Zengrrl’s Movie Review: The Invisible Man (2020) .. #TheInvisibleMan #Horror #MovieReview

Zengrrl's Movie Review: The Invisible Man

The Invisible Man is a 2020 sci-fi horror film loosely based on based on the novel of the same name by H. G. Wells, though it really has more in common with the 2000 film Hollow Man.

We meet Cecilia Kass (Elisabeth Moss) as she is attempting to leave her wealthy, violent, and controlling partner, Adrian (Oliver Jackson-Cohen). She has drugged him and is working to disable the house”s high-tech security, finally escaping with the help of her sister, Emily (Harriet Dyer).

She seeks safety in the house of her friend Detective James Lanier (Aldis Hodge), and his teenage daughter, Sydney (Storm Reid). She is highly traumatized and on constantly on guard.

After a few weeks pass, she learns that Adrian has killed himself because she wouldn’t return to him. She then learns from his brother Tom (Michael Dorman) that Adrian has left her a $5 million trust.

She feels safe now that Adrian is dead, but then strange things start happening around, and even to her. She becomes convinced Adrian isn’t actually dead but is somehow stalking her and doing horrible things.

Is she right, or is she just reliving the trauma and going crazy? It will take everything Cecilia has learned about, and from, Adrian to prove he is still trying to kill her, and how he’s doing it. The movie isn’t called The Invisible Man for nothing.

Overall, The Invisible Man works largely because of Moss, whose performance really makes us feel Cecilia’s fear and doubts. The story also works the horror on several levels – the main story of Cecilia and her friends and family being in danger, and the sub-story of how far a domestic abuser will go to not let somebody out of his control.

Director Leigh Whannell, who also wrote the script, is a master of horror pacing, and this film really makes the most of every minute. I also appreciate he made it scary without using a lot of gore. Don’t get me wrong, I love gore when it makes sense, but not just to say it’s a horror film.

I’m giving The Invisible Man (2020) a 4 out of 5 stars.



Director: Leigh Whannell
Cast: Elisabeth Moss, Aldis Hodge, Storm Reid, Harriet Dyer, Michael Dorman, Oliver Jackson-Cohen



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