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Movie Review - The Invisible Man (2020)

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The Invisible Man (2020) Movie Poster

The Invisible Man (2020) Movie Poster

Overview

The Invisible Man (2020) is a Australian-American science fiction horror film directed and screenplay written by Leigh Whannell. The film is produced by Blumhouse Productions, Universal Pictures, Goalpost Pictures, and Nervous Tick. The Invisible Man (2020) is distributed by Universal Pictures. It was released on February 27, 2020 in Australian and American theaters. Since its release, the film has grossed over $140.6 million in box office revenue. This film is a loosely based adaptation of H.G. Wells novel The Invisible Man. The Invisible Man (2020) cast stars Elisabeth Moss as Cecilia Kass, Aldis Hodge as James Lanier, Storm Reid as Sydney Lanier, Harriet Dyer as Emily Kass, and Oliver Jackson-Cohen as Adrian Griffin.

Director Leigh Whannell and Elisabeth Moss at The Invisible Man (2020) movie premiere

Director Leigh Whannell and Elisabeth Moss at The Invisible Man (2020) movie premiere

The Invisible Man (2020) cast at the movie premiere

The Invisible Man (2020) cast at the movie premiere

Summary

In the beginning of the film, Cecilia Kass (Elisabeth Moss) sneaks out of her boyfriend, Adrian Griffin (Oliver Jackston-Cohen) luxurious house while he is asleep from the diazepam that Cecilia drugged him with. Cecilia runs toward the open empty road and her sister, Emily Kass (Harriet Dyer) picks her up. Few days later, Cecilia now lives with her friend, Detective James Lanier (Aldis Hodge) and his teenage daughter, Sydney (Storm Reid). Adrian’s brother and a lawyer, Tom Griffin (Michael Dorman) informs Cecilia that Adrian ended his life and left a $5 million dollar check to her to inherit. Back at Lanier’s house, Cecilia senses a strange presence inside her room and tells Detective James that there is someone watching her. Detective James tells her that there is no one inside her room and that she is overthinking.


Adrian asleep from the diazepam effect

Adrian asleep from the diazepam effect

Cecilia leaving Adrian's house garage

Cecilia leaving Adrian's house garage

The next day, a job employer interviews Cecilia and she finds out her resume documents missing. Out of nowhere, she faints and is sent to the hospital. The doctor tells her that she has diazepam in her system. She finds out that it was the same drug that she drugged Adrian with in the beginning of the film. Cecilia meets with Tom and tells Tom that Adrian faked his death. Tom baffled by her claim, tells her that Adrian is dead. Cecilia tells Tom that Adrian created an invisible suit in his laboratory and is now using it to stalk her. Back at Lanier’s house, Cecilia convinces Detective James and Sydney that Adrian is alive. Sydney gets hit in the face by an unknown invisible figure and accuses Cecilia of hitting her.


Tom informs Cecilia about Adrian's death

Tom informs Cecilia about Adrian's death

Sydney hit in the face by an unknown invisible figure

Sydney hit in the face by an unknown invisible figure

At night, Cecilia finds Adrian’s phone on the ground and is attacked by an unknown invisible figure. She escapes the attack and takes a cab to Adrian’s home. Cecilia enters his empty house and heads to the laboratory. Inside Adrian’s lab, she discovers the invisible bodysuit and immediately leaves. She meets with Emily at a restaurant to tell her about Adrian’s invisible bodysuit. The unknown invisible figure kills Emily by slitting her throat and places a knife in Cecilia’s hand. Other diners scream in horror as the police arrive and arrest Cecilia. Cecilia is sent to a mental institution and finds out that she is pregnant. Tom meets with Cecilia and tells her that he will drop charges against her if she returns to Adrian in person. Cecilia declines and secretly steals Tom’s pen. Later that night, Cecilia is in her cell and attempts to end her life by stabbing herself with Tom’s pen. The unknown invisible figure stops her and both get into a scuffle. Cecilia manages to stab the unknown invisible figure and the security guards arrive to stop her. The unknown invisible figure knocks the security guards out while Cecilia escapes the mental institution.


Cecilia discovers the invisible bodysuit in Adrian's lab

Cecilia discovers the invisible bodysuit in Adrian's lab

Emilia meets her sister, Cecilia at the restaurant

Emilia meets her sister, Cecilia at the restaurant

Cecilia in her mental institution cell

Cecilia in her mental institution cell

Cecilia carjacks a car and rushes to Lanier’s house. She arrives to find the unknown invisible figure attacking Sydney. Cecilia tries to stop the figure, but fails. Detective James arrives and fights the figure, but gets knocked out. Cecilia grabs the gun and shoots the figure. The unknown invisible figure collapses and dies on the floor. Cecilia walks over to unmask the figure and finds out that Tom was in the invisible bodysuit. The SWAT team raids Adrian’s home and searches for Adrian. They find him inside a boiler room and rescues him. Cecilia puzzled by the news of Adrian being alive, she tells Detective James that Adrian was behind it all. Detective James and Cecilia decide to pay a visit to Adrian’s home.

Detective James, Cecilia, and Sydney discuss about Adrian being behind it all

Detective James, Cecilia, and Sydney discuss about Adrian being behind it all

Cecilia and Adrian have dinner together at his home. Cecilia asks Adrian if he was the one in the invisible bodysuit. Adrian declines and that Tom was behind it all. He also tells her that he regrets abusing Cecilia and wants to change. Revealing his confession through a recorded microphone, Cecilia excuses herself to the restroom. Adrian waits for Cecilia to return and gets slit in the throat out of nowhere by an unknown invisible figure. The unknown invisible figure unmasks itself revealing to be Cecilia. Cecilia reveals to Adrian that she stole an extra invisible bodysuit from the lab. She leaves as Adrian dies from his wound. Detective James arrives at the front of the house and sees her holding the invisible bodysuit. He let’s her go and Cecilia walks away from the house in peace.


Cecilia and Adrian have dinner together

Cecilia and Adrian have dinner together

Cecilia walks away after Detective James lets her go

Cecilia walks away after Detective James lets her go

Review

The Invisible Man (2020) takes on a whole new different story compared to the other adaptation movies of the novel. The film doesn’t really follow the same narrative structure as the novel does. This film is for anyone that wants to be spooked at night and this film will definitely make you root for the main protagonist. There are some flaws with this film, not a lot of action scenes and long dialogues make this film drag a little bit. Adrian Griffin’s character doesn’t reveal too much about his personality or what kind of person he is. Other characters describe him as abusive and narcissistic. This will be the fourth movie that Leigh Whannell has directed. Leigh Whannell is known for his acting role as Adam Faulkner in Saw I and as Specs in the Insidious movie trilogies. He has also worked a lot with his friend, James Wan and co-wrote numerous movie screenplays for him. The Invisible Man (2020) is now streaming on HBO Max with regular subscription, Hulu with premium subscription, and Amazon Prime Video with premium subscription.

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