Write what you are looking for and press enter to begin your search!

Logo
live-news-icon

Live News

Like a Dragon Infinite Wealth, Company of Heroes 3 & More Get Big Discounts in SEGA Early Bird Summer 2024 Sale: In an intense match, the Lone Wolves came out victorious. Read all about the big night here // Tekken Celebrates 30th Anniversary With Fandom Art Campaign: In an intense match, the Lone Wolves came out victorious. Read all about the big night here // Conscript is a WW1-Inspired Survival Horror Coming Later this Year: In an intense match, the Lone Wolves came out victorious. Read all about the big night here
post-16 post-13

The Invisible Man Brings Classic Monster Close To Reality In Chilling Thriller

The Invisible Man has been a fixture of science fiction and literature for more than a century. This new reimagining by Saw franchise co-creator and horror veteran Leigh Whannell is the first modern movie adaptation of H.G. Wells’ classic since 2000’s Hollow Man starring Kevin Bacon and Thanos.

In a world where corrupt individuals abuse and exploit to their hearts’ delights, how scary can an Invisible Man be in this day and age? Very much, it seems, especially when that Invisible Man is the abuser in question.

Now You See Him…

Invisible Man (2020)

The premise of The Invisible Man is a simple but harrowing setting. It’s the tale of a victim trying to escape from their abuser. In this case, the movie highlights how a victim can still be under the thrall of their abuser long after the fact.

The psychological ramifications and damaging effects linger, as protagonist Cecilia Kass (Elisabeth Moss) suffers from fear even after her violent and controlling genius scientist ex-boyfriend, Adrian Griffin (Oliver Jackson-Cohen), allegedly commits suicide. In the aftermath, she remains extremely traumatised, afraid of even going out the confines of home, feeling unsafe everywhere she goes.

Throughout the movie, her condition deteriorates, as her sense of paranoia and anxiety increases, resulting in a chilling and uncomfortable atmosphere. This movie builds palpable tension and dread in every scene, without having to rely on cheap jumpscares. Think something in the vein of Ari Aster’s Hereditary or Midsommar.

This exploration of abuse in a horror lens is disturbing and distressing, so The Invisible Man probably won’t be for anyone who’s looking for a harmless horror movie to catch in their free time. However, it’s not completely nuanced or complex either, despite featuring a number of plot twists and shocking turn of events.

The Invisible Man 6

In previous adaptations, The Invisible Man has always been a guy who has to go naked in order to become invisible, which is both funny and creepy in equal measure. I won’t spoil the source of this new Invisible Man’s invisibility, but suffice it to say, the character has been updated to be more believable and plausible for a modern audience.

This version of The Invisible Man is both an actual abuser and an allegory of sorts for all abusers in general. In the real world, abusers often resort to gaslighting and manipulation to hurt their victims, but they hide their true nature from other people, so in a way, they’re already… invisible.

You wouldn’t know it from watching The Invisible Man that the production budget for this movie is less than US$10 million. Horror movies often have similarly low budgets, but The Invisible Man is more proof that you don’t need big budgets to make a well-made horror flick with high production values.

…Now You Don’t

The Invisible Man (2020)

Elisabeth Moss is the MVP of The Invisible Man. She has perfected the art of portraying abused and distressed women after several seasons of The Handmaid’s Tale (which she actually won an Emmy Award for). This role as Cecilia was practically made for her, as she gives yet another award-winning performance.

Her raw portrayal of Cecilia is painful yet captivating, as she spirals further and further into despair due to the actions of the Invisible Man. The supporting cast members are just as engaging as Cecilia’s detective friend James Lanier (Aldis Hodge) and his daughter Sydney Lanier (Storm Reid) takes her into their family after her escape from abuse, with help from her sister Alice Kass (Harriet Dyer).

THE INVISIBLE MAN

The first arc of The Invisible Man may seem predictable at first, but things kick into high gear in the last two-thirds of the movies. Director Whannell shows off his action chops from 2018’s Upgrade with dynamic shots of stellar choreography and camera work. Even if you find the first half of the movie a bit too slow, the second half is sure to fix that with a breakneck change of pace.

