Andrea’s film review – The Invisible Man

The Invisible Man – (2020) ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Review by Andrea Carnevali

When Cecilia’s abusive ex takes his own life and leaves her his fortune, she suspects his death was a hoax. As a series of coincidences turn lethal, Cecilia works to prove that she is being hunted by someone nobody can see. Available to watch on Netflix.

It’s a slow week out in cinemas this week. Very little has been released, so what better excuse to dip into some of the (too) many streaming platforms?

This week, the 2020 version of The Invisible Man has appeared on Netflix.

I remember this was one the last films to be released just before the pandemic hit the world and consequently it stayed in the cinema for ages, since everything else was put on hold… That is until they closed down too.

I remember being very impressed by it and watching it again tonight I was surprised to see how well it held up, even on a second viewing.

We’ve certainly come a long way from the usual “invisible man” tropes with the man wrapped up in bandages with his evil laugh. I have actually watched the original from 1933 very recently and it’s pretty laughable (and don’t get me started on Hollow Man with Kevin Bacon from 2000).

This is really an elegantly made, very solid and incredibly tense film.

It’s all held together by a magnificent performance by Elisabeth Moss, whose raw emotions are laid bare for all of us to see; she’s really the driving force of this, but also heart and soul of the film.

Director Leigh Whannell loves to play with the audience’s expectations, as his camera lingers on empty frames, aware that we came to see a film entitled The Invisible Man and we can all fill the blanks… or rather the empty space. At times the tension is unbearable.

The concept of The invisible Man itself also gets updated for the modern audience… I can’t say more because that would be a spoiler, but it’s a great and new take on the genre.

There are countless unexpected twists and turns which keep the film moving along and even if the end itself is telegraphed from miles away, there are some great surprises here and there.

I still remember when I first watched this, at some point about half-way through the film, during one of the many twists, my audience literarily exploded in a “Nooooo” in support of our heroine… And watching it again tonight I have to confess a little expletive escaped my mouth during the exact same bit.

Yes, after a while the fact that nobody EVER believes poor Elisabeth Moss gets a little bit repetitive and slightly annoying, and also somewhere around the last act the film does lose a little bit that wonderful tension it had created up to that point, but on the whole, this is certainly one the best thrillers I have seen in a long time.

Andrea Carnevali is a Bafta winning film maker who lives in Chiswick.

The Invisible Man (2020) is available to watch on Netflix.

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