The Invisible Man

The Invisible Man

What You Can't See Can Hurt You

20202 h 04 min
Overview

When Cecilia's abusive ex takes his own life and leaves her his fortune, she suspects his death was a hoax. As a series of coincidences turn lethal, Cecilia works to prove that she is being hunted by someone nobody can see.

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Director Leigh Whannell
Runtime 2 h 04 min
Release Date 26 February 2020
Details
Movie Media VoD
Movie Status Available
Movie Rating Very good

I originally dodged this movie for two reasons. #1, from the trailer I thought it looked lame. The first part of the trailer has this whole “is Elisabeth Moss’ character crazy or is there really an Invisible Man?” thing going on. And then it’s just like, “Oh, no, there’s an Invisible Man.” And I took that as the trailer just giving too much away, as trailers tend to do. #2, Vincent Price is one of my all-time favorite actors and I really didn’t expect this movie to outdo his classic Invisible Man film. But I was bored one weekend, and then this popped up, so I watched it anyway. And I’m very glad I did.

This is one of those adaptations that’s mostly in name only. Aside from the titular Invisible Man’s last name being Griffin, this movie has little in common with the original H.G. Wells story. If you’re not familiar with the original story, it’s about a man who makes an invisibility drug and can’t change back. Now, the original movie has madness as a side effect of the formula. The book implies that Griffin was always kind of nuts and being invisible just pushed him over the edge. So, in that way, this remake is more in line with Wells’ book than the original movie was. But the similarities stop there.

Now, the biggest difference is that this story isn’t really about the Invisible Man. In older versions, the Invisible Man was our protagonist. In this film, he’s more of a driving force as we follow Elisabeth Moss’ character Cecilia (“Cee”). The whole invisibility thing isn’t really the catalyst of this story. It’s about Cee trying to get away from her abusive husband. You could remove the “Invisible Man” element and large parts of this story would still work. They’d be harder to pull off, but they could still work in theory.

And it’s really Moss’ performance that sells this film. The Invisible Man aspect puts her in a situation that a lot of people are really unfortunately in: no one believes her. The fantastical elements make her situation a lot more extreme than a real-world scenario, but that core element remains the same. And that element, in no small part due to Moss’ amazing performance, is what makes this film so good.

I went into this movie with pretty low expectations, but it’s a good movie. Not just a good horror movie, mind you, but a good movie. That is extremely difficult to pull off in the horror genre. They really took the basic idea of the Invisible Man and put an incredible modern spin on it. And this movie was made on only a $7 million budget; it looks amazing for that. Good movie in general, great movie if you love horror.

March 28, 2021

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