Seeing Evil (2019) Movie Review
Written By: FR
Edited By: Grave Reviews Staff
Directors: Jason Henne, Christopher Leto
Writer: Jason Henne
Producers: Jason Henne, Christopher Leto, Micah Lyons
Date Released: May 2019
Taylor Girard as Will
Sean Michael Gloria as Tyler
Rebecca Hope as Carrie
David E. McMahon as Dr. Noah Farmer
Jordan Patriarca as Luna
Dustin Seabolt as Roger
George Vricos as Ken Donovan
Rating = 1.5 /5 Graves
***May contain some spoilers***
Seeing Evil is a story about a homeless man who was struck by lightning and finds himself with increased intelligence but at the same time seeing strange things anywhere he goes. The homeless man named Will (Taylor Girard) has hit rock bottom. Addictions have destroyed his life and left him living in a tent in the woods. One day, he’s struck by lightning and suddenly gains new abilities. Nothing super, but suddenly he can do things he never could before, like play the piano. He was offered a gig playing piano at a party. Will sees this as a sign to turn his life around. He reconnects with his wife Carrie (Rebecca Hope) and begins trying to rebuild his life. But there are complications, nightmares and shadowy, half-glimpsed figures that seem to be haunting him.
The main character sees nightmarish figures and shadowy, half-glimpsed entities. Not so scary but good enough to keep the viewers interested. The ending gives it a not so bloody end. No gore and guts in this movie. The supernatural elements are more suspenseful than frightening like the appearance of the library ghost.
The Grave Review
The movie weaves together elements of a ghost story, a conspiracy thriller and a psycho drama without ever losing its story in the process, and yet keeping the audience interested throughout. The acting was very credible and a directorial effort that gives its actors and story enough room to breathe only help to bring the movie’s point across and keep the audience involved in the story and guessing what might happen next.
Seeing Evil is interestingly enough mixes medical thrillers and ghost/shadow people. Speaking of medical aspect of the movie, a movie goof was noted. When Dr. Farmer is testing Will’s eidetic memory, he says the card has all the digits of pi. Pi is an irrational number that goes on forever and never repeats. It is impossible for the card to have all the digits of pi.
There are times the film resembles a soap opera more than anything else as Will and Carrie try to put their marriage back together. These scenes are actually fairly effective and make the viewers relate to the story. They also get good performances from Girard and Hope. Their performances help sell what could have been a pair of rather cliché characters in less talented hands. David E. McMahon also deserves a mention as Doctor Farmer.
Unfortunately, the ending seems very rushed and underwhelming. It makes sense, it just needed to be handled a lot better. Such a disappointing ending to say the least. While not everything it could be, Seeing Evil can still be enjoyable to watch.
Because of the foregoing reasons, Grave Reviews gives Seeing Evil (2019) one and a half graves out of five graves.
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