All I See is You Blu-ray Review

'All I See is You' Blu-ray Review: Hindsight is 20/20

February 13, 2018Ben MK

With its Bangkok setting and a premise reminiscent of the Pang Brothers' The Eye, which told the story of a blind woman whose cornea transplant allowed her to see ghosts, it's easy to mistake director Marc Forster's All I See is You for a stylish horror-thriller. Looks, however, can be deceiving.

Ever since losing her sight in a car accident when she was a girl, Gina (Blake Lively) has been dependent on the kindness of others. For the past few years, though, it's been her husband, James (Jason Clarke), who's been looking after her. To everyone around them, Gina and James seem like the perfect, loving couple, but is their relationship really as rosy as it appears? Or is it built upon an unhealthy physical and emotional codependency that neither of them thought would ever really end?

When a doctor (Danny Huston) presents Gina with the opportunity to undergo a rare cornea transplant to help her regain the vision in her right eye, she slowly starts to see the ugliness that pervades through to the very core of her marriage. However, where Forster and his co-writer, Sean Conway, take the film once the eye-opening operation is complete certainly leaves something to be desired.

Less a coherent story and more a series of vignettes revolving around the couple's relationship, All I See is You bounces between plot points — from Gina and James' efforts to conceive, to the purchase of a new home, to a trip to visit Gina's sister and her family in Spain — but although each of these tangents brings with it its share of respectable performances, rarely do they ever connect in any meaningful way. Instead, the audience is left wondering what they ever saw in this movie to begin with.

All I See is You's Eastern and Mediterranean settings make for a pleasing visual experience. Image detail is clean and textures such as skin and fabric are nicely resolved, colors are vibrant and plentiful, and although black levels seem slightly on the inconsistent side, this appears to owe more to the color-timing than to be a problem with the 1080p transfer itself. Turning to the audio, the Dolby TrueHD 5.1 sound mix is crisp and clear, and does an excellent job immersing viewers in the heightened auditory sensations Gina experiences while blind, whether it's the sound of water flowing around her, city traffic or pulsating dance rhythms.

VVS Films' single-disc Blu-ray release contains no special features.

All I See is You is available from VVS Films as of February 13th, 2018. The Blu-ray features English and French Dolby TrueHD 5.1 tracks and is presented with English and French subtitles. The total runtime is 1 hr. 49 min.

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