Life is often burdened with real horror, especially when we lose someone close to us in a tragic accident. In the new mystery thriller The Unseen, the film dives deep in the psychological turmoil one can go through after a heartbreaking loss. Did it deliver a compelling story?
The Unseen is directed and written by Gary Sinyor. The film stars Richard Flood, Simon Cotton, and Jasmine Hyde.
Gemma (Hyde) and Will (Flood) 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 (Cotton) 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.
The Unseen is shot beautifully and one that will pull at your heart-strings while terrifying you at the same time. It’s unnatural to lose a child and when it happens, it can change a person. Both of the main characters go through hell and back as they try to cope with their loss and move on with their lives. But it’s not so easy to do when you keep hearing him even after he gone… or is he really gone?
The performances were raw and emotional. Gemma, played by Jasmine Hyde, is absolutely stunning. Her character suffers several panic attacks throughout the film and it is utterly frightening. As a viewer, you can feel her pain, suffering, and loss of control. Richard Flood as Will was also amazing. It was almost unbearable to watch him go through the pain of a grieving father. Then there’s Paul, played by Simon Cotton, who was brilliant at making us guess what his true intentions were.
Although the film is a bit slow paced, it keeps you on your toes and has you wondering what will happen next. The ending is well worth the way and incredibly intense.
The Unseen is visually stunning and hauntingly beautiful. It will send chills down your spine far more than any cheap jump scare. I highly recommend checking this one out!