Updated: Mar 6
By TC Craig
The most effective element this film achieves unlike its predecessors is how it make suspenseful horror out of what you can't see. It really works. This is the film that I went into with expectations of seeing a science fiction film that included horror or suspense. Instead I got a suspenseful film with some horror elements and very little science fiction.
The original invisible man was published in 1897 by HG Wells and it became an iconic classic. A second film in 1933 became a success. This new take is not a remake but rather a reinvention, taking the ideas behind the original and twisting it around bringing in new elements, characters and motivations. The addition that I saw was more around the issues relating to domestic abuse and mental manipulation and not as much about science fiction.
Watching a scene with our main characters shuttering in fear because someone they fear but can't see is in that same room with them, watching, listening, stalking, and that works brilliantly in this film.
Having refreshed my memory on the original invisible man, and the remake in 1933 It's easy to see that this is an original out of the box story that can and will be told over and over again. But it's not always good to tell a story for the sake of retelling it. A re-adaptation and refreshing approach can always make it all the more interesting, and opens up plenty of room for debate. As with the invisible man our debate rages on as to whether we just saw something truly powerful or a failed attempt to recreate and retail a story for the ages.
CAST: Elizabeth Moss, Oliver Jackson-Cohen, Aldis Hodge, Harriett Dyer, Storm Reid
Watch the trailer for The Invisible man here
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.
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