Amaurosis (The Unseen)

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The Unseen leaves a certain amount of potential unfulfilled, but deft direction and a solid central performance make this disturbing mystery worth a watch.

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Gemma and Will are shattered when their son dies in an accident. Gemma blames herself and starts to have panic attacks that affect her eyesight--and the audience's point of view. Will, tormented, believes he is hearing his son's voice calling out to him. To escape their grief, Gemma suggests they take up Paul's offer to stay at his Lake District country getaway. Gemma, helped by ex-pharmacist Paul, tries to stop her panic attacks with medication. Will, unable to hear to his son in his bedroom back home, antagonizes Paul and suddenly goes home. Gemma is now reliant on Paul who appears to be developing genuine feelings for her welfare. Love, grief, and the frailty of the human condition are all brought to the fore as Gemma Will and Paul are caught up in a descent into violence, both psychological and ultimately physical.

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All Critics (23) | Top Critics (4)

  • So while the "Wait Until Dark"-like suspense of the film's climax feels a little rote, that's OK, because the foggy depiction of a troubled marriage is plenty disturbing.

    May 17, 2019 | Full Review…
  • What The Unseen lacks is Roeg's economy... The performances are all good though, and the sterile modernity of both the Shields' and Paul's respective domiciles suits these peculiarly alienated people who, unseen, haunt each other's homes.

    Dec 15, 2017 | Full Review…
  • A committed central performance from Jasmine Hyde can't quite save this half-baked thriller that matches jarring tonal leaps and narrative ineptitude with unfortunate echoes of superior films.

    Dec 14, 2017 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

    Kevin Maher

    Times (UK)
    Top Critic
  • Due to issues with pacing and control of the narrative, it doesn't quite come together, and the necessary chill isn't properly refrigerated.

    Dec 14, 2017 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • For at least half of it, it was a genuinely eerie, uncanny film...very flawed, but for the things it gets right, worth a look.

    Jun 4, 2019 | Full Review…
  • Aided by inspired performers, The Unseen is a gripping and intelligent, Hitchcock inspired thriller.

    Jun 4, 2019 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

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