The Invisible Man – 2020

  • Originality: Ever since it was first written in 1897, the original story by H.G. Wells has offered unlimited possibilities through the idea of being invisible, but with the unforeseen consequence of losing one’s sanity as a result. This new treatment modernizes the story and uses it as an effective cautionary tale about domestic violence and the trauma of the victims. [4.5]
  • Performances: There’s really only one performance that needs to be discussed and that is Elisabeth Moss whose powerful on-screen struggle with PTSD is the most effective lead performance in a horror movie in years. Her growth from victim to victor feels natural in every scene and her final confrontation with her tormentor is some of the best acting of her career. [4.5] 
  • Technicality: Early versions of invisibility were done with wires and tape, but this has been replaced here with CGI which allows for some great technical feats that would not have been effective even 10 years ago. The advancements of CGI have made films like this a lot more realistic and Leigh Whannell uses every tool at his disposal to craft something terrifying. [4.5]
  • Rewatchability: Horror films generally come in two categories, either watch once and move on or come back for more when you’re looking for something to give you goosebumps. This film falls into the latter category and will easily go down as one of the best horror movies of the 21st century and I look forward to my next rewatch. [4.5]

Total – [18.0/20.0]

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