Invisible Man is in our rooms. After Nightmare Island, Blumhouse (“Get Out, Paranormal Activity) reinvent with success the theme of” the invisible man ” with Elisabeth Moss (The Handmaid”s Tale) headlining. See matter of urgency.
Not easy to do something new with a character created in 1897 and again brought to the screen for more than 100 years. And yet, the director of the excellent Upgrade comes out wonderfully.
Leigh Whannell signs a film particularly creepy that share this premise : what would happen if a psychopath had the power to become invisible ? By taking his time to build the fear, using the SFX sparingly and relying on excellent actress (Elizabeth Moss) for the main role of his thriller thrillers, the director of Insidious 3 raises the voltage progressively up to a final as effective as enjoyable. Not content to make us stress for more than 2 hours, the film also succeeds the tour de force of point the finger at a behavior toxic still too few denounced the film. A reinvention intelligent, as creepy as it is necessary.
20 years ago, Paul Verhoeven signed the excellent Hollow Man, The Man without a Shadow. A true technical tour de force for the era, the film remained quite faithful to the original novel of H. G. Wells, as it followed a scientist who had fallen gradually into madness of a megalomaniac and murderous after becoming invisible. In Invisible Man, the invisible man does not become suddenly deranged : it was well before making use of his power.
The film produced by Jason Blum (“Get Out, Paranormal Activity) starts immediately on a scene of freaking her out : Cecilia (Elizabeth Moss), in a relationship with a wealthy scientist who mistreats and manipulates it (Oliver Jackson-Cohen, the drug of The Haunting of Hill House), fled in the middle of the night at the luxurious villa where she was almost trapped.
Refuge at friends and still severely traumatized by this relationship toxic, she learns a few days later the suicide of her ex, who left him a large sum of money. While Cecilia is just beginning to rebuild itself, disturbing events and creepy ones are going to occur around her, pushing her to doubt her own sanity, while his loved ones believe crazy…
The productions Blumhouse follow and do not resemble each other. While some are content to use and abuse of jumpscares to take us out of a few rare outbursts, Invisible Man us rise gradually trouillomètre until we come to grip the armrests of our chair.
Impeccably staged, the Invisible Man is also very intelligently written. Well we know the title of the film, its first half would almost doubt it : Cecilia is she mad ? Adrian, her ex, is he really become invisible ? Should we not dealing with a revenant ? Questions that help to raise our interest… and the voltage.
But although it is an excellent horror film, it would be wrong to reduce Invisible Man to this status. It is much more than that, and often it is from there that comes the strength of the horror films that have marked the history. More than a thriller devilishly effective, this Invisible Man is a movie that denounces violence against women.
The Invisible Man, here, is all of these violent men that pass between the meshes of the nets. These guys who bash with impunity, as if the neighbors, the society, the surroundings, the authorities could not see. The heroine, it is these thousands of women, who are trying desperately to protect, to warn, to call for help, and we don’t hear, or that we don’t believe.
Clever, thrilling and brilliantly aware of its own time, Invisible Man we terrify with a monster much more terrifying than it sounds. There were no more afraid of the Invisible Man for a very long time, and after this film… we see it everywhere.
Teilor Stone has been a reporter on the news desk since 2013. Before that she wrote about young adolescence and family dynamics for Styles and was the legal affairs correspondent for the Metro desk. Before joining The Bobr Times, Teilor Stone worked as a staff writer at the Village Voice and a freelancer for Newsday, The Wall Street Journal, GQ and Mirabella. To get in touch, contact me through my email@example.com 1-800-268-7116