Leigh Whannell, the co-creator of the Saw franchise, unleashes a new terror in this updated reboot of a Universal classic.
After suffering an abusive relationship at the hands of her boyfriend, Cecilia Kass has decided enough is enough. She sneaks out of the house and with help for her sister Emily, leaves him for good. Two weeks has passed and Cecilia is staying with friend and local detective James and his daughter Sydney. She learns that Adrian, her boyfriend, had committed suicide and despite the relationship going south, Cecilia is getting a stipend of five million dollars as long as she doesn’t commit any crimes.
For once, Cecilia becomes happy and decides to use some of the money towards Sydney’s college fund. However, things soon begin to unravel as Cecilia finds herself stalked by an unseen force. At first, she brushes it off, but soon things begin to amp up. Knowing Adrian was an expert in optics, she becomes convinced that he is not dead and has found a way to make himself invisible in order to get even with her. When a series of shocking discoveries leads to Cecilia going to an institution, she is determined to learn the truth and put an end to the misery that has plagued her for years.
Hot off the heels of the crumbled Dark Universe thanks to the overbearing failure of the Mummy reboot with Tom Cruise, Universal had decided to just make their own takes on some of their classics and given them a contemporary reboot with no connection whatsoever. This film, written and directed by Leigh Whannel, is seen as a psychological thriller with the horror overtones that made the original a classic. Of course, there have been many adaptations of the “invisible man” character, but this film really takes the cake as one of the best.
Elisabeth Moss is perfectly cast as Cecilia, a woman who finds herself in a constant state of abuse, with only temporarily bouts of happiness. The opening moments see Cecilia using all of Adrian’s tricks to escape from the house. The film shows that while Cecilia had temporarily found happiness thanks to the support of Aldis Hodge’s James and Storm Reid’s Sydney, she still fears that her boyfriend will return for some sort of revenge. The film takes the stalker genre to a whole new level as we see Cecilia go on the brink of madness, with those surrounding her thinking she is not over the fear of her accomplishment in leaving Adrian, played by Oliver Jackson-Cohen.
Of course, with the film’s title, it is easy to assume that Adrian has found a way to become invisible due to his expertise in optics and science. From just over the mid-point on, things get extremely twisty and it helps amps up not only the film as a whole, but especially as we see Cecilia get another shocking twist to her story. This shocking twist just results in ramping up Cecilia’s confidence level and she goes from scared and insane and strong and determined to get the truth and even goes on a sort of Sherlock Holmes-style deduction that leads to a heck of a finale.
The Invisible Man is an amazing contemporary update on the classic horror film, with Elisabeth Moss giving it her all in both the action and emotional aspects of the film. This is a film that takes stalker to a whole new level.
WFG RATING: A-
Universal Pictures presents a Blumhouse/Goalpost Pictures production in association with Nervous Tick Productions. Director: Leigh Whannell. Producers: Jason Blum and Kylie Du Fresne. Writer: Leigh Whannell; based on the novel by H.G. Wells. Cinematography: Stefan Duscio. Editing: Andy Canny.
Cast: Elisabeth Moss, Aldis Hodge, Storm Reid, Michael Dorman, Harriet Dyer, Oliver Jackson-Cohen, Benedict Hardin.