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Invisible Man is nothing short of a great horror and psychological thriller that creates confusion in the viewer along with the protagonist. The film stars Cecelia, played by Elizabeth Moss, as she attempts to escape from her abusive boyfriend. However, after she believes she has finally left him in the past, he uses his genius engineering ability to create an invisible suit to stalk and terrorize Cecelia, making everyone close to her question her sanity. Elizabeth Moss’s amazing performance, as well as incredible cinematography, are the two strongest aspects of this chilling take on a tale almost 90 years old.
Elizabeth Moss does an amazing job as the protagonist of the film. The viewer can relate to her and her struggle at every step as she, and those around her, question the validity of her ex-boyfriend being able to stalk her in such a way. You see early on in the film how much she fears her ex as she struggles to return to a normal life after leaving him, which only adds to the suspense and fear. Every moment she is on screen feels genuine and heartbreaking as we see her try to convince others of what is happening.
The cinematography in this film is absolutely amazing and adds to the tension of the story. At several points, the camera will leave just enough empty space for you to wonder “Is he standing there, or am I just as paranoid as everyone believes Cecelia is?” Other moments will show every actor leave the shot, and make the viewer wonder if they’re missing something that shows The Invisible Man creating some form of chaos for Cecelia. The way that some of the shots are created feels very similar to Jordan Peele’s style of visual storytelling in all of the best ways.
The film is not perfect, however, as there are some moments in the plot that seem to drag on longer than necessary without much reasoning. However, there are other moments that go on for the perfect length and truly add suspense to the plot. It is these moments where the plot drags that are truly disappointing, but they are far and few between when compared to all of the moments that make the plot so shocking and memorable.
So, should you go see The Invisible Man? Without a doubt, yes. I myself am not a big fan of horror films since they can get predictable and repetitive, but this is not the case with here. It is great for a date night or a taking a few friends to the movies to be scared for roughly two hours. The film keeps up the suspense almost perfectly from scene to scene thanks to terrific cinematography. The man responsible for this camera work is named Stefan Duscio, and I think we owe him and Elizabeth Moss a big thank you for creating one of the most chilling, suspenseful, and shocking horror films where we rarely ever see anything in the shot at all. If you’re a fan of the horror films Jordan Peele has been making in the past few years, then you will definitely be a fan of this retelling of the Invisible Man.
I give this film a solid 4/5.
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