The Invisible Man

The Invisible Man ★★★

Talk about a film of two halves.

The first section of this film is a brilliant, anxiety-inducing psychological horror which impressively grasps the torment of an abuse victim, the lingering effect such treatment has on someone and how too often these victims are ignored by society or deemed mentally unstable.

As the plot actually progresses though, Leigh Whannell's screenplay badly loses its way and descends into a weird, futuristic, almost cyberpunk style that jars with what has come before. It echoes Whannell's Upgrade (a film I did not enjoy) and causes any tension already built up to basically be destroyed.

That is not to say I didn't enjoy the film. Elisabeth Moss is absolutely spectacular; considering most of the film's power and horror comes from her acting to an invisible man, to 'nothing', it is a truly impressive performance. The camerawork is also great for the most part and works well to build up the tension. It's just a shame about the path the film takes.

Also it is the second film I've watched today that has the word 'invisible' in the title. There's a pun in there somewhere but I can't quite see it. LOL.

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