After a woman’s abusive boyfriend commits suicide and leaves her his fortune, she begins to suspect he faked his own death. As a series of coincidences turns violent, she must prove she is being hunted by someone invisible, before it is too late.
Most people know The Invisible Man for being one of Universal Pictures most recognizable movie monsters. While this horror thriller is a little different from the original 1933 film, its themes are still present in one major way. How most men can abuse their power and get away with it. This is largely depicted throughout Adrian (Oliver Jackson-Cohen), Cecilia’s aggressive ex-boy friend, who ends up doing a myriad of horrible things to her, through the entire movie. In this age of modern technology however, it is quite possible this could happen. Things are starting to change for victims, but since there is still a large majority out there who still need help, the film is able to show how it is not only a problem for females, but one that affects everyone if ignored.
The plot stays very basic, which is actually a good thing, due to the numerous twists and turns that happen near the second half of the movie. The film subverts the audience’s expectations often, leaving you entertained and terrified, as they are handled very realistically. At first, it is hard to understand what the story is building towards, but it ends up keeping the plot tense and on edge, as you are mostly experiencing the events through Cecilia’s (Elizabeth Moss) point of view. As she slowly starts to question her own sanity, the more you understand why she should be heard.
The score and sound design are both impressive, as the music enhances the tense scenes, but cuts out in the laid back moments, leaving the audience shocked when the scares happen. As for the sound design, anything can throw you off instantly, because it is able to put you in the character’s perspective, as you are seeing everything as it happens to them. Speaking of Moss, she and everyone else in the movie are fantastic. It is not to the levels of psychotic that Toni Collette went to in Hereditary, but her performance works perfectly for the story present. Aldis Hodge, Storm Reid, Harriet Dyer and Oliver Jackson-Cohen are all fantastic and the cinematography is strikingly beautiful, along with some visual cues early on, (including a nod to the original 1933 character, shown early on) that keep you interested throughout. There’s also a decent amount of humor, allowing the horror aspect to stay fresh.
There’s also a decent amount of humor, allowing the horror aspect to stay fresh. Even the CGI works well, despite the modest budget of $7 Million for the overall production. My only major issues with this here is that the story can be a bit predictable sometimes, but it was never an issue that came up a lot. Besides that, Leigh Whannell and Co. have crafted something so powerful, that it will stand as a benchmark for future horror films. Seeing it in a theater with Dolby Atmos will allow you to feel the tension and scares more often, then just waiting for DVD. The film also has some major spoilers, so supporting this film will allow you to avoid them, as well. A NEAR PERFECT MASTERPIECE.