Brandon Bzduch’s review published on Letterboxd:
This is the most consistently shaken I’ve been by a movie in eons. I can’t think of a single moment where my hands weren’t clenched and sweating.
Leigh Whannell proved himself a competent filmmaker with his own style a few years back with Upgrade, a film which I thoroughly enjoyed, and due to his work with James Wan, he’s been on my radar for some time.
I wasn’t necessarily eager to see this, I assumed it would at least be solid, and the original film is easily my favorite Universal Monster movie. I did not expect this to be what it is... a modern masterpiece. My opinion may change after multiple viewings, but this is the cinematic equivalent of a sledgehammer to the face. Even with the spoiler-filled trailer (don’t watch the trailer) It never let’s up, just when you think things can’t get any worse, they do. This constant escalation of tension and hysteria alongside a believable lead performance and Leigh’s trademark directing, it left me downright floored.
I’m almost speechless at how good this was.
This takes the concept of the original film, fleshes it out and asks “what terror can we create with this idea?” There are twists and turns, making you wonder if there even is an Invisible Man, or if it’s all in the main character’s head, and it feels like a 2 hour panic attack.
This is genre filmmaking at its peak, and I will be shocked if this isn’t considered a classic years from now.