The Invisible Man: Movie Review
By: Arniel Lucban
The Invisible Man sets a new bar for a different kind of scare that injects the fear underneath the skin. After coming up short with the start of the classic monster phase with The Mummy, they managed to come up with something big that doesn’t usually relies on the jump scares and on the sudden change of visuals. This reboot tries to bring something fresh on the table with unexpected escalation of fear and intensifying the emotion to the highest level. The film doesn’t overuse the decent scare tactics and continues to impress especially at the third act. We also love how the film was too keen into details with mind disturbing scenes. Simple yet effective, the film uses a slow growth for fear and tension at the first half. That is a nice phase for the villain to embed his methods of terror while the victim scales well with the terrorized feeling. It stayed through one path, focusing on a single core problem – the invisible man itself and how to prove that she isn’t crazy. In short, this is an effective psychological thriller that results in an ill-gusting idea of a well-written horror story.
Seasoned director and writer, Leigh Whannel who also directed Insidious: Chapter 3, did put in his classic idea of fear and lets the monster grow and slowly making the fear creep on the story. Making his audience indulge on the villain while avoiding the cliche of a normal horror picture. Leigh managed to put a deep psychological factor on this film, and plays with the idea of the dead as the haunting element then turns it into an actual monster with a great twist.
Elizabeth Moss who plays Cecilia Kass, gets a tough acting job as she talks to thin air. It is a convincing performance as a scared, crazy-looking woman with no one on her side to believe her mind-boggling experience. Dominant on every scene she is in, Moss, gives enough emotion even on an empty room and gives a remarkable and believable act to win the audience. Aldis Hodge and Storm Reid who played James and Sydner Lanier added the necessary depth the film needs. Hodge did well in his scenes, adamant and bold yet he made the invisible man a terrifying figure.
Overall, Invisible Man is a thrilling and exhilarating at the same time. It is filled with a lot of suspenseful scenes throughout and ending it with a bang. Equipped with the sound of silence, it generates a unique chilling vibe while highlighting the creepy material that feels like a reinvented Hollow Man is back on the big screen.
Rating: 9/10 stars
Cast: Elizabeth Moss, Storm Reid, Aldis Hidge
Directed by: Leigh Whannel
Distributed by: United International Pictures PH
Now Showing in PH cinemas