In 1897, H. G. Wells published a novel that would scare thousands with its initial release. In 1933, the first film adaptation of “The Invisible Man” was released, but it was the 2020 release that will continue to haunt dreams for the given future. Director Leigh Whannell takes a creative spin on the novel by telling the story through the terrified eyes of the stalked instead of the psycho scientist following his prey.
After escaping an abusive relationship, Cecilia, as played by Elizabeth Moss, receives news that her abuser committed suicide and left her his wealth, which was in abundance as he was a leading scientist in the field of ocular science. It was soon after she accepted the money that she realized that Adrian, played by Oliver Jackson-Cohen, was not dead but instead invisible. Cecilia quickly realizes that even in death, she can not escape the man who haunts her reality.
Although the movie was slightly predictable at times, I was left surprised by major events and anxious to see if the protagonist would survive the film as those she loved became caught in the crossfire.
“The Invisible Man” painted a beautiful picture of the reality of what the aftermath looks like when escaping abuse. Even though it would have been easy to paint Cecilia as the victim, creators were careful to show her as her own hero and her own advocate, once again empowering victims of abuse while illustrating the reality of unbelief and doubt that many who go through similar situations face.
During the two hours and five minutes of screen time, I was completely on the edge of my seat. However, the conclusion brought me a peace that is often abandoned by many modern suspense and thriller films.
I went into the theater expecting horror and left feeling empowered while simultaneously feeling the need to look over my shoulder and double-check the corners of my dark bedroom.
I give “The Invisible Man” 4 out of 5 stars.