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I saw this movie under the title SIGHT UNSEEN. When looking it up on
here, I read its initial title and now I have this Anthrax song stuck
in my head (hence my summary line above). Okay, whatever.
Wings Hauser is the man in yet another stupid film. A psycho-thriller/mystery-slasher too derivative for words but yet uniquely amusing due to a close-to-stupendous "tripping climax" featuring a drugged-out Susan Blakely (who?).
These two previous lines should basically be enough for you to decide and watch this movie or take a pass on it. I really have nothing else substantially to say about it. If this does not suffice, then go read Paul Andrews' review for it. It's very accurate. I just gave it an extra point because, well, it's more stupid fun than it should be and, ehrr,... Wings Hauser is the man!
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*** This review may contain spoilers ***
Out of Sight, Out of Mind, or Sight Unseen as I saw it under, starts as
Alice Lundgren (Susan Blakely), the wife of billionaire businessman
Victor Lundgren (Wings Hauser), her boyfriend (?) & her daughter Tracy
(Jessica Player) in an elevator heading for the 13th floor, 13 which is
unlucky for some & definitely unlucky for Alice & her daughter as a
serial killer known as both the 'Kabuki Killer' (because of the
Japanese style mask he wears) & the elevator killer (because all of his
victims are killed inside elevators) strikes again, this time killing
the bloke & strangling Alice to the point of unconsciousness, but not
death. When Alice comes round she realises Tracy is missing only to
discover that she has been burned alive. Since that awful day 4 months
previous Alice has been under the supervision & care of psychiatrist
Dr. Jonathan Meltzner (Richard Masur) in a mental institution. Alice
keeps on having visions of her daughter Tracy, but she's dead right? As
the visions continue Alice isn't so sure & homicide detective Kurt
Williams (Edward Albert) shares her suspicions as this particular
attack didn't fit the rest, the 'Kabuki Killer' left someone alive, but
why & why Alice? Is Alice crazy? Or is there more to the case than it
Directed by Greydon Clark I thought Out of Sight, Out of Mind was a one time watch thriller/mystery that is average at best & mind numbingly dull at worst. The script by Roy Langsdon & John Platt has an OK story at it's center but it takes itself far too seriously while the whole film comes across as slow & dull, I personally would think that Out of Sight, Out of Mind was far more suited as an hour long TV mystery rather than stretched out as an hour & a half feature film. I found myself constantly checking the time to see how long was left which lets face it, is a bad thing. Then there's the climax which is supposed to surprise everyone with a huge twist, right? Well I can tell you now that I pretty much figured out where the film was going & it's predictable twists, the whole thing is just too obvious to be effective or surprising. Plus there's the huge plot hole that destroys any credibility Out of Sight, Out of Mind might have had, I'm sorry but the police would be able to identify someones body even if it is burnt & you would not be able to steal a burnt body from a morgue & pass it off as someone else, I mean the police would actually check to see who the body belonged to rather than just assume, right? I also felt really sorry for the guy who was murdered in the elevator with Alice & Tracy at the start as no-one seems to give a toss about him & he never gets a mention from the police or Alice!
Director Clark films with all the style & flair of a cheap soap opera & as a result Out of Sight, Out of Mind is a bit of an eyesore. Forget about any ghosts, gore, violence or anything even remotely horror related as this is a murder mystery all the way & not the horror that the IMDb would have you believe. There are a couple of tame stabbings throughout the film otherwise it's PG stuff all the way.
Technically the film is alright, it's bland, dull & flat but it's competent if nothing else. The acting is OK but no-ones going to win any awards. Thinking about it I only watched it mere hours ago & I can't really remember what any of them even looked like.
Out of Sight, Out of Mind is watchable if your desperate & if your really dumb the twist ending might come as a surprise but generally speaking I personally think there are much better murder mystery films out there.
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