Starring Elizabeth Moss, Oliver Jackson-Cohen, Aldis Hodge, Storm Reid, Harriet Dyer, Michael Dorman
(7-Very Good Film)
Tense. Surprising. Skilled.
H.G Wells’ The Invisible Man followed a scientist, Griffin, as a botched experiment leads him down the path to madness and tragedy. It’s been adapted numerous times in varying degrees of faithfulness, but ultimately, I feel, I’ve seen that movie. Leigh Whannell’s The Invisible Man does something different. It makes Griffin a pure villain, an abusive husband, and his wife, Cee, the protagonist. She takes extreme steps to break free of her rich, brilliant husband, and just when it appears that she’s free for good (he’s ruled dead), a mysterious force seems to be plaguing her attempts at living a normal life again. This is a tense outing right from the get-go. It’s well-paced, strongly performed by Moss who, without vanity, plays the battered woman convincingly, which is the key to the film’s strength.
-Walter Tyrone Howard-