THE INVISIBLE MAN
* * * ½ (Joyce)
* * * (Don)
(Update of classic horror film)
H.G. Wells wrote this classic horror story back in the late 1800s. In the 1930s it was made into a black and white movie.
It's back, this time as a modern horror film, complete with psychological overtones and modern technology.
Elizabeth Moss plays Cecilia Cass, a meek woman mentally abused by her controlling husband/partner. Adrian is a wealthy entrepreneur who has a room full of computers and equipment that comes into play late in the story, which opens with Cecelia escaping from his fortress-like mansion.
Her sister, whom she also sees as very controlling, takes her to a safehouse, where she is protected by her policeman friend and his teenage daughter. When she learns that Adrian has committed suicide, she slowly ventures out of the house, but things still go boom in the night. Cecelia is convinced that Adrian's ghost is haunting her and driving her mad. Her sister and others believe that it is all in her head and a result of trauma and powerful medication.
What the heck is going on?
Cecilia ends up in a mental facility, where things get even stranger, as the audience is challenged as to whether the poor woman is going completely mad, someone is setting her up, or there really is an invisible man.
Moss is terrific as Cecilia. Her body language conveys her instability and fear and eventually her madness. Then the movie takes a bizarre, violent turn. Joyce bought into the ending. I didn't. (That's the trouble with critics/writers. We always try to write our own endings).
The Invisible Man will hold your interest for two hours. The acting, background music and camera work is first class.
Rated R with violence, profanity and intensity.