The Invisible Man (2020) Review

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RATING: 3/5

[SPOILERS]

A woman feels an unknown presence that seems to be stalking her every move.

Thankfully this Blumhouse project doesn’t have black blood. Instead, they give us a decent and well-crafted remake based on one of the classic Universal Monsters.

The actors in the film do a good job. Actress Elizabeth Moss does pretty well in her role of being a character trying to overcome the harmful relationship of her past. The beginning did good at showcasing her character and the type of setting she resided in.

How the Invisible Man became invisible was something cool and more believable than past incarnations. The abusive husband makes a suit that has lens mounted all over that bounce off incoming light. That was nice, but at the same time does the suit give one superhuman strength? There was a scene where the husband tossed Moss across the room and flipped a big table like nothing. The movie, for the most part, was fairly realistic in this depiction of the monster until these types of scenes occurred.

The film delivered a nice handful of thrills and suspense, which this type of film should. One doesn’t know exactly where the monster will be or is hiding. These scenes worked well at getting the suspense especially since the husband would sometimes be in the same room as the protagonist. For that, you feel dread for Moss as she was the only one that could handle this situation while everyone else feels that she’s crazy.

A theme that was strong in this were the struggles of abusive relationships. The first act did well at showing the protagonist trying to get adjusted slowly into the outside world. As the film progressed, the Invisible Man scenes seemed to be a good reflection of how certain individuals feel that there are not entirely safe and that there is still danger near them. The impact of the harmful relationship can be so strong that a person may not be able to function properly.

I was never bored with the film even with the two hours. It got me invested until the twists came about. I’m not sure if I like it or not. The whole scheme with the husband and his brother could have been executed better. There should have been more development with their motivation and why would the brother want to help in the first place. With that, the film seemed to have dragged on five to ten minutes longer than it should have gone.

Now this is not necessarily a big problem, a nitpick more or less, but from the trailer, I thought that maybe this was going to be a psychological-type horror. It would have been a refreshing take on the Invisible Man films, who in the past relied on Sci-Fi. It would have been cool if all the actions the monster was doing, were not really happening and it was the protagonist doing it herself.  The trama and pain that she dealt with due to her abusive relationship had broken her to a point where she was committing the killings. A nice take for me personally.

The music can be melodramatic, especially with the last track as the credits began to roll.

Going back to the supposed superhuman abilities, how did the Invisible Man wash all the paint that splashed onto him so fast? Does he have super-speed?

Compared to “The Mummy” remake in 2017, “The Invisible Man” triumphs over that by many miles. This is a well-made thriller with good acting, a nicely-done creepy atmosphere/mood, a good theme, and it makes me want to see more Universal Monster remakes with this style. Unfortunately, the confusing master plan by the two brothers, the multiple endings, and the realism being thrown out the window occasionally did leave me puzzled. But this is a decent little thriller that will surely deliver some good scares.

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