Remember when we were going to get some kind of monster cinematic universe and this along with the 2019 Mummy was said to be part of it? I actually liked the idea of that, but it did not come to pass. Still, the remake of The Invisible Man is an interesting take on a real classic that manages to stand on its own two invisible feet as a solid thriller.
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The Movie Review
The movie is brought to us by Leigh Whannell. I am a massive fan of his with movies such as Insidious and the criminally underrated Dead Silence, as well as Saw, being part of his work. For this movie, he got the chance to reimagine one of the all-time horror/thriller classics and he does a great job.
The plot of the movie is quite interesting. Elisabeth Moss (see her also in the horror Us) plays the role of a woman called Cecilia. Cecilia is in an abusive relationship with a man called Adrian (Oliver Jackson-Cohen – see him in Netflix’s The Haunting of Hill House) and she has had enough. She manages to get away from this abusive relationship, but he kills himself. She along with her friend and his daughter tries to rebuild her life.
Things seem ok at first, but she starts to notice strange things. It is like there is an “invisible” presence that is stalking her and she is sure it is her ex-boyfriend. Some of the stuff that he does is pretty damn messed up and as a result, the movie has you on the edge of your seat. I have read mixed things on Cecilia.
Some people have said that she acts like a moron, but I think that is pretty harsh. I feel that Moss’s portrayal of Cecilia is great as she has been through hell due to the abuse, she suffered so it is understandable why she reacts the way she does. The movie does a great job of making you feel uncomfortable and the “science” behind the whole thing is pretty interesting.
One of the things that I really liked about the movie was its rather small cast of characters. I liked how for the most part, things were focused on Cecilia and there was not a lot of stuff thrown in just for the sake of doing so. I am not saying the movie is without plot holes, but it does make the movie more focused and as a result, it keeps you more invested in what is going on.
Many people could not get past a few of the strange plot holes that the movie has, most in relation to the technology used for The Invisible Man. I though think that this is the kind of movie that you cannot go into expecting a realistic kind of thriller. If you do this, you will not have a good time.
I had a great time with this movie. I thought that it was a rather clever way to reimagine a classic for a modern audience. The way that the movie is about an abusive relationship is done very well and it really adds to the way it makes you feel uncomfortable as you watch it. I for one like how we are getting these new takes on classic horror/thriller movies. However, I do kind of wish they kept to their vision of a shared universe.