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Second Sight isn't a bad film as such; it just isn't any good. Easily
identifiable as a TV movie it's competently created, the acting is fine
and the camera moves well. However, a film like this relies on tension.
Second Sight has no pretences at being an action film, has minimal
(intentional) comedy and instead seeks to entertain through drama and
Unfortunately the characters fail to draw your attention, or sympathy, the plot is at best tenuous and the editing is frankly poor. While the dialogue is uninspired, the music is a bad identikit "cheap TV movie drama" collection that would have felt derivative in the 1970s.
In all, this is a film that is very much worth skipping.
Awakened from a nightmare involving a young woman being pursued up a
tower, Lexa Doig (as Jenny Morris) goes to work and has a frightening
vision. We learn Ms. Doig's sister was murdered by an abductor. We also
learn these new visions are terrifying sightings of a red-haired girl,
presently kidnapped by a pedophile. Doig has "Second Sight" about this
stuff, but nobody believes her. Visiting her sister's grave, Doig finds
what may be a kindred spirit in Ty Olsson (as Peter Pritchard).
Together they must find the latest little victim before it's too
The most engaging parts of this drama occur when the lead character is committed to, and escapes from, a sinister hospital. That creepiness is quickly dispensed with after Doig meets the missing girl's parents. The routine search continues to be interrupted by "Second Sight" visions. The origin and extent of this power is never really explained. At Doig's workplace, the girl seems to appear by herself also, it's hinted that the perpetrator or his sister may possess the same power. The main production strength is some nicely saturated color photography, by Randal Platt.
**** Second Sight (12/1/07) Allan Harmon ~ Lexa Doig, Ty Olsson, Hrothgar Mathews, Fulvio Cecere
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How many more "Psychic Isn't Believed by the Police so has to Solve the
Crime by Herself" dramas does WTV need to broadcast before we stop
watching? In fact, this movie isn't even isn't a really good example of
this overused genre. The plot is dull, predictable and plods towards
the inevitable ending where the psychic lady is rescued from the bad
guy and finally the police believe her. Well, this is WTV, after all,
where all the men are pigs and all the cops are unbelievably dense.
The only bright spot is the very comely Lexa Doig. Ms. Doig makes a very fetching alien from another planet but she doesn't come across as a credible lawyer. In Second Sight, either she doesn't have the range to make the transition from Science Fiction to drama or the writing isn't very good. I suspect that it's a bit of both. I know that Chick Flicks are supposed to be all about relationships but, during two hours, they could have included a few seconds of court time or executing a contract to flesh out the main character. My measure of a lawyer is whether I would want this person defending me against criminal charges in court. I wouldn't even want Lexa Doig's character to do up my mortgage. Maybe as my trophy wife, but not my lawyer.
Watch only if there's nothing better to do.
*** This review may contain spoilers ***
Second Sight tells the story of a woman whose childhood trauma seems to be repeating itself in the form of mental breakdowns as an adult. Only, the screenplay makes the fatal mistake of literally telling the audience that this has happened instead of showing us. The childhood trauma was that her best friend was kidnapped and murdered, and somehow Jenny was able to see it even though she was not at the scene. Only, nobody will believe her. The way that she was able to see it, and is still able to see what's going on, has the stupidest non-explanation I've ever seen in a quasi- supernatural thriller. It's so stupid I laughed out loud. Then there's the fact that *(big old spoiler ahead but it's a pet peeve so I'm bringing it up)* you don't meet the killer until way into the film's runtime. I hate when the movie throws you a few red herrings to keep you guessing, only to show you a complete stranger's face at the reveal. If you're going to do that it had better be done with some style so that the viewer feels unnerved and thrown off balance. I just felt frustrated.
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