From Universal Pictures and Blumhouse Productions comes ‘The Invisible Man,’ a new horror film written and directed by Leigh Whannell that uses the premise and title of the H.G. Wells novel of the same name.
Cecilia “Cee” Kass (Elizabeth Moss) escapes from her abusive scientist husband Adrian Griffin (Oliver Jackson-Cohen) with the help of her sister Emily (Harriet Dyer). Two weeks later, she is living with her sister’s friend James Lanier (Aldis Hodge) and his daughter Sidney (Storm Reid) only to hear from Adrian’s brother Tom (Michael Dorman) that her husband has committed suicide and left her a hefty inheritance. At first, Cee celebrates her good fortune and newfound freedom, but as mysterious things begin to happen around, such as seeing footprints appear or have things vanish, she doubts Adrian’s death and as she seems to grow more paranoid, her family and friends begin to doubt her sanity.
Originally slated to be part of the Universal Pictures “Dark Universe” of cinematic features, but the box office and critical failure of a few of the entries forced the company to reevaluate its properties. They decided to push the remake forward, but worked with Blumhouse to make it a standalone horror flick, which, in my opinion, was the right call.
As a thriller, this movie provides some truly terrifying moments. Everything from the music, the camera work, but more specifically, the sound. Since the film is an adaption of a famous novel where the antagonist is invisible, that was key to get right and one that the 1933 feature directed by James Whale. For this 2020 remake, Leigh Whannell does a good job of crafting the film in that regard. It all connects together in a fluid manner, making it a true thriller.
I also liked how the cast was kept to the minimum. That is always risky because then the story relies on the talent of the cast and, in this case, the gamble paid off. Elizabeth Moss is excellent Cee, doing a stellar job of portraying a woman being targeted by an unseen force. Aldis Hodge was also a powerhouse in this movie. I thought his acting skills really shined, especially in regards as the strong father figure. We need to show those in more cinematic contexts.
Bottom line, Blumhouse and Universal Pictures made an excellent remake with The Invisible Man. It provides genuine thrills and chills in the plot along with some excellent performances by the actors.
As an aside, I want to mention that someday I would like to see a straight adaption of the novel by HG Wells. A few films have used the themes and plot points, but all deviate significantly from the masterpiece. Hopefully, one faithful version will arrive.
PARENTAL CONCERNS: Some foul language, Violence, Scary images
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Check out the trailer below:
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