All I See Is You (film)

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All I See Is You
All I See Is You (film).jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Marc Forster
Produced by
  • Craig Baumgarten
  • Jillian Kugler
  • Brian Wilkins
Written by
  • Marc Forster
  • Sean Conway
Starring
Music by Marc Streitenfeld
Cinematography Matthias Koenigswieser
Edited by Hughes Winborne
Production
companies
  • SC International Pictures
  • Wing and a Prayer Pictures
  • LINK Entertainment
Distributed by Open Road Films
Release date
  • September 14, 2016 (2016-09-14) (TIFF)
  • October 27, 2017 (2017-10-27) (United States)
Running time
110 minutes[1]
Country
  • United States
  • Thailand[2]
Language English
Budget $30 million[1]
Box office $344,331[1]

All I See Is You is a 2016 psychological romantic drama film directed by Marc Forster and written by Sean Conway. The film stars Blake Lively and Jason Clarke. It was screened in the Special Presentations section at the 2016 Toronto International Film Festival.[3] The film was released by Open Road Films (the company's final film) in around 250 theaters in the United States on October 27, 2017.[4]

Plot[edit]

When a blind woman, Gina (portrayed by Blake Lively), regains her sight after a corneal implant, she begins to discover the previously unseen and disturbing details about her life with her husband James (Jason Clarke).[5][6][7][8]

Gina and James have a happy marriage, despite Gina's dependence on James due to her disability. James appears to enjoy the dependence, saying that it makes him feel special. As they try for a baby, Gina prepares for a cornea transplant, which will restore the sight in one of her eyes. The surgery is a success, and Gina embraces her newfound independence. Immediately, her sex life with James suffers. To put the spark back into their marriage, James books them a holiday to Barcelona, promising Gina that he has reserved the same hotel room they had on their honeymoon. Upon their arrival, Gina claims the room is not the same, which James denies. Gina is later proven to be correct. During the trip, Gina is shown to be growing in independence and confidence while James is left behind, seemingly unable to connect to the version of her that no longer depends on him. Resentful of her diverted attention, James begins to show signs of possessiveness.

After Barcelona, they attempt to have sex on a sleeper train. James, blindfolded, demands to know who Gina fantasizes about when she masturbates, seemingly doubtful when she answers that she only thinks of him. Gina finally reveals that she does think of other men. James later rewatches a video of the encounter, obsessed with his helplessness and Gina's emotionless face.

Still in Spain, Gina and James arrive at Gina's sister's house. One night, Gina visits a peep show with her sister and brother-in-law. James declines their invitation to join and appears uncomfortable when Gina's brother-in-law jokingly suggests that Gina may find someone better-looking. Gina becomes agitated when a guy on the street grabs her ass as they walk back to the house. Her brother-in-law punches the guy. Gina is angry that James didn't stand up for her. Back at her sister and brother-in-law's house, James is mad at Gina for embarrassing him in front of her sister when she got mad at him for not sticking up for her.

Back home in Thailand, Gina begins to have trouble with her vision. As her eyesight worsens, it is heavily implied that James is diluting her eye drops with water, thus damaging the transplant. Confused and terrified by her returning blindness, Gina brings her eye drops to her doctor, who promises to test them for contamination. James learns that he is sterile but does not tell Gina.

While James purchases a new house at Gina's insistence, Gina engages in a flirtation with Daniel, an attractive man she has met at the public pool. When her dog overheats during a walk, Daniel offers to take them back to his home for water. There, he and Gina have sex. Gina later reveals to James that she is pregnant, unintentionally confirming her affair as she is unaware of James's infertility. James does not confront her. Similarly, when Gina learns from her doctor that her eye drops have been tampered with, she does not confront James. Their home is broken into and their dog is stolen.

Some time later, a visibly pregnant Gina has apparently regressed into her former blind self. She and James move into their new house. At one point, James tests Gina's blindness, intentionally hiding from her in plain sight. He makes plans to meet her at a local school for a talent show in which she is performing. While he is gone, Gina receives an anonymous letter, written in crayon, that reveals James was the one who staged the home invasion and released their dog. The writer claims to have rescued the dog but refuses to return it because "when I look into her eyes, she looks back at me, and that is what love is."

