- Rating: 4 / 5
- Director: Leigh Whannell
- Written By: Leigh Whannell
- Cast: Elizabeth Moss, Aldis Hodge, Storm Reid, Oliver Jackson-Cohen
“What you can’t see, can hurt you”
When we talk about the horror genre it’s basically a culmination of thriller, slasher and supernatural elements. The Invisible Man, directed by Leigh Whannel, is based on the book of the same name by HG Wells which is one of the most read books in the history of sci-fi literature and has been an inspiration behind many films and series. Now this new film might appear like a reboot but Whannel turns this classic story into a masterpiece horror with a backdrop of psychological abuse in relationships.
The plot is exactly what the trailer showed you but what the trailer didn’t show you is the emotional quotient of this film. Film doesn’t try to feed you anything, rather takes you to the world of Cecelia Kass (played by a terrific Elisabeth Moss), a woman who has been drained and scarred so much by her ex that the only thing that is left in her life is fear. The director (who has written films like Saw, Insidious and Dead Silence) is no mood to give you a routine horror based on jump scares and so, he creates the atmosphere where every breath and every step (literally) adds up to the narrative. editing is sharp and the excellent cinematography by Stefan Duscio will definitely remind you of David Fincher where the frame isn’t just a rectangular window but a painted canvas.
The story begins with Cecelia running away from a posh sea-facing house only to find out that the person she thought she has gained freedom from has somehow discovered a way to become invisible. Its really impressive to see a horror film not going a routine way and actually having a good plot to rely on. Though films like Get Out and Us has redefined the horror genre, but a quality horror film is a rarity and The Invisible Man manages to become one of those quality horrors where you remain emotionally invested till the last frame. I bet the plot twist in the climax is just definitely going to blow your minds and therefore I suggest you hold your popcorn bucket or cold drink bottles tightly.
The Invisible Man is highly recommended!