I love a good scary movie. I’m probably the jumpiest person I know, but I like when movies can surprise me. When I first saw the trailer for The Invisible Man, I wasn’t sure if it was gonna be stupid or exhilarating. But then I thought, Elisabeth Moss is not taking roles for corny horror flicks. At least I hope not. I saw the movie this past Saturday, and it didn’t disappoint. It goes much deeper than being a typical horror movie. I don’t remember having many moments where I wanted to yell at the screen like in normal horror movies because the main character was walking right into the villain’s trap. I thought this was more complex than that.
In this story, Cecelia Kass (Elisabeth Moss) is trying to put her life together after leaving her abusive boyfriend Adrian. The movie opens with Cecelia carefully and quietly disarming alarms, jumping over walls, and running through the woods in the middle of the night to narrowly escape Adrian’s house. Her sister Emily (Harriet Dyer) picks her up and takes her to stay with a friend, James (Aldis Hodge) and his daughter. Things seem to be going fine, until she starts being followed and abused by a man who is invisible. She believes it’s Adrian, but news has just come out that he killed himself. Cecelia has to keep the invisible man from killing her while also convincing other people to believe in what they can’t see, which proves to be a nearly-insurmountable task.
Director: Leigh Whannell
Screenplay: Leigh Whannell & H.G. Wells (He’s dead, but I’m guessing he’s listed on IMDb because he wrote the novel)
Stars: Elisabeth Moss, Harriet Dyer, Aldis Hodge, Storm Reid, and Michael Dorman
Running Time: 1 hour 12 minutes
Release date: February 28, 2020
The Good Stuff
I think this story did a great job of creating suspense and showing the main character from everyone else’s point of view. When Cecilia starts being tormented by Adrian, who has managed to make himself invisible, it’s difficult for the other people to believe her. I mean, imagine if your friend – who’s been through a lot of mental anguish and is likely dealing with anxiety and depression – tells you that an invisible person is out to get her. You would probably assume she has a mental health problem before you really believed that an invisible person was tormenting her. That’s the struggle between Cecelia and everyone else in the movie. Even watching the movie – where we see everything that happens to her – it still feels like she’s going crazy.
As viewers, we get to see both points of view. We get all the terror and jump scares from Invisible Adrian beating her up, hurting other people and making it look like it was Cecelia, and taking Cecelia’s things, while still seeing how other people wouldn’t be inclined to believe her. The first time this jumped out to me was when she was alone with Sydney (Storm Reid) and Adrian hit her. No one else appeared to be in the room, so Sydney and her father assumed it was Cecelia. Invisible Adrian manages to drive a wedge between her and everyone in her life, and succeeds in making her look insane even though she never really is. I’m not sure if this was meant to be some social commentary about how people never believe battered women, but that’s what my mind went to. Adrian’s brother, Tom (Michael Dorman), even makes comments about how she was like all the other women who were only attracted to Adrian for his wealth.
*MAJOR SPOILER ALERT* The craziest part of this story is when Cecelia finally kills the man in the invisibility suit only to discover that it’s not Adrian. It’s his younger brother Tom, whom Cecelia had spoken to about her fear that Adrian was still alive. At first Tom had tried to comfort her, but the second time she encountered him he told her “we’ll be watching,” which made it seem like Adrian was still alive. Was Tom helping Adrian fake his death and stalk Cecelia? But with Tom being in the suit instead of Adrian, what is the truth? Adrian was found in his own basement tied up, so was Tom the tormentor the entire time? We never learn the answer.
Cecelia wasn’t convinced that Tom was the invisible man and held on to the idea that Adrian was the one who had been harassing her. She believed that he sacrificed his brother to try to get her to come back to him – if Tom was the one in the suit, then Adrian could lure her back into his life. In the final scene of the movie, Cecelia meets Adrian for dinner in his home – the same home she frantically escaped from in the beginning of the movie. During dinner, Cecelia goes to the bathroom, puts on the invisible suit that she made a copy of, and kills Adrian. That part of the scene is shown through the surveillance camera in Adrian’s house, so it looks like Adrian picked up a knife and slit his own throat. She then goes back into the bathroom, takes the suit off, comes out, and pretends to be shocked by his apparent suicide. It was a perfect full-circle moment. Unless he wasn’t the man who’d been in the suit. *END SPOILERS*
I think this movie did an excellent job of making Cecelia look crazy. Even though she was never insane in the first place, by the time we get to the end it feels like she’s mentally unstable. After seeing her put in a mental hospital and watching her try to convince people that an invisible man is hurting her, we almost feel like she’s crazy too, even though we see all the stuff that’s happening to her. The visual effects were very cool; they did a great job of showing a person being there without showing their physical body. It always felt like there really was someone there. I also thought the music was great (loud, but great) and the acting was very good – Elisabeth always kills it.
What I Would Change
I kept expecting there to be flashbacks of her time with Adrian. The movie starts with so much intensity and moves on from there, but they never really show what she was running from. I didn’t want to see clips of her getting beat up, but I wanted to see what their dynamic was like. I think it would’ve given more context to Cecelia’s paranoia and it could’ve shown how intelligent Adrian was to make the idea that he created an invisible suit more believable before we actually see the suit.
Trailers that looked good
Y’all, there’s gonna be another Saw movie! I’m a big fan of the Saw series of films, and I’m excited to see one where Chris Rock and Samuel L. Jackson are the stars. Go check out the trailer for Spiral, guys. I’m definitely gonna go see that one.
The Hunt also looked intriguing. Basically a bunch of rich people kidnap poor folks and let them loose on a huge lot – think the arena from The Hunger Games but less sophisticated – and they hunt them for sport. I’m not sure what the twists are going to be in this movie, but I might check it out.
There was also a trailer for A Quiet Place II that looked alright. I didn’t love the first movie, but I am curious about how they ended up in that situation. I didn’t see John Krasinski in the trailer, so I’m wondering how his character is going to be worked into the story – it looks like he and Emily Blunt’s characters didn’t know each other before the Big Quiet.
Overall Rating: 4/5
The only thing I’ve got left to watch is the reunion for Love Is Blind on Netflix. I’ve been showing all my reactions on my Instagram account, and I can’t wait to share my thoughts with you guys. I’ll be back with more content soon! Thank you for reading.