When Cecilia’s abusive ex takes his own life and leaves her his fortune, she suspects his death was a hoax. As a series of coincidences turn lethal, Cecilia works to prove that she is being hunted by someone nobody can see.
I must confess that I wasn’t overly fussed about seeing ‘The Invisible Man’ when it came out, but finding ourselves in the unique situation we are currently in, I watched it from home yesterday and enjoyed it a lot more than I expected too. It’s a story that most people will be broadly familiar with, having been adapted for screen on numerous previous occasions, and I felt this version from Leigh Whannell (helmer of the excellent, underrated ‘Upgrade’) smartly updated the story to make it relevant for modern times.
The premise centres on a woman (Elisabeth Moss) who believes she is being stalked by her ex-partner, who is thought to have died in a suicide after she escaped from him several weeks earlier. Moss is an outstanding lead and she carries the entire film, acting as the emotional centrepiece of the film and effortlessly moving between fragility and toughness as she comes to terms with her situation. The domestic abuse angle that kicks off the plot is smartly inserted, lending extra weight to our lead character’s struggles to have her story believed, and I felt the film cleverly used the invisible man concept to explore how people can be manipulated in abusive relationships, even when they believe them to be concluded.
‘The Invisible Man’ is creepy and scary when it needs to be, and when the intensity ramps up it becomes a really good thriller. I doubt everyone will be on board with how the plot develops but I enjoyed the ride, and I thought ‘The Invisible Man’ was much better than expected, and a welcome opportunity for Elisabeth Moss to showcase her leading lady credentials on the big screen.
Directed By: Leigh Whannell
Starring: Elisabeth Moss, Aldis Hodge, Storm Reid, Oliver Jackson-Cohen, Harriet Dyer and Michael Dorman