“He said that wherever I went, he would find me, walk right up to me, and I wouldn’t be able to see him.”
There’s a growing trend with modern horror movies. The usual ones that invade our cinemas consist of cheap spooks and scares, gory scenes, and just bland storylines. It’s the ongoing repetitive nature of the genre. Universal Studios has been banking (for a while now) on the classic storylines of the Universal Monster Movies to bring in a new generation of thrill seekers, and to spark some life into a popular genre. But when Tom Cruise’s, The Mummy, was released in 2017, it was the nail in the coffin for any Universal Horror reboots… or was it. In a role that was at one time lined up for Johnny Depp, The Invisible Man grips us where we’re most vulnerable and preys on our deepest fears: the things we cannot see.
Set in today’s #MeToo era, The Invisible Man follows Cecilia (Elisabeth Moss) a battered and torn woman, as she attempts to remove herself from a toxic relationship. Her soon-to-be ex-boyfriend, Adrian, is the leading inventor and developer of Optics, and lives a rather wealthy lifestyle. Did I mention he’s also a narcissistic and controlling individual? Cecilia has had enough of his poisonous behavior, so she calls upon her sister Emily (Harriet Dyer) and moves into the home of a detective, James (Aldis Hodge) and his daughter, Sydney (Storm Reid). Soon after Cecilia’s escape, Adrian commits suicide and leaves $5 Million to Cecilia — on the terms that she doesn’t go crazy, or commit a crime. Easier said than done, apparently. It’s only too convenient that Cecilia begins to feel Adrian’s presence everywhere she goes. Is Adrian really haunting Cecilia’s every step, or is this all in her head?
The questions only take you deeper and deeper into this nightmare with Moss’ incredible acting at the forefront. Moss continues to astound us as she immerses herself into the characters she plays, and her work here is no different. The complexity of Cecilia allows Moss’ talents bleed through the screen as you’re transported into this world — feeling every bit of emotion that she goes through. To continue with that feeling of uncertainty is the supporting cast who only add to the gripping suspense. There’s not a single character that doesn’t forward the plot. Not a single character that isn’t with Cecilia in the distressing situation. But as I sit here and praise the cast, it’s the work behind the camera, that makes The Invisible Man so fun to watch.
Writer and Director Leigh Whannell is absolutely remarkable. His previous films Upgrade and Insidious: Chapter 3, let us take notice of him, but in no way was I prepared for his work with The Invisible Man. His script, along with his Hitchcockian directing, made for one of the best thrillers I’ve seen in a while. Mr. Whannell should be prepared for the influx of project opportunities that may come his way.
I initially didn’t have high hopes for The Invisible Man. The trailer was mediocre, and only escalated my scoffing at a movie such as this. And although there are some eye-rolling moments, the end result you will have you wanting to watch it again. The Invisible Man is thrilling, horrific, and gives us a story to really sink our teeth into. This film breaks down the stereotypes of our usual horror remakes by putting us smack dab in the middle of the conflict, and accentuating some of our biggest fears. The Invisible Man won’t just scare you as you sit to watch it. Maybe you’ll think twice when you hear those little noises in the distance, or the creaking walls of your house… maybe you’re not alone after all.
The Invisible Man
Written and Directed by: Leigh Whannell
Starring: Elisabeth Moss, Aldis Hodge, Storm Reid, Harriet Dyer, and Oliver Jackson-Cohen