Lionsgate // 2007 // 81 Minutes // Rated R
Reviewed by Judge David Johnson // May 9th, 2008
He's not just seeing things.
Another day, another Lions Gate horror movie, another slice of valuable bandwidth consumed.
Jeffrey (Clayton Haske) is a tormented man living a neurotic life. The reason for his neuroses: the relentless visions of acne-riddled ghosts, specters that haunt him in the middle of the day and the middle of the night. Ever since he was a young boy, Jeffrey's been harassed by ill-tempered ghosts, and this has led to a reclusive personality and a short temper.
But things start to look up when a meets a woman named Dana who, amazingly, shares Jeffrey's knack for seeing dead people. The two hit it off immediately, and she asks him is he wants to deliver food to old people and of course he says yes and then he meets her burly, jealous ex-boyfriend who would later beat him to a pulp and when Jeffrey recuperates Dana's gone and he takes it upon himself to find her.
Sight is slow...and green...kind of like an obese Kermit the Frog. This is a supernatural/psychological thriller that plods along, more cerebral and methodical than thrilling, plus it's filmed entirely in a washed-out green color palette. The sum reaction for this judge: slightly annoying.
But the movie does a few things well, keeping it from being a complete optical disc abortion. For one, there's Clayton Haske. Now that name meant nothing to me before this film and I'll almost certainly forget it a week from now, but the guy impressed me. He's on the screen maybe 98 percent of the time, by far shouldering the biggest responsibility for keeping this thing moving forward. And despite the film's lumbering pace, he manages to come away unscathed. Jeffrey is a whacked-out guy who's lived a life full of supernatural emotional abuse and Haske translates that well in a slow-burn type of performance. The story gets hairier towards the end and while I'm not digging the over-convoluted "twist" ending, Haske raises his game admirably to match with the heightened intensity level.
What else works here? The jump scares are pretty cool. Writer/director Adam Ahlbrandt has a good grasp of the art of the jump scare, and the ghost makeup effects are quite effective. Pointy teeth, blood trails on the corners of the mouth, custom contact lenses, all of it mixed with the typical lightning-fast camera work designed to elicit as many cheap shocks as possible. And in the beginning, it worked OK. But it soon became apparent that these ghostly jumps were all that Sight had in its repertoire. By the time the film ended I was exhausted and exasperated by the over-reliance on these tactics. Too much of a good thing and all that...
And that concludes everything I have of substance to say of this film.
The disc: 1.85:1 anamorphic widescreen, 2.0 stereo, both of which are sufficient and adequate and that's it. No extras.
A well-acted horror film that relies too heavily on the jump scare and a twist ending that fails to wow, Sight probably isn't worth taking a look at.
For the charge of First Degree Spinach Tinting, the accused is found guilty.
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Scales of Justice
* 1.85:1 Anamorphic
* Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo (English)
Running Time: 81 Minutes
Release Year: 2007
MPAA Rating: Rated R