I’m a ‘The Invisible Man’ noob! I haven’t read the book and I haven’t seen the original film series. Maybe I’m like you… or maybe your cursor is already moving up to the top right of your screen to silence my noob words and opinions. If that’s the case, thank you for stopping by and I hope you find a more knowledgeable reviewer *guilt-inducing hug so you’ll stay*
Trapped in a violent, controlling relationship with a wealthy and brilliant scientist, Adrian (Oliver Jackson-Cohen), Cecilia Kass (Elisabeth Moss) escapes in the dead of night and disappears into hiding, aided by her sister (Harriet Dyer), their childhood friend (Aldis Hodge) and his teenage daughter (Storm Reid).
But when Cecilia’s abusive ex, commits suicide and leaves her a generous portion of his vast fortune, Cecilia suspects his death was a hoax.
As a series of eerie coincidences turn lethal, threatening the lives of those she loves, Cecilia’s sanity begins to unravel as she desperately tries to prove that she is being hunted by someone nobody can see.
OKAY. So right from the beginning I was hooked. The ominous clifftop house, the crashing waves, the clever way they revealed the film’s title and the whole first sequence MY GOODNESS. The Invisible Man will have you glued to your seat from beginning to end. It builds suspense so masterfully. Never before has a camera pan to an empty hallway or room, that literally has nothing happening in it, been so damn freaky! Watch it and just TRY to tell me you were bored even for a second! JUST TRY. See what happens. I’ll know you’re lying. While not without flaws (some of the minor characters got a little carried away and a very small amount of cringy dialogue among other things), The Invisible Man is a solid thriller.
Brilliant direction from Leigh Whannell and terrifying camera work aside, the casting choices are really what brought this film to life. It was really cool to see Kiwi actor, Michael Dorman, taking on the significant role as the brother of Adrian (the super intelligent and rich abusive guy). He really nailed the role. He was unsettling and a little pathetic – and after a brief social media stalk, I can confirm that he doesn’t seem that way at all in real life. He was, in fact, acting (rather well).
Aldis Hodge as Cecilia’s long-term friend, James, was also really great. Way too good-looking for there to have been no history there…but really great. He was borderline becoming too good and decent to be a real human, but he ended up a well-rounded character (biceps aside).
But, as you might expect, Elisabeth Moss was phenomenal as Cecilia Kass. After seeing her in Mad Men and The Handmaid’s Tale she was the sole reason I wanted to see The Invisible Man and she DID NOT disappoint. She played the part to perfection. I can’t say too much about her character or how she develops without getting into spoiler territory, but trust me, she is this movie and she will suck you into it’s drama and suspense and drag you down with her.
So if you’re looking for a thrill, some shocking frights and a generally unsettling yet lovely time – I highly recommend The Invisible Man. Grab your jumpiest friends, tell them it’s a rom-com and have a great night!