REVIEW: ‘The Invisible Man’ is a perfect modern telling of a classic horror story

If you haven’t see Leigh Whannell’s The Invisible Man, please go and see it right now! I promise it’s worth it.

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Elizabeth Moss stars as Cecilia, a woman tormented, physically and mentally, by her boyfriend Adrian (Oliver Jackson-Cohen). Cecilia has be clearly traumatized by Adrian’s abuse. She leaves him one night and takes shelter with a childhood friend, a cop, James (Aldis Hodge).

The story quickly unfolds as we learn about Adrian’s invisibility. Even though he’s been barely on-screen, we understand how dangerous and obsessive he can be. Being invisible is the perfect crime. Adrian definitely knows how to utilize this new power, in a bad way. Things start to happen, and the people around Cecelia start blaming her. She has a hard time proving that Adrian is behind it all.

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So far, I’m completely sold into this film. Elizabeth Moss puts on yet another fantastic performance. The soundtrack is perfect, and the filmmaking is at such a high level. I wasn’t sure how I was going to feel about having this story told in a modern setting. But it worked, and it worked well. The use of technology made it realistic in an eerie way. It was almost like Adrian is an evil Tony Stark.

Cecelia and Adrian’s relationship is told through her emotions. Even though we don’t get to see how he abuses her, you can tell how effected she is. The fact that he’s invisible makes it more terrifying, and the cinematography really shows that. Even though Cecelia may be the only one in the shot, you always have that feeling that Adrian’s there. It’s like how he’s always there in her head. He just can’t let her go.

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Cecelia knows now that she can never be alone. There’s no escape from Adrian now. He continues to frame her, making her look insane. It’s up to her to convince and prove that Adrian is the one behind everything. Her only hope is James, who she’s hoping will trust her.

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I’m so excited for the future of the Universal monster films. This was the start I was hoping it would have. Leigh Whannell crafted a near-perfect film, and I can’t imagine it an other way. I’d be curious to see this become involved within a universe. If it does I’d be happy. If it does’t, this 100% stands on it’s own.

RATING – 9.5/10

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