The Invisible Man: Reviewed And Rated. Classic Thriller Or Horror Flop?

The Invisible Man: Reviewed And Rated. Classic Thriller Or Horror Flop?

You can’t see it, but you sure can feel it.

By John Cooper | 25th February 2020

What a thriller this movie is.

Hitting cinemas on a wave of hype, The Invisible Man is a reimagining of the classic Universal monster from the 1933 movie of the same name and is also based on the renowned novel by H.G Wells. 

The thriller film follows Cecilia (Elizabeth Moss) and her abusive ex-husband slash infamous ophthalmology scientist, Adrian (Oliver Jackson-Cohen). When Adrian takes his own life and leaves her his fortune, she suspects his death was a hoax and that he’s coming for her, all in the name of revenge. A series of coincidences begin that only Cecilia bears witness to so her family or friends don’t believe her claims. Unsure who to trust and with the introduction of Adrian’s brother playing an eerie and questionable role, it’s hard to pin-point the antagonist. 

Leigh Whannell does an amazing job at bringing the flick into the modern-day world, introducing a twist within the narrative of the classic "he said, she said”. It has a modern day feel regarding the relationship dynamics and brief touches on the science side of things keeps the film interesting while still maintaining moments of predictability. 


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However, in saying that, there are also some amazing techniques used throughout the film that really make it thriller-esque and even induce a few screams from the audience in the cinema (the cinematography and simple filming angles certainly helped). For example, with the camera panning across ceilings for a wide angle, it left the space open for any sort of surprises and, trust me, there's plenty.

The production value was also amazing. The methods they use to make the audience and Cecilia ‘see’ someone who is invisible is impressive and invoke a sensory experience – think footprints in the sand. The soundtrack naturally helped from making simple scenarios high-pressure to an excruciatingly slow experience through floorboard creaks and flames igniting. 

While some of the performances felt a bit “meh”, Elizabeth Moss outdid herself and was an absolute standout. The way she portrays the vast range of emotions experienced by her character and often with minimal dialogue was outstanding. Her isolation and internal dialogue spoke louder than words possibly could have. 

Overall, it was an average horror flick but compelling thriller. Worth a watch, especially on the big screen. Get ready to jump, feel and see (what can't be seen) your way through a refreshing classic. 

The Invisible Man is out on February 27.


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Article by John Cooper

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