I can’t let my opinion be invisible on this one.
The following is spoiler free for your viewing pleasure.
Modern master of horror Leigh Whannell brings us a brilliant reimagining of The Invisible Man. You may know the eponymous character from the H.G. Wells novel (1897) or the 1930 film of the same name. From the suspenseful opening to the thrilling conclusion, this film was a delight to watch.
Elisabeth Moss shines as Cecilia Kass; a troubled woman who has literally just escaped an abusive relationship, but after hearing about her ex boyfriend’s death, believes she is not quite rid of him yet. Moss does an excellent job of portraying the deepening hysteria that would come from being in this situation; trying to fend off an invisible assailant, who also happens to be an abusive ex who is already going to be haunting her psychology for a very long time. In fact, there really aren’t any acting faults within the film. Some other honorable mentions are Oliver Jackson-Cohen as Adrian Griffin, who does a great job at feeling like he’s present in the whole film, but being invisible and all, he’s only really in a couple of scenes, but he makes you feel like you’ve spent much more time with him. Or maybe that’s more of a compliment to the filmmaking. I’m gonna say it’s a bit of both. Also Aldis Hodge as James Lanier; Cecilia’s friend and a police officer, is perfect casting. (I’d love to give some examples of when he really shines but they’re too spoiler filled!)
Whannell wrote and directed this flick, and he did a really great job with it. He took the story of The Invisible Man and reimagined it from the victim’s perspective, even managing to weave a ‘#MeToo’ narrative into it. It’s really rare for a horror film to scare you and be insightful of societal problems. I’ve seen a lot of Whannell’s work, and I’ve never really been disappointed, and thankfully he didn’t let me down with this one either. Sure, there are a few faults, simply on the logistics of being invisible, and some of the things Adrian is able to achieve whilst invisible, but there’s no fun in life if you’re unwilling to suspend your disbelief a little. Honestly, it’s minor enough that you can look past it for the sake of plot, and you’ll likely be so invested in the story that you won’t even notice it, unless you’re a *cough* film geek *cough*.
There’s some really beautiful cinematography that can’t go unmentioned, from shots of literally nothing that somehow make your heart race pick up a little, to action sequences so beautifully shot and choreographed it’s more like watching a dance. This film really keeps you on your toes by playing what you expect to see in a horror film against you. Shots where you’re expecting a scare; there’s nothing. Then, BAM! Something will surprise you. This enables the film to maintain the element of surprise, which is almost impossible with horror buffs – we’ve seen too many horror films to fall for those same old tropes.
So an interesting fact: this film was shot in Australia, with several Australian actors, and written by an Australian. It’s really a testament to everyone involved (particularly Set Designers, Location Scouts) that this feels like an American film. I’ve seen my fair share of American films set in England, and none of it feels English, because in all fairness I think it’s hard to pull off. I hope that doesn’t spoil your viewing of the film in any way, in fact, see if you can spot anything a little too Australian and let me know.
Overall, I give this film a 5 ⭐ It was refreshing, suspenseful, and beautifully put together. It shall sit proudly upon my horror shelf as one to re-watch again and again.
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