Elizabeth Moss, Oliver Jackson-Cohen, Harriet Dyer, Aldis Hodge
Directed by- Leigh Whannell
When Cecilia’s abusive ex takes his own life and leaves her his fortune, she suspects his death was a hoax. As a series of coincidences turn lethal, Cecilia works to prove that she is being hunted by someone nobody can see.
First of all, I just want to say that this evoked a lot of emotion in me.
Based on the novel, published in 1897, by the renowned author H. G. Wells. In 2005, his title, War of the Worlds, starring Tom Cruise, which was a success… So successful, while I was in the cinema with Stew and our parents at the ripe age of 10, I had to leave the theatre with my Mum because I was so terrified while Stew and Dad stayed to watch the rest. Not my finest moment…
So when I saw that another page-to-screen of Wells’ The Invisible Man was released, I got quite excited. After hearing and reading a few negative feedbacks, I reserved judgement to make my own opinions… I wish that I’d listened to those who’d already seen it!
The first 30 minutes are good, with our leading lady, Cecelia (Elizabeth Moss) escapes the hold her abusive boyfriend, Adrian (Oliver Jackson-Cohen) has had on her. After her dramatic escape, Cecelia is living with James (Aldis Hodge), a family friend, single parent to his teenage daughter who also just so happens to be a cop. After a while sister visits to tell Cecelia that her ex has died by an apparent suicide. Now, with no reason to fear Adrian, she tells her sister, Emily (Harriet Dyer) and James what abuse she had suffered at the hands of this boyfriend, notably physical and sexual assault and says that she’s been secretly taking birth-control. But then we run into one plot-hole after another.
During a job interview, Cecelia falls unconscious and finds that the drugs she used to sedate her ex with on that dreaded night, have been given to her and, while on the phone to the doctor, sees the bottle with a bloody thumbprint. Then she starts to notice that an invisible force is tormenting her and believes it to be her ex, but despite the evidence of the bloody thumbprint and her bloods show high levels of a sedative that she lost, indicating her being drugged, no one believes her. That’s my first issue.
After receiving a text from Adrian, she calls his number and finds she is led to the attic where his phone, a kitchen-knife in a zip-lock bag and her work, she pours wall-paint down the attic door and finally see’s an invisible man. But then, he vanishes and is able to wash off emulsion in seconds with no remnants of it on the suit. If you’ve ever decorated a room, you know that it takes a long time to wash that stuff off!
Next issue – While on the run from the invisible man suspected to be her ex, she meets with her sister in a restaurant to try and get someone to believe her and help her. Then suddenly, there’s a floating kitchen-knife that kills her sister. Cecelia is immediately arrested and sent to a criminal-psychiatric facility. Surely, since this rendition is based in the modern-day, there would be CCTV of a floating knife! And since this happened in a packed restaurant with other diners surrounding the two, someone would’ve noticed a floating knife! Botched investigation!
After her arrest, admission to the crimanal-psychiatric unit, we finally hear the voice of the invisible man. Shock, horror- it’s Adrian! And she’s pregnant… after Adrian supposedly died. So, she was raped by the invisible man without knowing. You’d notice the dull-ache and most likely notice the seed when you wake up, no one is able to cover-up something like that so forensically! Come on!
Cecelia attacks Adrian, the invisible man, with a pen, the wardens hear a commotion in her cell and run to investigate but are subsequently killed by Adrian. Cecelia makes her escape but is stopped by wardens that come to get control of the situation but is killed by the invisible man. So, each one is killed by a gunshot but they assume that Cecelia did it despite being unarmed and there’s a CCTV camera right in shot! Anyone that see’s the commotion from the control room will see a figure, not only glitching because of the damage it sustained from the pen going through it, but, if they missed that big hint, they’d see a floating gun at least!
When she escaped the psychiatric facility, she doesn’t need to worry about locked doors and key-codes apparently, because she just walks right out of there without the guards noticing the door opening by an invisible force. And he conveniently has rain running right through him so is undetectable, until Hollywood wanted you to see him.
After all these plot-holes and just generally annoying, convenient things, it just becomes too predictable.
Invisible man is killed, but then it’s NOT Adrian and James, the cop, despite all the mounting evidence, and also being attacked by the invisible man, still doesn’t believe Cecelia when she says there’s two suits!
All in all, without completely ruining the ending, I wouldn’t recommend this and am honestly shocked at how highly rated this is! As one user called this on IMDB; “The Invisible Plot” and I couldn’t agree more.