The Invisible Man Review
Updated: Mar 14, 2020
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This is quite possibly the best iteration of an Invisible Man movie. The subject matter explored in the movie is highly relevant in today’s society, and the Invisible Man concept has been cleverly intertwined in between.
Viewers are hit with suspense as soon as the movie starts. Cecilia Kass, played by Elisabeth Moss, attempts to escape from her abusive boyfriend in the middle of the night. The feat is a success, but subsequently Cecilia is unable to leave the house in fear that her abusive ex is looking for her.
Shortly after we’re told that her abusive boyfriend has passed away, and then the suspense really kicks in. Is he really dead or is this some ploy to get to Cecilia when she least expects it?
A deliberate slow burning approach is taken in this movie. You may think something is about to happen, a big reveal right around the corner – but this doesn’t materialise more often than not. This works very well to consistently increase the tension the viewer feels, and when something explosive does finally happen it hits the audience very hard. You expect it, but you feel like you’re still not ready for it. Viewers will feel a non-stop rollercoaster of emotions, holding your breath at some points, widening your eyes at others, and just being left completely speechless at numerous intervals.
The Invisible Man strays away from many generic horror movie clichés which adds to the overall atmosphere and suspense. The camera and editing work are used to catch the audience off guard frequently. This keeps us all on the edges of our seats – we know something is going to happen at some point, we can probably even guess what’s going to happen, but we can never predict when it will happen. Horror movies should make viewers feel anxious and unsettled, and that’s something that isn’t lost on The Invisible Man.
The Invisible Man explores the theme of domestic abuse. More specifically the movie explores the way in which abusive males control and intimidate women in some relationships through stalking and alienation techniques. Terrifying experiences for a lot of women, so it’s apt that the horror genre has been used very effectively in this movie to depict these fears and bring them to life.
This review wouldn’t be complete without a special mention for Elisabeth Moss. She expertly conveys every emotion of horror, paranoia, and anxiety that Cecilia feels throughout the story. A job well done indeed.
The Not So Good
For all the unpredictability that’s offered on an individual scene basis in this movie, the only issue I had was with the overall predictable story and plotline. You kind of get an idea of exactly where the movie is going from the first 10-15 minutes of the start.
However, I get the feeling that the aim of this movie wasn’t to keep you guessing about what’s going to happen in the overarching story, but rather to keep you guessing about how we will get to the inevitable outcome. Something the movie does very well indeed.
Yes, The Invisible Man is a remake of movies that came before it. But, it is also so much more and shouldn’t be defined as only a reboot. The themes explored coupled with the excellent cinematography make this a completely unique experience, the likes of which you’ve probably never experienced before. The movie provides more than enough scares both on a visual and psychological level – and when you get those two elements right in a horror movie, you have a winner in your hands.
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