The Invisible Man Review
What’s It About?
An interesting new take on the classic story sees Cecilia escape from her controlling billionaire partner. He then commits suicide, but she is continually troubled by something she can’t see. Is she going mad, or did he fake his death?
Who’s In It?
Elisabeth Moss (Mad Men, Us, & more recently The Handmaid’s Tale)
Oliver Jackson-Cohen (Going The Distance, Dracula, & more recently The Haunting Of Hill House)
Other notables include:
Harriet Dyer (Killing Ground, No Activity, & more recently The Way We Weren’t)
Aldis Hodge (Straight Outta Compton, Hidden Figures, & more recently What Men Want)
Director: Leigh Whannell (Insidious: Chapter 3, & Upgrade)
After Universal’s attempt to franchise its classic titles in a Dark Universe with the universally disappointing The Mummy featuring Tom Cruise kicking things off with more a whimper than a bang, it prompted something of a rethink. Who’d have thought that these universe things aren’t so easy after all following Warner and DC’s attempts to emulate Marvel?
Well as a result the idea has been ditched, with Johnny Depp out the window, and horror master Leigh Whannell and horror puppetmaster Jason Blum taking control. With budgets no doubt reduced, it takes some of the pressure off, and enables the Blumhouse brand to do what it does best, turn out a strong horror and an even better return on investment.
The Invisible Man turns the tale a little on its head from the classic 1933 version. In this, the lead is actually Cecilia, a woman caught in an abusive relationship with a billionaire scientist. She finally manages to make her escape, but is terrified that he is going to come after her – until she is informed that he has committed suicide. But when strange things start happening to her, leaving her petrified, the question arises as to whether she has lost her mind, or he has somehow come back to terrorise her.
Nicely shot in a style that is a little slicker than previous Blumhouse movies, The Invisible Man really hangs on the central performance of Cecilia, played by the supremely talented Elisabeth Moss. Since bursting onto our screens in Mad Men, poor Elisabeth Moss has spent much of her on screen life being put through the mill, most recently in Us, and this is no exception. At times having to perform on her own, terrorised by an unseen force, Moss once again manages to convey our terror and a profound resilience making her perfect casting for this movie.
There is strong support from the likes of Aldis Hodge, Oliver Jackson-Cohen and Michael Dorman, but this is all about Moss.
In A Nutshell:
A great twist on the classic tale, with a supreme turn from Elisabeth Moss, which is likely to leave audiences without fingernails,
Elisabeth Moss is outstanding in the lead role
Maintaining the levels of tension throughout
A great twist on the story