From then on in, See No Evil is set in a burned-out gilded age hotel cramped full of county lockup coed cons from the Jaded Age. They are briefly introduced in camera flashes of name and crime, and about 15 to 30 seconds covering the stereotype they fall into. There's the kleptomaniac yuppie, the hacker, the two aggravated assaults with hearts of gold, the two drug dealers/ex lovers (apparently there was some domestic violence, but not enough for the beater to not come back for the ex later on), one of whom has now succumbed to the prison charms of the aggravated assault female.
The group gets to the hotel, which looks like it cost a few million when it was built but somehow has been purchased by an unnamed charity whose sole representative is a short, quiet grandmother who wants to turn the hotel into a homeless shelter (because that's exactly what happens to nine-story blighted buildings that have been around since the '20s). She sets the kids to work and tells them to avoid the atrium at night, and then everyone goes their separate ways. The hacker and breaking and entering decide to look for treasure on the top floor, and it's all of about 30 seconds until the look for treasure brings out the creepy large man with the hook, and the blood starts flowing again.
See No Evil puts more effort into the cinematography than it does into the rest of the movie. Cinematographer Ben Nott shoots the first 40 minutes like a lurking voyeur peeking through a hole in the wall. When the action starts, Nott doesn't use the cheap, quick camera flash to scare you, he swings the camera like a terrified teen so we see the evil around the same time the victim does.
If only the rest of the movie were as noteworthy. The girl that supposedly soothes the beast (or at least enough to not get killed and have the others go after her) tries to look sweet and scared but ends up looking merely mildly confused.
About halfway through the movie (probably around the time the writers realized that at the rate they were going they would run out of victims in another five minutes), the killing slows down and bad guy Kane (aka Glen Jacobs) takes center stage. And when he's center stage and not just a brief glimpse in the camera lens you come to realize that your villain is a retarded and pastier version of the Pillsbury doughboy (the actor's day job is professional wrestling), and when that cat is out of the bag there's not much left to scare you. From then on in the movie turns to camp, the cinematography loses its charm, and the movie ends up getting more predictable and less exciting the longer you watch it.
See No Evil manages to startle through the first half and snooze through the second, making it an all right movie to flip to for a while on cable, but if you want to be consistently scared, or see characters killed that you've known enough to care about their death, well, don't see Evil.
Lemme borrow your wig.
Run time: 84 mins
In Theaters: Friday 19th May 2006
Box Office USA: $15.0M
Distributed by: Lionsgate Films
Production compaines: WWE Studios, Lions Gate Films
Contactmusic.com: 2 / 5
Rotten Tomatoes: 8%
Fresh: 5 Rotten: 54
IMDB: 5.1 / 10
Director: Gregory Dark
Producer: Joel Simon
Screenwriter: Dan Madigan
Starring: Michael J. Pagan as Tye, Samantha Noble as Kira, Glenn Thomas Jacobs as Jacob Goodnight, Christina Vidal as Christine, Steven Vidler as Williams, Cecily Polson as Margaret, Rachael Taylor as Zoe, Luke Pegler as Michael, Penny McNamee as Melissa, Mikhael Wilder as Russell, Craig Horner as Richie, Tiffany Lamb as Hannah, Sam Cotton as Young Jacob, Zoe Ventoura as Eyeless Women, Cory Robinson as Blaine, Trent Huen as Officer 2, Tim McDonald as Officer 1, Annalise Woods as Young Girl, Jason Chong as News Reporter, Matthew Okine as Officer 3
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