Cecilia (Elizabeth Moss) escapes from her abusive boyfriend. Two weeks later she is still living in fear, but she’s soon informed that her ex-boyfriend has committed suicide. Cecilia inherits a large fortune from his will. Now feeling free of her dark past, she tries to move on and start a new life. All is going well until she begins to have suspicions that her dead ex-boyfriend might not be dead after all. Now a mysterious “Invisible Man” figure is destroying her life and the ones around her.
Walking into my preview screening, I was extremely excited to see a film bringing “The Invisible Man” back into the horror and thriller genre. While the title feels like a remake, I welcomed it because it feels so long since movie lovers had An Invisible Man film (Hollow Man – 2000 comes to mind).
Elizabeth Moss does a fantastic job playing the lead. A character who is dealing with an abusive past and questioning a new “invisible presence” would be a challenge to play on screen, but I’m proud to confess that she’s quite enjoyable in this role.
As for suspense, there is lots of it here. For the most part, these moments were creative, and it’s obvious the director is avoiding the typical jump scares.
However, as a plot, I found “The Invisible Man” predictable to the point where it even annoyed me. Perhaps some viewers won’t be bothered with element like myself. When questions are raised earlier in the film and viewers instantly know the answer before the reveal at the end that’s a movie in. I feel a couple of better edits for these predictable twists would have made them more “invisible” to figure out. This also takes away moments of enjoyment and shock when a film is consistently apparent.
As for effects they were also great. There is lots of creativity as to how this invisible presence starts to ruin Cecilia’s life and haunt her. I can’t speak negatively about the visual effects. The film’s audio was also a nice compliment to the visuals as it felt futuristic and gave a sci-fi vibe, similar to films such as “Upgrade” 2018 (same director).
Overall, The Invisible Man gave me expectations of something new with a fresh type of story. While the film’s CGI effects, suspense & performances are generally solid, the film’s plot and key moments were incredibly predictable throughout. As you can understand, this takes away all the pleasure I truly wanted to have from this film. Overall it’s still enjoyable to be sure, but I confess, I wish it were better.
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Review Written by Peter Walkden