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Movie Review: The Invisible Man

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"The Invisible Man," follows Cecilia (Elisabeth Moss), a San Francisco architect who is in the middle of an abusive and controlling relationship with Adrian (Oliver Jackson-Cohen), a wealthy optics engineer. With the help of her sister Emily (Harriet Dyer), Cecelia escapes from Adrian's seaside home in a highly suspenseful moment in the film. Two weeks later, Cecelia is staying at the home of her friend James (Aldis Hodge), a police officer and his teenage Sydney (Storm Reid). Later Emily arrives with the news that Adrian who was apparently distraught over Cecelia having left him has committed suicide. In a meeting with Adrian's brother Tom (Michael Dorman), Cecelia learns that she has been left with $5 million in his will under the condition that she doesn't commit a crime. Despite being shown pictures of his body and an urn supposedly carrying his ashes, Cecelia begins to suspect that Adrian has faked his own death and has figured out a way to make himself invisible.

What makes this film stand out is its suspenseful atmosphere that provides scares by using clever camerawork by pointing to certain corners in a room to leave the audience guessing where the villian is hiding. Elisabeth Moss delivers a convincing performance as a woman who has lot her mind which helps provide suspense to move the story forward. Leigh Whannell, the writer and director of "The Invisible Man," leaves his mark on the film based on the H.G. Wells novel with excellent execution and an original take.

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