It was only a few years ago that Universal tried to reinvent and reintroduce the “Universal Classic Monsters” series with 2017’s The Mummy starring Tom Cruise. The Mummy was so embarrassingly awful that Universal scrapped its blueprint for a shared monsters universe titled “Dark Monsters” and decided to treat each film property individually. The first film up to bat is director Leigh Whannell’s modernized take on the 1933 classic The Invisible Man.
Cecilia Kass (an electric Elizabeth Moss) is trying to escape the clutches of her ultra-rich and incredibly abusive boyfriend Adrian (Oliver Jackson-Cohen). Adrian is a world-renowned scientist that specializes in optics and surveillance. After an emotionally battered Cecilia escapes and goes into hiding, she gets word that her boyfriend has committed suicide and she is set to inherit millions. There is only one catch, Cecilia can’t commit a crime or be found mentally incompetent or she forfeits everything. It is at this point of the film that The Invisible Man ramps up the dread factor as things start to go bump in the night. Cecilia is viewed as the crazy one, even though Adrian was a monster before he became invisible.
The Invisible Man does a great job of giving the audience a glimpse into the atrocities of domestic violence. While the 1933 version was primarily shown through the eyes of the Invisible Man, this new #MeToo version plants us firmly in Cecilia’s shoes and doesn’t just show us the physical torture she endures, but also the ugly, mental gaslighting that always comes along for the ride. The Invisible Man is a heart pounding thriller that will have you second guessing that apparently empty room.
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By SCOTT PETERSON
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