The Invisible Man
Starring: Elisabeth Moss and Aldis Hodge
A young woman's abusive boyfriend commits suicide but she suspects he's still alive.
Based on H.G. Well's classic novel, “The Invisible Man” is about the 20th version of the story put to film or television.
In this updated version, Elisabeth Moss plays a woman who is at the end of her rope as she is not being believed by anyone about what's happening in her life. The use of invisibility is a metaphor, in this story, for gaslighting, control and victimizing.
But the film isn't just a 'message movie' as it really contains some of the best thrills and anxiety producing moments in recent years. Director Leigh Whannell is an obvious student of Hitchcock and, like Hitchcock, takes her time developing every subtle movement in the film as the action and pace slowly come to a boil.
In the middle of the story is Elisabeth Moss, as Cecilia, who is told everything she is witnessing is not true. As she descends into the madness of the story, her character becomes undaunted in the struggle to survive.
“The Invisible Man” is not about the science of how to become invisible. The focus of the film is on the horror and the monster absolute power creates.
If you or someone you know, who may have been touched by domestic violence, you might want to think twice about seeing this film as it is brutal in depicting its violence.
The film gets a solid B and is rated R.