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The Invisible Man (2020)

Posted by JoshWhit

I’ve been wanting to see The Invisible Man since it came out. Since it was announced even.

Mainly because I really wanted there to be a Universal Studios Monster Cinematic Universe similar to the Marvel Cinematic Universe, but with how these movies have done at the box office…and the announcement of Universal Studios killing the project…I don’t foresee that happening for a while. 

Honestly, there has been like one good movie of the bunch and that was Godzilla. It even had the after-credits sequence to set it up. They still couldn’t continue the project. 

To be honest, I don’t even know if that counted as part of what they were trying to do, but it’s irrelevant because it isn’t going to happen now. 

Nonetheless, The Invisible Man was high on my list of anticipated movies of 2020.

I finally got around to seeing it, and just in time for Spooktober.

The 2020 iteration of The Invisible Man is based on the book by H. G. Wells. It was originally a serialized in a magazine and published weekly, but it has since been published in its entirety. 

The film takes the idea of a man being turned invisible, but it throws it into a 2020 setting. 

The modern movie is directed by Leigh Whannell, and starring Elizabeth Moss. It follows Elizabeth Moss’s character, Cecelia as she escapes her abusive ex (the relationship is never defined as dating or marriage). 

Just 2 weeks after she runs away, her sister announces to her that her ex, Adrian (Oliver Jackson-Cohen) had died from an apparent suicide. Starting with that night Cecelia feels a little uneasy. But then she gets called to Adrian’s brother’s law office to be told she is getting like 5 million dollars from Adrian’s will and it’ll be given int $100,000 increments. 

After this, Cecelia begins to feel haunted by Adrian, only to realize that he, using his background in optics, found a way to make himself invisible and faked his death. This invisible man begins to terrorize Cecelia for leaving Adrian.

The good of the movie is that it is a creative movie. I want to call it a slasher and the sole reason is that Cecelia grabs a kitchen knife at one point. There is nothing else that could make it a slasher, but I wanted to say that. 

Actually, it hits similarly to Shutter Island. It seems the main character is going crazy, and everyone around her is convinced this is the case. Even I, as a viewer, began to question her sanity. 

I guess that means that The Invisible Man is more of a psychological thriller with some science fiction basis and jump scares thrown in. 

No film is truly perfect…well most I should say.

But The Invisible Man has its own flaws too. First off, it’s a bit too predictable. 

Honestly, some of the stuff was so predictable that I didn’t even think that it was actually going to happen. I never felt a serious surprise in it. 

There was some stuff that made me jump, but I wasn’t ever really scared.

For a horror movie to really hit home, I think it needs to be more applicable to more people. So, when The Invisible Man tried to say this one bad guy was obsessed with this one random girl, it didn’t really connect with me. Especially because Elizabeth Moss isn’t like a supermodel or anything. Don’t get me wrong she is a very pretty woman, but she isn’t Victoria’s Secret model level. That made this obsession a little more off to me. All in all, The Invisible Man entertained me for 2 hours. It did its job well enough. I don’t think this is going to be a classic horror movie or anything, but it was definitely interesting. This would make for a great group movie night.

Rating: 3 out of 5.

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