I wanted to like this movie because I am a big fan of director Leigh Whannell’s last movie “Upgrade“. 15 minutes into the movie, I felt I was in good hands. I REALLY like this movie.
The Invisible Man is a psychological thriller that has a particular goal in mind, and manages to accomplish it incredibly well. Elisabeth Moss plays Cecilia, a young woman who is in a destructive relationship with her millionaire boyfriend Adrian. She makes an escape plan with the help of her sister (played by Harriet Dyer) and with the help of family friends Detective James Lanier and his daughter Sydney (played solidly by Aldis Hodge and Storm Reid). A little while after her escape, Cecilia gets word that Adrian has committed suicide. As she tries to reclaim her life, now free from torment, some unusual incidents keep happening, causing everyone to question Cecilia’s sanity.
Leigh Whannell creates a unique visual style here that almost demands the audience’s complete attention. He points the camera at empty rooms, letting the shot linger, causing you to question if you’re actually looking at something. When the terror does make an “appearance”, it’s jolting and riveting because you’ll immediately want to see what the will characters do next.
Elisabeth Moss is fantastic here. There’s a lot of different emotions that have to be conveyed convincingly, and she nails them all. The terrorizing actions of the Invisible Man really made me root for her to solve this mystery and hopefully start fighting back.
There’s definitely some “B Movie” antics during the third act that bends the real world believability in some situations, and it definitely wants to pour a extra sauce into the characterizations to show that this isn’t just a “B Movie”, but a psychological “film”. It’s also rated R, but a few editing nips and tucks and this is easily a PG13 flick, so not too disturbing.
A solid thriller/horror movie that accomplishes exactly what it was intended for, while not succumbing to the familiar traditional clichés from Blumhouse Pictures
4 out of 5 stars
“Marquee Mark” Markellus