For some reason six horror films have been released in 2020, which is a lot since it’s now the beginning March as of this review. The Invisible Man is one of those six. Full disclosure, I’ve actually never seen any variation of invisible man but I do understand the concept of them, and when I heard they were going to do a new one as a horror film I imagined it would be shooting fish in a barrel when it comes to making it scary. Did it deliver on those thrills? Let’s find out.
In this 2020 remake, The Invisible Man follows Cecelia Kassies (Elizabeth Moss) who’s in a abusive relationship with a guy named Adrian Griffin (Oliver Jackson-Cohen), who also happens to make his riches in home and stealth security. One night Cecelia decides to escape with the help of her sister, Emily Kassies (Harriet Dryer), which upsets Adrian to where he gets violent as she tries (though successfully) to escape from him. Two weeks later she’s taken refuge at her friend James Lanier’s house (Aldis Hodge) and while she’s there she discovers from Adrian’s brother, Tom Griffin (Michael Dorman), that Adrian committed suicide and left her with a good amount of wealth. Cecilia should be happy that she’s about to restart her life, but soon she starts to get the feeling that she’s being watched wherever she goes and she soon suspects that it’s really Adrian who faked his death and has somehow found a way to become invisible.
After I watched The Invisible Man I felt fully positive about the film, but this past weekend I went to a party where I talked about it to several people and the more I talked about it the more I started to think about the plot holes and a lack of logic behind it. This is usually why I don’t write my reviews after I watch them because it gives me a chance to reflect about them. I still feel positive about the film, but it has major problems.
Also the following paragraph will contain spoilers, so if you don’t want The Invisible Man spoiled but still want to finish reading this review, skip this next paragraph.
When I was watching The Invisible Man I noticed that it was well-paced. Thus I didn’t recognize certain things at first and one of those things is how illogical the movie was. In the film Adrian possesses the ability to turn invisible through the use of a suit he designed and what bugged me about it was not how he was able to create it, but his motives when he was using it. The one thing that I kept questioning myself was why did he even have to fake his death to torment Cecilia? Couldn’t he have done that without fabricating a suicide? Apparently not, just so the film could build up tension, but I felt like there could’ve been other ways than faking a death. Another problem that I had with the film was a plot hole involving Cecelia becoming pregnant. She’s told by Tom (who also happens to be behind this plan of tormenting her) that her suffering will end if she goes back to Adrian and keep the baby. The question that I brought up during that scene was “so how would this be resolved if he’s already declared dead” and “wouldn’t her pregnancy be proof that Adrian was tormenting her without other people knowing it?” Again, it didn’t make sense, though I was glad that abortion wasn’t an action that took place during the film, which would’ve made this in an uneasy film to watch.
Now that I expressed my negative thoughts on The Invisible Man, I do want to mention the positive things about it because, like I said, I enjoyed more than I disliked it. When it came to the horror aspect, it was something that I really enjoyed because even though I knew what was going on, I was still creeped out and was on the edge of my seat worried for Cecelia. Granted, if I were to see this film again, I would probably be less scared because I know what’s going to happen, but if I get freaked out the first time then the movie has done it’s job well. Speaking of Cecelia, I may have mentioned this in previous reviews, but whenever you have likable characters in certain horror films it makes me want to root for them, and Cecilia was a likable person. She was always there helping James out with certain tasks in exchange for her staying at his place, and she also cared for his daughter to where (mild spoiler) she saves her life towards the climax of the film. There was one thing that she did towards the end of the film that I wasn’t completely on board with, but it was very minor and it was a quick scene.
The Invisible Man is not the fantastic horror film that I wanted it to be, but it was a decent thriller that did delivers on spine tingling moments. It worked when it did and despite the illogical motives by certain characters. Maybe now I’ll go check out the 1933 version of The Invisible Man, which is something that I should’ve done awhile ago.