Written By: JM
Edited By: Grave Reviews Staff
Director: Leigh Whannell
Screenwriter: Leigh Whannell
Producer: Jason Blum, Kylie du Fresne
Date Released: February 28 2020
Elizabeth Moss as Cecilia “Cee” Kass
Aldis Hodge as James Lanier
Storm Reid as Sydney Lanier
Oliver Jackson-Cohen as Adrian Griffin
Michael Dorman as Tom Griffin
Harriet Dyer as Emily Kass
Rating = 3.5/5 Graves
***May contain some spoilers***
A re-imagining of H.G. Wells’ classic novel, this adaptation follows Cecilia Kass who escapes her emotionally, manipulative and abusive boyfriend Adrian Griffin. Knowing that Adrian can track her movement with GPS-like technology, she goes into hiding and completely isolates herself from the world. However, all her worries of getting found by Adrian disappear when she hears the news that he recently committed suicide, or so she thinks. As she tries to move on with her life, away from the Adrian, an invisible figure begins stalking her and destroying her life. She soon suspects who this invisible being may be. With no one else believing or helping her, Cecilia is forced to fend off this entity alone.
The Invisible Man (2020) focuses primarily on building tension throughout the film but injects scenes of violence sporadically. These scenes of violence come in bursts after long stretches of rising tension. Moreover, The Invisible man excels at jump scare and high-tension moments, creating an unsettling feeling.
The Grave Review
The Invisible Man (2020) is well crafted and well directed. It gives the audience a fresh perspective of horror films and creates another fear, that is, the presence of empty spaces. When we watch horror films, especially those of the supernatural kind, we’re always wary as viewers that someone or something evil might suddenly appear in an empty space in the frame. Horror films such as these, have become predictable over the years because we’ve been accustomed to situations such as evil tormentors popping up in different empty spaces, whether it is in dark shadows, mirrors, or cabinets. But in this film, when the idea of an invisible man lurking around is introduced, you cannot help but look in all these spaces, searching for signs of this perpetrator. The magic is that the real terror is in the unseen. It’s like a little game that’s both exciting and terrifying.
Elisabeth Moss gave us a great performance that left an impression. Moss’ expressions provide the viewers with the notion of what transpired in her past during her relationship. This has been made visible in her expressions of fear as flashbacks and other suggestive recounts of her battered life is not present. An entire history of an abusive relationship is painted on her face, and it’s what created the intensity of terror in the film. The fact that this man is capable of inflicting horrific acts to this woman even after everything she has been through is even more disturbing and sends a deeper message.
Initially, Adrian’s role as a villain feels underdeveloped as he is no more an evil man with psychological problems. We’re put in the shoes of Cecilia, a woman who is constantly doubted and deemed crazy by those around her, and it’s frustrating as a viewer who is aware of the truth to watch her go through desperate measures just to prove that Adrian really is doing all these horrible things.
For the foregoing reasons, Grave Reviews gives The Invisible Man (2020) three and one-half graves out of five graves.
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