By midlandsmovies, Mar 11 2020 01:12PM
The Invisible Man (2020) Dir. Leigh Whannell
The Invisible Man is a Universal horror film created by Blumhouse. After staging his own suicide, a crazed scientist (Oliver Jackson Cohen) uses his power to become invisible; to stalk and terrorize his ex-girlfriend played by Elisabeth Moss. When the police refuse to believe her story, she decides to take matters into her own hands and fight back.
The film is Written and Directed by Leigh Whannell who rose to prominence as one of the co-creators of the "SAW" franchise. After a failed attempt by Universal to create a shared Universe of Monsters that began with the Mummy in 2017. This second attempt comes to return the stories of iconic horror characters, and it is an unexpected success. The Invisible Man is a genre defining example of making a quality horror film.
Leigh Whanell proves in this film that less is more. Each shot of this movie is teeming with questions, with extensive emphasis on space, ambiguity and inanimate items. Whanell manages to finely prod the viewer with an impending cloud of anxiety and terror, and when the scares hit. They hit hard.
With a central performance that will in my mind propel Elisabeth Moss to a new level, her reactions, the sheer terror and victimisation of her character is apparent throughout. This movie touches on some dark themes that are relevant to popular culture. Whanell managed to tell this story without it being overtly political, but instead prying solely on the innate characteristics we hold as a collective, making this an uncomfortable and at times highly emotional ordeal.
But all in all, I would go as far as saying this is a modern horror masterpiece, Very rarely do horror movies of this calibre come along. We as an audience are bombarded and hindered with mindless, bland jump scares or uninteresting and spurious gore.
The invisible man has No cheap jump scares, no unnecessary gore and no cringe worthy decisions that rattle your head. The plot is so sharp and self-reflective and Elizabeth Moss's performance is so outstanding. The concept, direction, acting, script, complexity, themes and ending all contrive like a grand orchestra, and this movie has some independent scenes that are like an epic orchestras crescendo.
All so masterfully done. Phenomenal