Inspired by H.G. Wells‘ novel of the same name, this iteration of The Invisible Man was written and directed by Leigh Whannell (Upgrade, Insidious 3) and stars Elizabeth Moss (The Handmade’s Tale, The Kitchen).
Premise: The film follows Cecilia, who receives the news of her abusive ex-boyfriend’s suicide. She begins to re-build her life for the better. However, her sense of reality is put into question when she begins to suspect her deceased lover is not actually dead.
Review: The idea of invisibility has always been problematic for me. I’ve never really thought about as a super power, more of thing that would bring out your worst impulses. So seeing in the trailer that the Invisible man is essentially a stocker peaked my interest a bit. Because an invisible good guy is harder for me to buy into than a F*ed one.
The movie manages to deliver a grounded scary story that doesn’t vilify men, or showcases stupid victims. The film is gripping, and entertaining. The story is so cleverly woven that there is not a moment you’re taken out of the movie because of something stupid that was said or some shark jumping.
You feel as trapped and backed into a corner as Elizabeth Moss’ character does. It is very easy for anyone to feel for the character or imagine themselves in that situation. There’s no magic or mysticism here, it’s so realistic that you understand and get why everyone around her act and react the way they do, because you most likely would have reacted the same.
The shots and the score strikes the right tone, the acting is on point, Moss, Hodge, Reid, Griffin, Dyer, and Jackson-Cohen are amazing. It’s not a big cast but they make this movie feel big. It is a smart movie well worth your time and very well made.
The Invisible Man is a lesson in storytelling, acting, and life