Movie Reviews: The Invisible Man




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     Universal (1 hr. 50 min)
     When Cecilia's (Elisabeth Moss) abusive ex Adrian (Oliver Jackson-Cohen) takes his own life, she suspects his death is a hoax.
     Elisabeth Moss, Aldis Hodge, Storm Reid, Harriet Dyer, Oliver Jackson-Cohen, Benedict Hardie
Bottom Line:

Jon Rutlege

This current revision of “The Invisible Man” is a prime example of the winning strategy at Blumhouse Productions – it’s freaking outstanding. The failed shared universe that Dark Universal started with the “Mummy,” should have started with “The Invisible Man.” This picture would have given the filmmakers the momentum to start building a franchise worth seeing. The whole idea of an invisible force that you know is there, but no one else can see, or understand what you are going through. The script does an excellent job of bringing us along with the main character as she struggles to make everyone understand what she is going through. The filmmakers employee the philosophy of Alfred Hitchcock in sharing with the audience all of the information they need to create their own feeling of suspense. The Writer/Director (Leigh Whannell) create as close to the perfect cinema experience I have had in a long time. 

Cecilia (Elisabeth Moss) plays a woman who escapes an abusive relationship. Her husband takes his own life, but now she’s free only to be harassed by a monovalent being. That is more of a slug line than an outline. Trust me, it’s for a good reason. There is a fresh connection between the trailer and the movie. I suggest watching the trailer right before you see the film. 

There are no a bad performances in this film. Aldis Hodge (Hidden Figures, Leverage) proves his screen presence in this film.  His long career in television is exceptional, but he needs to spend more time on the big screen.  He could carry a film.  Moss (The Handmaid's Tale) is so strong in this film she carries an entire scene with no other actors on the screen. She pulls it off, she takes us along her treacherous path, and you feel every spin tingling step. 

What makes this a good film is how they develop the characters, and the effects are seamless. The mark of a great movie is how the story outweighs the technical aspects of the film. “Forest Gump” had a lot of special effects that were utterly overlooked as effects elevated the story. The same goes for “The Invisible Man.”  The invisible entity affects the real world, and that presence enhances the performances and the story. 

Universal has learned the wrong lesson from the shared universe stories from Marvel. It's not that all of the stories interact with one another, and they all share the same space. It's that each individual story stands on its own, and just happens to share the same space.  We did not arrive at “End Game” because it was all effects and characters crossing into each other's films. We grew to love the characters individually, each character has to stand alone. “The Invisible Man” could be the cornerstone of that same kind of magic.

There are some intense emotions in this film. The journey that Cecilia takes is profoundly emotional and, at times, hard to watch. You won't be able to close your eyes, but you also won't see what is coming next. 

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