The Invisible Man

The Invisible Man ★★★★½

Taut, tense and genuinely nerve-frying.

Connotations linked to the word ‘remake’ are inherently negative, yet, Leigh Whannell’s reimagining of ‘The Invisible Man’ is the kind of rarity that not only deconstructs those social implications, but intelligently redefines the purpose of contemporising classic source material through his staggering ability to empathise with a victim of emotional and physical abuse; a probing issue that has a tendency to become invisible in itself. By allowing the true essence of his horror to be experienced through the eyes of a woman who, after escaping what feels like a lifetime of torment and continues to be a prisoner of her own reality, there is a strong emphasis on the long-term effects of abuse being just as permanent as the literal scars they leave behind.

More importantly, not only is the exploration of domestic violence expertly crafted for the sake of cinematic suspense, it dictates a universal lesson; always be there for those who reach out, no matter how irrational their behaviour may be, because the demons that haunt them are no more powerful than the hand you extend to them in times of crisis.

Welcome to the first great film of 2020!

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