrillers are always going to be a disappointment.

The performances throughout the film though are stellar.  Madelaine Petsch was phenomenal the whole time and made for a really interesting and engaging main character.  She took nothing for granted and although she did make a few questionable decisions, I found her to be a very beliveable character and one that I really rooted for.  December Ensminger also deserves a mention for her portrayal of Lana the neighbour, who from the very moment we meet her we know something is off with.  Hers tory is played out in a very unsettling way, you don’t know if you can trust her or not, and I was one of the few parts of the film I could not quite pin down until the end.

Absolutely nothing here will shock you.  If you have seen more than a handful of thrillers you will be able to call this one right from the get go.  It’s worth a watch, but it isn’t something I will return to. ‘Sightless’ is on Netflix now

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