The Invisible Man (2020)
The Invisible Man is a 2020 Australian-American science fiction psychological horror film written and directed by Leigh Whannell, loosely based on the novel of the same name by H. G. Wells. It is an international co-production of the United States and Australia. It follows a woman who believes she is being stalked by her abusive and wealthy boyfriend even after his apparent suicide. She ultimately deduces that he has acquired the ability to become invisible. The film was released in the United States on February 28, 2020, by Universal Pictures.
After staging his own suicide, a crazed scientist uses his power to become invisible to stalk and terrorize his ex-girlfriend. When the police refuse to believe her story, she decides to take matters into her own hands and fight back.
Why It Rocks
- Yet another great addition to the Invisible Man franchise.
- Elisabeth Moss' performance is great, maybe one of the best in her career.
- The movie modernizes the novel's plot, looking at timely themes within relationships. It also puts in a more feminist spin, especially in the era of #MeToo.
- It also explores the effect of gaslighting, which is something Cecilia's ex-boyfriend is doing to her.
- It also throws in a whole bunch of suspense, constantly keeping the viewers guessing throughout, similar to Alfred Hitchcock.
- There's a touch of sci-fi too.
- The special effects are well done and convincing, especially with the invisibility.
- The deaths are undeniably graphic and scary, especially with the throat slittings.
- Benjamin Wallfisch's score is great and adds up to the suspense.
- It is the first movie in the Invisible Man franchise where the invisibility doesn't come from chemicals.
- Adrian's character isn't fleshed out enough. We don't know how he and Cecilia got together, what she saw in him or if he started out good and then became bad.
The Invisible Man received generally positive reviews from critics and audiences, with praise for soundtrack, Moss' performance, its inventive modernization of the novel's plot, and the combination of scares with "a smart narrative about how people can be manipulated and abused in harmful relationships". Review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes reported that 91% of 351 reviews of the film were positive, with an average rating of 7.69/10. The website's critics consensus reads: "Smart, well-acted, and above all scary, The Invisible Man proves that sometimes, the classic source material for a fresh reboot can be hiding in plain sight." Metacritic calculated a weighted average score of 71 out of 100 based on 57 critic reviews, indicating "generally favorable reviews." Audiences polled by CinemaScore gave the film an average grade of "B+" on an A+ to F scale, and PostTrak reported it received an overall positive score of 76% and an average four out of five stars, with 53% of people they polled saying that they would definitely recommend the film.
- The movie was originally going to be a part of the Dark Universe, with Johnny Depp starring as the titular character, and Ed Solomon writing the screenplay, but changes were made to the Dark Universe to focus on individual storytelling and moving on from the shared universe concept after the box office failure of The Mummy (2017), which itself was an attempt to reboot the Dark Universe after the box office disappointment of Dracula Untold (2014).
- Due to the closure of movie theaters during the COVID-19 pandemic, Universal announced that the movie will be available to rent from Friday 20th March 2020 with 48-hour viewing windows for $19.99.