You’ll See The Invisible Man Coming From A Mile Away

The Stream: Predictable, full of holes, dumbfounding moments, and Moss’ face.

The Big Screen: One jaw dropping scene and anxiety abounds.

The Final Bill: Intense psychological thriller that is unbelievably not based on the Sci-fi nature.

– S2S: Movie Review and Trip Fontaine
Director: Leigh Whannell
Writers: Leigh Whannell (screenplay by), Leigh Whannell (story by) | 1 more credit »
Stars: Elisabeth MossOliver Jackson-Cohen, Aldis Hodge, Storm Reid | See full cast & crew »
Genre:  HorrorMysterySci-Fi
Rating: R (violence, slightly bloody, a little bit of language)
Runtime: 1 hour 52 minutes
Notable Trailers: Saint Maud, The High Note, The Hunt, Spiral, Tenet, Candyman, Run Sweetheart Run,

*heavy breathing in the background*

S2S: What is that sound?! Oh, wait it’s just Trip Fontaine panicking over The Invisible Man. Relax Trip! Catch your breath! I know we both viewed this film this week, but it’s over now. No one is following you. You’re much better looking than Elisabeth Moss. No way her crazy husband would want to follow you when he could do much worse. Anyway, we saw the remake/current day adaptation of The Invisible Man.

Trip: Don’t worry! I’m not scared. I’m never scared… except when Elisabeth Moss’ crazy eyes are staring me down. So, yeah, I didn’t, but should have, realized that this was an adaptation of H.G. Wells’ The Invisible Man. That didn’t entirely register with me until after the fact. Duh!

This The Invisible Man was written and directed by Leigh Whannell, and I’ll call it a modern adaptation inspired by Wells’ book. Elisabeth Moss plays Cecilia Kass, a woman who escapes a controlling relationship and her menacing, optics mogul beau, Adrian Griffin, played by Oliver Jackson-Cohen. Not to give too much away but Adrian commits suicide and Cecilia thinks he’s haunting her or is she just crazy – hijinks ensue(See The Trailer).

To be honest, I walked into the theater knowing exactly what was going to happen. There was only one legitimate plot twist that surprised me. In fact, my jaw may still be on the floor from that. Otherwise, this movie was a paint-by-numbers psychological thriller. Characters, specifically Moss’ Cecilia, make decisions that make absolutely no sense solely to further the story. Characters don’t say things that make any sense and do say things that no one would ever say, which was very frustrating. The script is cliched and predictable; but, of course, The Invisible Man original was published in the 19th century and has been adapted many times over. I would have hoped that Whannell could have done something truly original with the psychological thriller.

Elisabeth Moss is generally good here. She has the face of a woman who is being terrorized. She’s got these eyes that just bore into you. She does not need to do much to convincingly portray crazy, but she also is powerful. I do not fault Moss for the overall shortcomings of the movie. I’ll also commend the design of Adrian Griffin’s home. It is cold and angular, and exactly what you would expect of a rich, optics guys. The isolation and starkness of the surrounding echoes the relationship that haunts Cecilia.

S2S: More like she has a face that terrorizes…This is the only role she should play because it comes so naturally to her angular face. But that’s neither here nor there… continue my friend.

Trip: *ignores comments* The visual effects are hit or miss. There is a fight sequence that seems either poorly edited or the visual effects are inconsistent.

S2S: I’d agree the visual effects were hit or miss. In fact, the visual effects were just as inconsistent as the escape plan given to us in the beginning. Yet, the effects also added a bunch to the cool aspects of action sequences and the intensity of anxiety. So what she flies across the kitchen as if he some how has superpowers and her head is independent from her body *sarcasm abounds*…

S2S: Official Rating Scale

Trip: Well, even though The Invisible Man is hardly original and is fairly predictable, if you know that walking into the theater, is it worthy of a viewing? I would still say yes. There are jump scares that don’t feel entirely cheap. This is what you came for. As I stated before, there is one plot twist that is almost worth the price of admission itself. Ultimately, it is fun and satisfying – not scary, if that what you want, but thrilling nonetheless. I say worth a trip to the big screen with a popcorn to spill at those shocking moments.

S2S: I mean I generally agree with you but I think our readers deserve a little bit more. This movie is definitely a popcorn muncher but is it necessary to see on the big screen because of 2 good scenes? I think you can pass the movie theater ticket but you won’t be completely disappointed, if you did. This is at best a matinee movie but definitely a RedBox rental type of flick.