The Invisible Man is a science fiction horror film released in 2020 by director Leigh Whannell. The movie is about a woman who believes she is being watched by her rich and abusive boyfriend even when he commits suicide. After vicious cycles of no escape, she assumed he had the ability to become invisible. The film stars Elisabeth Moss, Aldis Hodge, Storm Reid, Harriet Dyer, Michael Dorman, and Oliver Jackson-Cohen. This is an international collaboration film between the United States and Australia.
The Invisible Man movie was released in the United States on February 28, 2020 by Universal Pictures. The film has received many positive reviews from critics, praised Moss's acting, along with a novel plot with many unique sensational details. The film grossed $ 131 million worldwide against a total budget of $ 7 million and is currently the fifth highest-grossing film in 2020. Due to theaters being affected by Covid-19, Universal has announced that the movie will be broadcast online 4 weeks after it hits theaters.
Although the trailer is a bit exposed because the main character lines all appear, the director has been flexible in storytelling to help the movie attract audiences. In the early stages, Cecilia is still dreaming about what she is feeling, the movie has unexpected segments to create a certain fear. The background of the villa pretty outside, but deep in it is a vague horror with dark colors covering the gloomy atmosphere. The layout and decoration in the house are also very delicate, creating a feeling of ghost, loneliness, and lack of warmth of a family.
Director also exploited many close-ups with Cecilia standing alone in the middle of empty space, to create an effect of vagueness and solitude. Besides the main character, the surrounding objects are arranged intentionally so that the audience can notice the unusual things, the feelings that the MC is experiencing. The tactics of the camera angle and character position are used to the maximum, from interrupted scenes to faster-than-usual movements, making the viewers feel like they are observing from the perspective of the invisible person. In addition to horror or science fiction, emotional violence and coercion are also fully exploited. The first half of the film is the intimidation and playfulness of the wicked with prey. However, when the story gradually clears up, the movie rhythm is immediately pushed to the climax with many sensational and creepy scenes like other horror movies. The second half of the film is summarized as a top-notch match between the heroine and the invisible person, helping to elevate the movie from the shadow of other chasing thriller genres.
Elisabeth Moss is rated by many critics as the turning point after the series of the same genre. Her acting proves her strength from facial expressions, psychological progression to changes in facial expressions to reflect the psychological change in struggling with ambiguous things for too long.
The Invisible Man movie was praised by experts with 92% fresh score on the Rotten Tomatoes review page. The new drama board, the invisible ability from machine technology, is very close to the audience. The setup leads to some opening-up details about the ending, which is also the opening way for the sequel. However, many scenes still have many confusing points in the mechanism of the operation of the devices, along with the excessive subjectivity and indifference of the police.