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The Invisible Man Breaks Universal’s Monster Curse

It wasn’t that long ago when Johnny Depp was set to star in The Invisible Man, an entry in Universal’s would-be interconnected set of monster movies dubbed The Dark Universe (Think MCU, but with monsters). However, the plans for Dark Universe were entirely scrapped after the critical and commercial failure of The Mummy. Despite its failures, Universal did not write off these legacy characters and is instead focusing on smaller, filmmaker driven approaches. So, did Universal’s course correction pay off with 2020’s The Invisible Man?

The Invisible Man - Cecilia Kass (Elizabeth Moss)
Trapped in a violent, controlling relationship with a wealthy and brilliant scientist, Cecilia Kass (Elizabeth Moss) escapes in the dead of night and disappears into hiding.

Trapped in a violent, controlling relationship with a wealthy and brilliant scientist, Cecilia Kass (Elizabeth Moss) escapes in the dead of night and disappears into hiding, aided by her sister (Harriet Dyer), their childhood friend (Aldis Hodge) and his teenage daughter (Storm Reid). But when Cecilia’s abusive ex (Oliver Jackson-Cohen) commits suicide and leaves her a generous portion of his vast fortune, Cecilia suspects his death was a hoax. As a series of eerie coincidences turns lethal, threatening the lives of those she loves.

Directed by Leigh Whannell, The Invisible Man is a wildly sunspensul thriller exploring the psychological horror of partner abuse. With an eye for creative scares and action, Whannell succeeds in transforming the classic science-fiction into a suspenseful remake that’s overwhelmingly tense and narratively fulfilling. Through Whannell’s direction, the idea of invisibility serves as an effective conduit in exploring abusive relationships, gaslighting and narcissism.

The Invisible Man finds its emotional footing through Elizabeth Moss’ incredible performance as Cecilia.
‘The Invisible Man’ finds its emotional footing through Elizabeth Moss’ incredible performance as Cecilia.

While The Invisible Man is more interested in the literal consequences of being haunted by an abuser than the psychological ones, the film finds its emotional footing through Elizabeth Moss’ incredible performance as Cecilia. Carrying all of the emotional weight of the movie, Moss’ masterful performance urges the audience to offer their empathy, as they dive into a survivor’s psyche wrapped up in a compelling and terrifying movie.

Inducing high tension through the use of empty frames and clever filmmaking techniques, the cinematography of The Invisible Man is nothing short of amazing. Commanding levels of suspense and outright terror, the cinematography builds the tension scene by scene, which is why the film is at its strongest during the first two acts. The visual storytelling of The Invisible Man is designed to jolt you in your seat – and possibly out of it.

The Invisible Man
‘The Invisible Man’ is an engaging and visually interesting horror film that focuses on the realities of emotional violence and abuse.

All in all, The Invisible Man is an engaging and visually interesting horror film that focuses on the realities of emotional violence and abuse. Effective, well-acted and terrifying, The Invisible Man proves that even the most familiar horror can still be effective when done right. With the latest revision of The Invisible Man, Universal has given one of its horror classics a scary do-over with a powerful message.

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Alex Low
Alex Low

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