Seeing Heaven – movie review
Sometimes I get the feeling that when a movie is being made that whatever reason the people making it had to make it, whatever messages they had in mind are just beyond me. I mean, I am sure that there is something else going on in Seeing Heaven but what it was exactly I am not sure, I just know that I didn’t get it.
Seeing Heaven is the story of Paul, a pretty boy happy to be just that, a pretty boy. Paul flits from person to person seeking a sexual connection that will put him in touch with the vague memory of his lost twin brother. Paul is a psychic obsessed with the disappearance of his brother and the masked man that pursued him before he vanished. Paul’s need to find his brother, to solve the mystery of his disappearance, puts him into riskier and riskier situations that begin to put his safety in question. His obsession leads him from man to man until he begins contemplating doing an adult film to see if he can find the last clues that will help him find his brother. As he chases this ghostly memory down the rabbit hole though those around him start to see the danger he is in and work to help Paul save himself before it is too late. Paul’s need for truth though pulls him deeper and deeper into danger, and toward the same darkness that may have taken his brother from him in the first.
While well made, I found it very hard to find a connection with Seeing Heaven. The movie is populated by pretty actors with very little skill at acting and the film plays out with no major twists or revelations and seems at times simply as an excuse to get attractive young actors half naked. The underlying message regarding risky sexual behavior is interesting but almost seems forced as to counter the preaching of safe sex there is another voice that tells Paul that the only real connection comes from unsafe sex. The biggest problem in the film is there just little to the story. It’s a guy looking for his brother, that’s it. We don’t see a crime necessarily, we don’t see a lot of active danger, and the climax is more sexual than revelatory. In the end the movie isn’t bad at all, it just doesn’t go anywhere. If you are looking for a lot of half naked actors getting it on, well, this is definitely the perfect film, but if you want a gripping drama, well, you will have to look elsewhere. A very well made movie, sadly, it comes out just as it is made, in soft focus that leaves you distant and empty at the end.
5 out of 10