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The Invisible Man

Published March 21, 2020

The Invisible Man

Film info

  • Title The Invisible Man
  • Director Leigh Whannell
  • Year 2020
  • Run time 2hrs 4m
  • Genres Thriller, Horror, Science Fiction
  • Tagline What you can't see can hurt you

Trapped in a violent, controlling relationship with a wealthy and brilliant scientist, Cecilia Kass escapes in the dead of night and disappears into hiding, aided by her sister, their childhood friend and his teenage daughter. But when Cecilia's abusive ex commits suicide and leaves her a generous portion of his vast fortune, Cecilia suspects his death was a hoax. As a series of eerie coincidences turns lethal, threatening the lives of those she loves, Cecilia's sanity begins to unravel as she desperately tries to prove that she is being hunted by someone nobody can see.

Live blog

TimeComment
2:46Seems like a stupid idea to hide something under the bed your partner is sleeping in.
5:45This house is amazing.
10:54What is the significance of the pills, I wonder.
13:04The sound and angle of that runner coming up was great.
23:42This all seems like celebration far too early. I’m scared.
27:15Cecilia is not smart. Loving the kid and her quick thinking though.
31:21My first instinct is always to go through a door that has opened by itself.
35:23I do not enjoy the random mannequins around the house, even if she is gonna be in fashion.
39:46Ok, that’s the significance of the pills. I should trust more.
41:58“He has figured out a way to be invisible.” I mean, people are just gonna laugh.
46:37FaceID would help right now. You can’t unlock a device if you’re invisible.
1:03:25Who’s been looking after the dog this whole time?
1:06:11If the suit is made of cameras, how is it getting rid of the shadow?
1:09:03Don’t understand why she’s hidden the suit.
1:11:23She really is intimidating.
1:13:24I feel like being locked up is probably the safest place to be right now anyway.
1:16:27Don’t think it’s at all appropriate for James to be in the interview, let alone in there by himself with her.
1:22:36This makes no sense. If all he wants is the baby, why did he throw her across a table?
1:36:59How has he fixed his suit?
1:46:52It so was him, though, he just knows she’s wearing a wire.
1:52:56Isn’t it weird if she leaves before the police get there?

Thoughts

I used to be a big fan of horror movies but more recently have gone off them somewhat - I don’t think this is out and out horror but it’s certainly not something I would have chosen to watch if it wasn’t for wanting to support the early release dates. I’m glad I did end up watching it though, because it was interesting.

The film is incredibly well-made - great sound and lighting, shot choices, tension building sequences and that general feeling of unease you have right from the start. Elisabeth Moss does a great job too, fighting against nothing and somehow straddling the line between sanity and seeming completely mad.

However, there are some big question marks over the story, loose ends that don’t quite make sense. I like the way it twisted at the end and was happy with the conclusion, but I’m not totally sure it all stacks up if you look too hard.

Rating: 3 / 5

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