Movie Reviews

The Invisible Man (2020)

the-invisible-man-2020-movie-reviewDirector: Leigh Whannell

Genre: Horror, Mystery, Sci-Fi

Runtime: 124 Minutes

Main Cast: Elizabeth Moss, Oliver Jackson-Cohen, Harriet Dyer, Aldis Hodge, Storm Reid, Michael Dorman

Plot: Cecilia escapes her abusive husband in the middle of the night and hides at a friend’s house. 2 weeks later she finds out that her husband Adrian has committed suicide and left her his fortune. That night though she begins being stalked by an invisible man, who Cecilia is convinced is Adrian.

My Thoughts: Can Hollywood give Elizabeth Moss a romcom please? Girl deserves one after escaping an abusive partner 2 movies in a row! Jokes aside – I’ve been quietly looking forward to seeing this for a while now. I find the premise of a lot of horror movies interesting but they’re so hit and miss, but the reviews for The Invisible Man have been brilliant, and now I can say deservedly so!

Just the right amount of tension, fear and mystery to keep you entertained for it’s just over 2 hours, and oh man was I scared for most of the first half. The opening scene had me sinking in my seat and hiding in my jumper, and just when you think you’ve reached a calmer moment the music kicks in and the tension starts all over again! It does get a little less scary as certain things are revealed, but that’s when the mystery element turns up a notch so it’s not really an issue.

There seems to be a trend in recent years of horror movies that thrive on removing away a sense, whether it be sight or sound, and it’s so effective. I hate jump scares that feel thrown in for the sake of it, it’s just not enjoyable to me. But this kind of fear is something else – and I love it!

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Best Bit: I won’t spoil it, but there’s a very memorable moment when the whole concept of this invisible man goes from doing little things to scare and anger Cecilia to HOLY S**T what just happened OH MY GOD and I think my jaw hit the floor.

Worst Bit: If you’ve watched the trailer you probably remember a jump scare involving stairs and a bucket of paint. Whilst I’m glad for the warning, it was by far the best scare in the whole movie and if it had remained a secret, it would have been so much more effective. In fact, I think the trailer gives away far too much – it’s better to just jump into this one blindly.

Fun Trivia: Originally was going to be part of the Dark Universe, with Johnny Depp starring as the titular character, and Ed Solomon writing, but changes were made to the Dark Universe to focus on individual storytelling and moving on from the shared universe concept after the box office failure of The Mummy (2017).

My Rating: 4 out of 5 of the LOUDEST damn dog bowls in history. I think I actually almost had a heart attack at that moment, I had shooting tingles go down my arms!

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15 thoughts on “The Invisible Man (2020)

  1. The Invisible Man shows exactly how a horror remake should be done. It found a fresh angle for an aged story, and the tension like you said, was just the right amount.

    Also, I think I know which Best Bit scene you are referring to. I was, and am, still shocked!

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  2. YES to that loud dog bowl. I knew that scene was coming because it was in the trailer and it still made me jump.

    I think this must be Elisabeth Moss’ punishment for being a Scientologist. Constantly running from terrible people. lol

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  3. I heard awesome things about this film. I wanna see it but hopefully later when it comes to TV in time for Halloween. Elisabeth Moss really needs to leave those crazy-ass Scientologists. They’re insane and stupid just like the idiots we have in America.

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  4. I’m not paying to see that on principle since Moss is a scientologist who had the audacity to play rape survivors several times in her career. I’ll catch it on streaming, maybe, since Upgrade was so ridiculously overrated this one probably is too

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  5. Easily my favorite movie of the year so far (yes I know, it’s early). Moss is fantastic in it and I love it has more on its mind than just being another horror movie remake. Sooo good.

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