The Invisible Man review: This is a remake of the classic film given a modern twist making it more grounded and relatable to today’s audiences. A stellar turn by Elisabeth Moss as Cecilia propels the film which sees her dead abusive boyfriend seemingly continue to torment her from beyond the grave. Whilst the rest of the supporting cast fail to believe her that such a thing is possible the film does not attempt to insult the intelligence of the watching audience by having us think the same (the film’s title is its biggest spoiler alert) and instead makes it apparent early that her claims are credible. By focusing on Cecilia’s plight from her perspective the audience is able to empathise with her as her situation gets increasingly desperate as the film goes on. The cinematography is excellent throughout with shots lingering on (seemingly) empty rooms and panning out slightly on occupied rooms a few seconds longer than they should, ramping up the paranoia and having us questioning ourselves if someone else is there that we can’t see. The score is haunting and atmospheric which adds to the tension and there are some genuinely scary moments throughout. The underlying message of an abused woman victim is solid and given centre stage despite the overarching invisibility shenanigans and is not lost even as the film reaches its frantic conclusion. The ending is satisfying and opens up the possibility of future films and considering the mostly positive reviews and the fact that it made approximately $49m worldwide in its opening weekend, 7 times its production budget, a sequel is a distinct possibility. With films by their very nature being about what appears on the screen it is atypical that what makes The Invisible Man such a success is the emphasis on what doesn’t appear on screen and what you can’t see as opposed to what you can see. With big box office smashes cramming so much into films and spending so much on visual effects The Invisible Man proves that sometimes less is more. The Invisible Man is in cinemas now.
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