Prepare to be gripped with a feeling of paranoia and uneasiness, it’s gonna be a while, a Long paranoid-stricken while.
The Invisible Man (2020) is directed by Leigh Whanell and stars Elisabeth Moss, Oliver Jackson, Aldis Hodge, and Storm Reid as the front cast.
Other great additions include Harriet Dyer and Michael Dorman.
The film shows a controlling, narcissistic tech entrepreneur using his science smarts to become invisible so that he can stalk and prey on his ex-girlfriend.
After he commits suicide, the police deny her story and pleas for understanding, and inevitably realizes that she’ll have to take matters into her own hands and devise a strategy to save herself.
This Horror/Thriller flick will most surely keep you on your toes and give you a feeling of unending nervousness, as it flawlessly did with me.
Elisabeth Moss as always delivers an incredible performance.
It can’t be stated enough the kind of skillful depth and accuracy with which she brings her character alive on the scene.
From the very beginning, she does an excellent job of setting the tone to be unnerving and anxious.
The careful, calculated steps that her character, Cecilia, has to apply to escape the abuse of her boyfriend shows a perfect display of establishing an atmosphere of fear and uncertainty.
Whenever there was a slight pause in her movements and she had to look over her shoulder to check if there’s anyone stalking her, I found myself holding my breath not daring to make a sound.
Moss achieved a damn good effort to give the viewer an impression as if they’re in that paralyzing and obsessive environment with her and someone else unknown.
It’s as if I was there with her being tormented and terrorized by a strange, omniscient force outside of my control.
Aldis Hodge and Storm Reid also were good with their portrayals. They worked great as a duo.
Their characters, James and Sydney Lanier, assist Cecilia in getting over the trauma of her past from Adrian Griffin, played by Oliver Jackson.
I found their relationship together to be particularly endearing and warm, and their determination working side-by-side to help and relieve Cecilia of her fear at the beginning of the movie was uplifting to see.
Of course, Oliver Jackson does a masterful job at maintaining the tension in the scenes that he’s in.
His character’s malicious, yet covert, deceptions employed to instill in Cecilia an air of intense claustrophobia and unexpected terror are truly frightening.
There was one specific event in the middle act, and if you watched it you know what I’m talking about, where I was absolutely awestruck and had a deep chill go down my spine. And not in a good way.
I’ll just call this one the restaurant scene. The ones who’ve watched it know exactly what I’m mentioning.
It seriously was a moment to pause and ponder about how well that was executed and the kind of visceral emotions it evoked.
The sound effects that accompanied it also greatly enhanced the palpitating fear that snowballed over time.
There was one plot hole that I noticed though. Without giving too much, there are certain scenes that could’ve been resolved and ended the movie right then and there if there were security cameras involved.
The characters, knowing that something wasn’t right and could rewind the tape, would’ve found immense evidence to come to the reasonable conclusion that there indeed was an invisible force stalking Cecilia, Moss’s character.
It didn’t really make any sense to me to see that there were plenty of opportunities for the characters, besides Cecilia, to realize that there were strange peculiarities occurring before them and yet not acknowledge them.
I’ll brush it aside though. I guess it’s not really too important when compared to the dramatic effects that were exemplified well by the cast.
The Invisible Man did an excellent job of not overusing jump scares and loud, obnoxious noises.
Typical with low-rate horror flops, the director instead allowed the viewer to use their imagination to speculate the situation in their own point of view.
It’s much better, in my opinion, to not rely on cheap gimmicks to try to make a horror thriller look more scary.
Rather, utilize suggestions and let the viewer think about and fearfully wonder what may happen in the next couple of seconds, and keep that feeling going.
Make sure it’s carried along with strange shapes and figures being scarcely seen on the sides of the panel.
Just enough to stimulate curiosity and panicky doubt, but not so much to reveal everything completely and lose the tension.
The director, Whanell, does very well at executing and implementing that.
Long story short, this film will do an amazing job to keep you glued to your chair and paralyzed enough to not let you get off it.
FP Score – Praiseworthy