The Invisible Man (I) (2020)

R   |    |  Drama, Horror, Mystery

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When Cecilia's abusive ex takes his own life and leaves her his fortune, she suspects his death was a hoax. As a series of coincidences turn lethal, Cecilia works to prove that she is being hunted by someone nobody can see.


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24 March 2020 | lnvicta
| As good as a modern Invisible Man movie can be.
Leigh Whannell is not a subtle filmmaker - at least, that's what I used to think. The Saw and Insidious movies are over-the-top and shocking, which is fine, and I enjoyed Upgrade quite a bit, but I was afraid the Invisible Man would fall into the same trap of shock-value over substance. Thankfully, I was wrong.

From the opening scene, the movie sucks you in with tension and unease. Cecilia (Elizabeth Moss) is trying to escape from her abusive boyfriend while he is asleep, and with practically no dialogue or exposition, we immediately understand the situation and feel for Moss' character. She's trapped in an abusive relationship and fears for her life. It's a testament to Whannell's deliberate direction, using visual cues to give us the information we need while slowly ratcheting up the suspense. The movie is not reliant on jump scares. There are a few, but they're 100% earned and actually effective because we care about the characters. The excellent score helps add to the atmosphere, alternating between pulsating ambience and melancholy orchestral bits.

From the concise writing, likable characters, clever directing, a powerhouse lead performance, and a genuinely scary villain, The Invisible Man gets just about everything right. I suppose you could nitpick some of the logic, but that's missing the point. It's a film about gaining freedom from a toxic relationship, and Whannell knows exactly how to pace the story so that we don't spend too much time dwelling on potential plot holes. Overall, a gripping and expertly crafted psychological thriller.

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Often Elisabeth Moss was just emoting to an empty room with no-one to bounce off, though for certain scenes she insisted that co-star Oliver Jackson-Cohen be present to help lend authenticity to the performance. "Leigh and I were trying to be specific about when it could be the stunt double, when it could be Olly, when it should be nothing," Moss explained. "And we tried to really make sure there was specificity there. And there were times when if the Invisible Man had to speak in the scene, I would prefer to have Olly there. And then there were times when there was nobody there at all and it was just a blank space." "I'm there more than you would think," Jackson-Cohen, who only physically appears briefly in the movie, said. "We're trying to be quite selective about where we say parts of it are me or not, because we kind of want to keep an audience guessing as to how we did it. But it was definitely not I didn't shoot for like four days on the movie. I was there for two months. So it was a fair amount. Lizzie and I spent some time discussing what parts of the script she really needed me to be there, and we felt would help performance-wise. So, yeah. Slip me into a green suit and I'm a go." However, Moss admitted Jackson-Cohen didn't need to be on set quite as often as he was. "The non-serious answer is then I just started asking Olly to come to set to entertain me, and to amuse me," she laughed. "I just thought it was funny to look at. There's nothing like a tall man in a tight green-screen suit."


Cecilia Kass: He said that wherever I went, he would find me, walk right up to me, and I wouldn't be able to see him.


Cecilia says, "If [Adrian] is capable of faking his own death, then he's capable of faking his own kidnapping." Yet the indication at this point in the story is that Tom faked Adrian's death and kidnapped him. So Cecilia's statement doesn't make any sense.

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Alternate Versions

The UK version was cut to secure a 15 certificate, by removing 3s of bloody injury detail in a scene of self-harm.


She Gave Me the Keys
Performed by The Dip
Written by Tom Eddy
Licensed courtesy of AWAL Digital Ltd


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Drama | Horror | Mystery | Sci-Fi | Thriller

Box Office


$7,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$28,205,665 1 March 2020

Gross USA:


Cumulative Worldwide Gross:


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