The Invisible Man is longer than most horror movies. Thanks to the movie’s tight plot and pacing, you won’t really feel the two-hour-long runtime passing by. However, those used to lighter and more conventional horror fare may find the movie dragging at times. If you want generic ghosts and demonic nuns, there are always other options out there.

New Age Of Horror?

THE INVISIBLE MAN

The Invisible Man is not part of the failed Dark Universe shared cinematic franchise, which started and ended with 2017’s The Mummy reboot. Instead, it is the start of Universal’s new effort and plans to remake and reimagine their classic movie monsters like Frankenstein and the Werewolf with standalone stories.

If The Invisible Man is any indication, we’re probably in good hands for whatever Universal monster movie remake comes out next, though that ultimately depends on the creative talent involved at the end of the day. Still, The Invisible Man is a phenomenal updated take on an iconic movie ‘monster’.

FINAL SCORE: 80/100

The Invisible Man opens in Malaysian cinemas on 5 March 2020. We caught the movie via press screening, courtesy of United International Pictures Malaysia Sdn Bhd.


 

Related News

post-07
New Mutants Trailer Unveils First Look At Magik's Soulsword

20th Century Fox's The New Mutants is finally going to see the light of day, as it receives a brand new full-length trailer in anticipation for its up...

post-07
Prime Video Weaves A Spell In The Wheel Of Time Season 2 Trailer

Today, Prime Video released the first Season Two trailer for its hit fantasy series The Wheel of Time. This exclusive trailer finds the show’s belov...

post-07
The Marvels Gets New Poster, Delayed To November 2023

Marvel Studios has announced that The Marvels has been delayed to 10 November 2023. The sequel to 2019's Captain Marvel was originally slated to relea...

Write a comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Tournament Tool Kit

Kakuchopurei Community

Popular Posts

post-17
XDefiant: The Best Guns To Dominate Pubs
post-17
Street Fighter 6: How To Find Akuma In World Tour Mode
post-17
Senua’s Saga: Hellblade 2 Review: An Odyssey Like Any Other?
post-17
Diablo 4 Season 4: The Best Builds Per Class To Get To Level 100 Fast!
post-17
Diablo 4 Season 4: Tempering & Masterworks Guide
post-17
V Rising Everything You Need To Know About Stygian Shards
post-17
Summer Of Gaming 2024 Schedule: Video Game Live Streams & Showcases
post-17
Vampire Survivors: Operation Guns Contra DLC – All New Evolutions & Unlocks
post-17
Vampire Survivors: The Best Builds For Each Stage
post-17
Hades 2 Guide: All Incantations And Effects At Hecate’s Cauldron
post-17
Hades 2: All Boons List & The Best Ones
post-17
Eiyuden Chronicle: Hundred Heroes – 11 Tips To Get Ahead In This JRPG
post-17
Eiyuden Chronicle: Hundred Heroes Review – Rally Forth
post-17
Final Fantasy VII Rebirth Queen’s Blood Guide: The Best Cards & Decks
post-17
Introducing The Kakuchopurei YouTube Membership Program!
post-17
Palworld: All The Guides You Need For 2024’s Surprise Survival Game Hit
post-17
Prince Of Persia: The Lost Crown Walkthrough & Guide
post-17
Delicious In Dungeon Starts The New Year Tastefully
post-17
The Games Of 2024: Our Picks & Highlights
post-17
Main Game: How To Watch Malaysia’s Best Video Game Show Created By Kakuchopurei & RTM
post-17
Marvel’s What If…? Crew Explains Why They Went 3D Over 2D & A Scrapped Episode That Was Too Close To GOTG 3
post-17
Hawkeye Episode 6 Finale Easter Eggs & Breakdown
post-17
We Talk To Hayden Christensen About Star Wars, Sequels, & Prequels
post-17
Sea Of Stars Might Get DLC Post-Launch
post-17
The Book Of Boba Fett Episode 7 Breakdown & Easter Eggs Explained