5 January 2003 | CommandoCody
Invisible Man, little to see
Robert Griffin (no relation to Jack) was apparently duped and left for dead in Africa several years ago by his partners who went on to discover a diamond mine. Not only did Griffin lose out on his fortune but he lost his mind too. Eventually, Griffin escapes from a mental institution and returns to England. By chance (or the stroke of the writer's pen) Griffin encounters Dr. Drury, a screwball scientist in search of a weirdo to test out his new invisibility formula. Griffin sees invisibility as a chance to get the vengeance he craves. So the demented doctor gives him the obligatory injection.
This is a long way from the quality of the original 1933 film, with Claude Rains. There are a few familiar special effects but Leon Errol's attempts to provide comic relief meet with mixed results. It soon becomes apparent that the film has nothing going for it other than invisibility as a gimmick. The plot is wafer thin and poorly written. There is little action to speak of just a lot of standing around and talking or sitting around and talking. Clearly, this was an exercise to squeeze a few more dollars out of an aging franchise. On the bright side, there are some decent invisibility effects, like when the invisible man dunks his hand into a fish tank or covers his face in flour. That's not enough to recommend this film however.