Verdict: Elizabeth Moss’ brilliance is beginning to see the light of mainstream Hollywood.
Based on the 1897 novel by H. G. Wells, The Invisible Man was a sci-fi horror film that released in 1933 and was followed by several sequels, including The Invisible Woman. The film’s latest adaptation comes as a part of Universal Classic Monsters’ Reboot Era, which began with Dracula Untold (2014), followed by The Mummy (2017). The Invisible Man is the third movie of the era and is loosely based on the novel that inspired its original film. This movie has been produced by horror mogul Jason Blum and written and directed by the writer of the Saw and Insidious series Leigh Wannell.
What’s The Invisible Man About:
After careful planning and consideration, Cecelia Kass (Elizabeth Moss) successfully escapes her husband Adrian Griffin‘s (Oliver Jackson-Cohen) home. But her troubles are far from over. Adrian is an abusive and narcissistic control freak and Cecilia is paranoid that he will get his revenge. She leaves her sister Alice (Harriet Dyer) to live with their mutual friend James (Aldis Hodge) and his daughter Sydney (Storm Reid), as she expects Adrian to land up at Emily’s house. But Adrian commits suicide and leaves a significant portion of his large wealth to Cecelia. Just when she begins to start life afresh, Cecelia is haunted by an invisible entity she believes to be Adrian. Only she thinks that he is still alive while everyone around her believes that she is going insane.
Horror movies mainly work for two reasons – sound and editing. With the right cuts and jarring noises, you can make anything scary. Performances have mattered little in the past. But when Jordan Peele decided to reinvent this genre, we saw some brilliant acting by Daniel Kaluuya and Lupita Nyong’o in Get Out and Us that made these movies worth remembering. Elizabeth Moss now delivers a fiery performance at par with these actors in The Invisible Man. As an abuse survivor who decides to fight back, her role is not very different from the one she plays in the popular Hulu series The Handmaid’s Tale. Here she has been given similar fodder to feed on and it’s time her versatility and talent see the light of mainstream Hollywood. Elizabeth Moss has one job in this film – to convince us to expect the unexpected and she delivers fantastically in that regard, keeping the audience on the edge for the most part. Equally convincing in her mental health struggles, she makes you wonder whether her torments are really happening to her or simply in her head.
What Could’ve Been Better:
Most horror films are never realistic and have several loop-holes in the plot for the audience to even enjoy its fictional bits. The Invisible Man is no different in this regard and there were many instances when we felt that the film would have ended much sooner had its characters been more alert. Apart from Elizabeth Moss, the other actors barely have any screen time to make a visible impact.
Why You Should Watch:
With the current streak of horror movies in theatres, this film should be next on your watchlist. The Invisible Man is the better film of the current scary lot and gives you an enjoyable mix of jump scares and good performances.