Thursday, March 5, 2020

The Invisible Man (2020) - In Theaters

Movie Name/Year: The Invisible Man (2020)
Genre: Horror, Mystery, Sci-Fi
Length: 124 minutes
Rating: R
Production/Distribution: Goalpost Pictures, Blumhouse Productions, Dark Universe, Universal Pictures, NOS Audiovisuais, Toho-Towa, United International Pictures (UIP), Universal Pictures International (UPI), Universal Pictures
Director: Leigh Whannell
Writer: Leigh Whannell, H.G. Wells
Actors: Elisabeth Moss, Oliver Jackson-Cohen, Aldis Hodge, Storm Reid, Michael Dorman, Harriet Dyer, Amali Golden, Benedict Hardie, Zara Michales, Sam Smith, Anthony Brandon Wong, Bianca Pomponio, Dennis Kreusler, Michael Knott, Randolph Fields

Blurb from IMDb: When Cecilia's abusive ex takes his own life and leaves her his fortune, she suspects his death was a hoax. As a series of coincidences turn lethal, Cecilia works to prove that she is being hunted by someone nobody can see.

Selina’s Point of View:
In my Top 20 article for February, I made sure to state that I would be pissed if The Invisible Man didn’t measure up to its trailer. I’m happy to tell you that I am not pissed at all. In fact, I am very – VERY – happy.

This is not a short movie. It’s rough to live up to a runtime that breaks 2 hours. This one did. I was on the edge of my seat for the entire film. I’m not sure I blinked. Every single scene kept me invested and aware.

I know it goes by horror, but I would consider this movie more of a thriller – and a really good one, at that. I mean, the Invisible Man is an old, well-known, horror icon… but even knowing that, there were times I had to wonder if it was actually a psychological thriller. The movie pulled off showing things from the main character’s perspective gloriously. But they also showed things from the antagonists view point without doing it overtly. That definitely made it feel more thriller-like.

Through the use of camera angles, you can clearly see what the antagonist is doing and seeing. You don’t really hear him speak for the majority of it, but because of the camera movements, you’re kept 100% aware of what he’s seeing. You know about stuff that the protagonist doesn’t realize he’s seeing. It immediately thrusts the creep factor up to max.

Elisabeth Moss (The Handmaid’s Tale, Us, The Pack) is an artist. She perfectly portrayed an abused woman scared to be found. The tastes of PTSD were outstanding.

I do wish the ending were a little less predictable. I called it from the first act. I’m glad I went to see this one alone or I might have accidentally spoiled it for whomever I’d seen it with. If you’re not paying attention to the foreshadowing, though, it might not be that obvious.

I think this is the best incarnation of The Invisible Man that I’ve ever seen. I want more of this.

Rotten Tomatoes Critic Score – 91%
Rotten Tomatoes Audience Score – 88%
Metascore – 71/100
Metacritic User Score – 7.2/10
IMDB Score – 7.6/10
CinemaScore – B+

Trust the Dice: Selina’s Rating5/5

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