I Am Watching You (2016) Madeline Zima, Brian Ames, Lilan Bowden, Lesley-Anne Down - movie review on The Movie Scene

I Am Watching You (2016)   2/52/52/52/52/5

Madeline Zima in I Am Watching You (2016)

Thou Shalt Not Covet thy Neighbour's Hot Body

It's been 3 months since Nora Nichols (Madeline Zima) and her ex parted company as they wanted different things out of life and since then she has struggled to focus on writing her romance blog. But she has found herself becoming more and more intrigued by her handsome neighbour Lucas (Brian Ames) who she has been secretly watching from her window as it looks in to his bedroom and being a fan of romantic fiction fantasising about as well. As Norah attempts to take things further with Lucas, finding herself inspired by him when they start hooking up she realises that maybe she is not the only voyeur in her world.

As a movie lover first and reviewer second the one thing I hope for when I watch a movie is to be captivated by something positive, something right which I will be remember the movie for. Sadly as someone who watches a fair few Lifetime movies it is often something negative which makes a movie memorable and it is something negative which sticks out when it comes to "I Am Watching You". That is so much of the acting feels forced from Nora going to give Lucas a hug and her hair getting tangled in his beard to her sexual fantasy about him as she secretly watches from her window. But it is not just the main stars who force the acting, a friend who is loud and full on when it comes to Nora getting some is so painfully bad it makes you cringe.

Brian Ames in I Am Watching You (2016)

Cringe is also how much of the movie makes you feel when it comes to the soft eroticism which more often than not feels little more than an excuse to have Brian Ames taking his shirt off as often as possible. And in a case of equality every now and then you will have Madeline Zima walking around in her underwear. Maybe there will be those who enjoy this soft eroticism, this just post the watershed sort of eroticism which gets edited down if a movie was to air the movie earlier in the day and wouldn't be any worse for losing it.

But here is the thing; beyond the bad acting and soft eroticism the storyline which sees Nora paying for her actions when it comes to using Lucas as inspiration is forgettable and uninteresting because quite simply the eroticism and "hotness" of its stars dominates the movie for too long. In truth by the time "I Am Watching You" tries to move on from focusing purely on the eroticism it had lost me and was unable to draw me back in when the danger inevitably begins to mount.

What this all boils down to is that maybe there is a demographic out there who will find the soft eroticism of "I Am Watching You" coupled with the body of Brian Ames entertaining but for me I needed something more and sadly that never came.