Movie Review: The Invisible Man (2020)

Synopsis: After escaping an abusive relationship with wealthy optics engineer Adrian Griffin, Cecilia Kass hides out with a police detective and his daughter. When Adrian kills himself and leaves her a $5 million apology, Cecilia finally begins to feel free. However, a series of strange occurrences make her believe Adrian is still alive, invisible, and tormenting her.

Who's in it? The movie stars Elisabeth Moss, Aldis Hodge, Storm Reid, Oliver Jackson-Cohen and Michael Dorman.

Review: I had some serious doubts about this film when I first saw previews for it, but my wife was interested in seeing it, so I ended up adding it to our Netflix DVD queue. After watching it last night, I quickly realized my doubts were confirmed.

I will start out by saying Elisabeth Moss put on an excellent performance in this movie. Her portrayal of Cecilia as a woman who was trying to regain her life after an abusive relationship was very believable. Unfortunately, the rest of the movie just doesn't do her performance justice.

The movie seemed to be borrowing a lot of its material from the classic thriller Glasslight, which, of course, featured a woman who was slowly being driven mad by her husband. The problem with this movie is we know (based primarily on the title of the film) Cecilia isn't just imagining things and, because of that, it doesn't have the same effect.

The end result was the movie was actually kind of dull. Even scenes that should have been intense because of the possibility of her abusive ex hiding somewhere in the room seemed to lack something because she never seemed to be in any actual danger.

I actually think this movie would have been better if it had been told from Adrian's (Jackson-Cohen) perspective. Why is he so controlling when it comes to Cecilia? What was his motivation for creating invisibility suits? Is he just evil or, like with the 1933 film and 2000's Hollow Man, is he being driven mad by his research? I think his lack of depth hurt this movie as much as anything else.

Final Opinion: To be fair, I thought the 1933 Claude Rains version was kind of dull too. Unfortunately, this movie really didn't do much to improve on it. If you are going to watch a remake, Hollow Man is still the better one.

My Grade: C

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