“The Invisible Man,” directed by Leigh Whannell, is one of the best horror movies I’ve seen in the past few years. Following Cecilia, who hears about her abusive ex’s suicide and is left his fortune, viewers see her suspicions unfold that he faked his own death. Throughout the film, Cecilia works to prove she is being tormented by someone nobody can see.
Elisabeth Moss, best known for her role as June Osborne in the Hulu series “The Handmaid’s Tale”, gives a stunning performance as Cecilia. While the rest of the cast also does exceptionally well, I think Moss presents the most impactful character portrayal. With effective jump scares, three-dimensional characters, and a variety of storyline twists, “The Invisible Man” is a must-see horror film.
The opening scene to this film is well done in terms of exposition and creating suspense/mystery. The sound is uncomfortably quiet as Cecilia quickly packs her things so she can leave Adrian, her abusive partner. There are a few hints as to what is going on that are later revealed as being important to the story, but they are subtle enough that it is not distracting.
The first jump scare breaks the built-up silence when Cecilia kicks a tin dog food container, echoing a sharp, metallic noise. This, like other jump scares in the movie, was not predictable and actually made me jump, which doesn’t always happen.
Another scene where Cecilia is walking through the house when she first suspects some presence following her is built up nicely. A lot of subtle details are used to show the audience why Cecilia feels like someone is there. For example, one moment I found particularly clever is when she steps outside and can see her breath, and sees another cloud right next to her. I appreciate that this movie remains creepy while also not giving away too much at once, leaving an element of mystery for a good amount of the time.
There were a couple of areas of the film that I did not find entirely believable. In one part, Cecilia’s sister gets an email from her saying many hateful things. While Cecilia swears she did not send it, her sister won’t listen to her. I don’t think her sister would be quite that harsh, since she shows moments in the movie of having compassion for Cecilia. There is also a scene where the invisible person hits one of Cecilia’s friends, and makes it seem like it was her. The friend instantly turns on her and believes she was hit. This scene just felt a bit rushed to me and a little bit forced in terms of the timing and dialogue.
Overall, I think “The Invisible Man” has great character development and pace. It’s definitely worth watching for the ending, which has quite a few turns that were not easily predictable or expected. If you enjoy horror movies and want to see one that is eerie and exciting, be sure to check out this one.
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