James goes to their old apartment to collect the last of his and Gina's belongings. In the bathroom, he uncovers a stash of empty eye drop bottles. He realizes that Gina discovered his deception and secretly continued to obtain eye drops from the doctor, meaning that she has been faking her blindness. Gina confirms this when she looks directly at him during the talent show. Distraught, James drives home in tears, impairing his vision and causing him to crash into an oncoming truck.

Home alone, Gina gives birth. She looks into her baby's eyes.

Cast[edit]

Production[edit]

In February 2015, Blake Lively and Jason Clarke joined the cast of the film, with Marc Forster directing from the screenplay he co-wrote with Sean Conway.[7] In June 2015, Yvonne Strahovski joined the cast of the film.[9]

Release[edit]

In October 2016, Open Road Films acquired U.S distribution rights to the film, and set it for a release on August 4, 2017.[10][11] The release was pushed back one month to September 15, 2017[citation needed], and then was pushed back again for a release date of October 27, 2017.[12]

Box office[edit]

The film at the end of its U.S theatrical run grossed $217,644, but as of April 1, 2018 has grossed $6,575 in Greece, $14,102 in Lithuania, $83,717 in Russia and $22,293 in the United Arab Emirates for an estimated worldwide total of $344,331.[1]

Home media[edit]

The film was released on DVD and Blu-ray on February 6, 2018.

Reception[edit]

On review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes, the film has an approval rating of 29% based on 51 reviews, with a weighted average of 4.6/10. The site's critical consensus reads, "All I See Is You hints at a number of intriguing questions with its premise, but they dissolve in a stylish yet empty psychodrama that fails to connect."[13] On Metacritic, which assigns a normalized rating to reviews, the film has a score 43 out of 100, based on 25 critics, indicating "mixed or average reviews".[14]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d "All I See is You (2017)". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved December 22, 2016.
  2. ^ Hunter, Allan (September 10, 2016). "'All I See Is You': Toronto Review". Screen International. Retrieved July 21, 2018.
  3. ^ "Toronto To Open With 'The Magnificent Seven'; 'La La Land', 'Deepwater Horizon' Among Galas & Presentations". Deadline Hollywood. July 26, 2016. Retrieved July 26, 2016.
  4. ^ "Long Range Forecast: 'Jigsaw,' 'Suburbicon,' & 'Thank You for Your Service' Close Out October; Will 'IT' Hit $70M Next Weekend? - BoxOffice Pro". Pro.boxoffice.com. 1 September 2017. Retrieved 11 November 2017.
  5. ^ "Blake Lively to Play Blind Wife of Jason Clarke in Indie Drama 'All I See Is You'". Thewrap.com. 26 February 2015. Retrieved 11 November 2017.
  6. ^ McNary, Dave (27 February 2015). "Blake Lively, Jason Clarke to Star in Drama 'All I See Is You'". Variety.
  7. ^ a b Jr, Mike Fleming (27 February 2015). "Marc Forster Sets Blake Lively, Jason Clarke For 'All I See Is You'". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved 11 November 2017.
  8. ^ "Blake Lively, Jason Clarke to Star in Marc Forster's 'All I See Is You'". The Hollywood Reporter.
  9. ^ Hipes, Patrick (June 9, 2015). "Yvonne Strahovski Emerges For 'All I See Is You'". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved October 31, 2016.
  10. ^ Pederson, Erik (October 25, 2016). "'All I See Is You': Open Road Sets 2017 Bow For Blake Lively-Jason Clarke Thriller". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved October 30, 2016.
  11. ^ McNary, Dave (October 25, 2016). "Blake Lively-Jason Clarke's 'All I See Is You' Bought by Open Road". Variety. Retrieved October 30, 2016.
  12. ^ N'Duka, Amanda (September 18, 2017). "'All I See Is You' Trailer: Blake Lively Regains Sight In Open Road's Upcoming Thriller". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved January 3, 2018.
  13. ^ "All I See Is You (2017)". Rotten Tomatoes. Fandango Media. Retrieved August 24, 2018.
  14. ^ "All I See Is You Reviews". Metacritic. CBS Interactive. Retrieved February 9, 2018.

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