The Invisible Man Review

Updated: Apr 12

I was surprised with how much The Invisible Man truly evoked fear and terror out of me. Considering that this is a reboot of the 1933 film, The Invisible Man, and also considering I have never seen the original, this seemingly felt like a pretty strong 21st century retelling of this story. The technological explantation was nothing extremely shocking or unimaginable because of our current and incoming advancements in tech (which may be the scariest part of this film) but also the subject matter and how the film drew fear was the most impressive part. While the 1933 version seemed to be more of a film derived from the Universal monster horror era such as Frankenstein and Dracula, and films that involved mad scientists and even potions that turn you invisible which, in the 1930s, made sense considering the spread fear of science that was due to the thought that there were superior human beings and the others would be taken away (the rise of Nazi's, etc.). This 2020 version of The Invisible Man uses the trauma and agonizing fear that comes with an abusive relationship. If they were to make a mad scientist-esque film like the 1933 version, that terror would not translate as well to today's audiences.

Once Elisabeth Moss' character realized he hadn't left her alone, no one believed her and they thought she was plain crazy. This is something that relates back to today's society in not listening to those who are/were abused and ignoring them. She was not being taken seriously, her voice wasn't heard which is a spread fear for women and all unrepresented people everywhere and an important discussion that I'm glad this dived into. It is done beautifully through the harsh sound design and wide, empty cinematography. And than the invisible man came along and made her deepest fears a reality! Love that! Not only is the abusive relationship a terrifying aspect but also just the idea of being watched, and having no clue, is something that many people today can relate to. The feeling of someone being behind your shoulder or looking through your computer screen, those are all unpleasant thoughts to say the least and shows how hard we have it when trusting technology and each other. And then mixing this with the fear and trauma that an abusive relationship can cause is what makes this film that much more scary and real for many.

This film did a wonderful job at creating tension and evoking this terror that I could relate to my life and our society in many ways. Every fight scene in this film, had me at the edge of my seat because they were exciting and unpredictable. I wasn't sure how violent or intense this film would get and it honestly kept surprising me. A problem I typically have with horror films is that they feel rushed and have flat characters but this film gave us people with depth and carefully choreographed scares that ultimately made this film an exciting and interesting watch. This is a film that I would not want to miss.


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