REVIEW: Horror film ‘The Invisible Man’ enthralls with endless suspense


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Staff Writer Ella Gillis writes that ‘The Invisible Man’ constantly keeps viewers on the edge of their seat.

Ella Gillis, Staff Writer

If you love the feeling of being on the edge of your seat right from the beginning, “The Invisible Man” is the movie for you.

This roughly two hour-long film is jam packed with all the suspense people who love horror movies are looking for. It’s a great movie to watch while stuck inside during quarantine.

“The Invisible Man” follows the life of Cecilia Kass (Elizabeth Moss) who escapes her relationship with her psycho ex-boyfriend Adrian Griffin (Oliver Jackson-Cohen). But then Adrian stages his own suicide and starts terrorizing Cecilia with his “optics genius.” Cecelia tries to communicate what’s happening, and no one believes her. But when he starts hurting the people close to her, she fights back.

Director Leigh Whannell knows just the right time for a pop-out scare during the film. He also did a great job of making sure the audience knew that Adrian was in fact there by showing footprints in the rug and other small clues.

The movie is loosely based on the 1897 book “Invisible Man” by H.G. Wells, but it is interpreted in more of a modern sci-fi way. It goes more in depth about how a woman can be manipulated and abused in relationships and connects well with the #MeToo movement.

“The Invisible Man” was the fifth-highest grossing film of 2020. It made $126.1 million just four weeks after being released. But after just four weeks of being in theaters, it was put on digital rental following the coronavirus pandemic.

I personally was never bored while watching this movie. It kept me on edge and was entertaining until the very end. I enjoyed how it had a much deeper psychological aspect to it that was nothing like other horror movies I’ve seen. Even after watching it, the film was still very much stuck in my head thinking about how much an abusive person can torment your life.

So if quarantine is starting to get to you, and you need a good scare with a lot to think about, “The Invisible Man” won’t disappoint.