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The Invisible

The Invisible

USA 2020 - mit Elisabeth Moss, Aldis Hodge, Storm Reid, Michael Dorman, Harriet Dyer ...

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Originaltitel:The Invisible Man
Genre:Horror, Thriller, Mystery
Regie:Leigh Whannell
Produktionsland:USA 2020
Laufzeit:Ca. 124 min
FSK:From 16 years
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The marriage with the violent control freak Adrian (Oliver Jackson-Cohen) is pure hell for Cecilia Kass (Elisabeth Moss), from which she finally wants to escape. With the help of her sister Emily (Harriet Dyer) she manages to escape one night and hides out with her childhood friend James (Aldis Hodge) and his daughter Sydney (Storm Reid). For weeks she lives in panic to be discovered here, until she receives the news that her ex, a wealthy as well as brilliant scientist in the field of optics, has taken his own life. Cecilia gets a large part of his fortune and the freedom she has longed for so long. But when uncanny coincidences start to accumulate in her surroundings, Cecilia begins to doubt that Adrian is really dead. But when she uncovers the incredible truth, no one will believe her. And so she has to fight alone against an opponent who remains hidden from her eyes…

With "The Invisible" Leigh Whannell ("Insidious 3") dares to reinterpret the classic material based on the novel by H.G. Wells. Actually, the part of the monster universe that Universal Pictures wanted to start with the remake of "The Mummy" should become part of the monster universe. Johnny Depp had long been announced for the lead role. But after "The Mummy" fell far short of the studio's expectations despite the star power of Tom Cruise, the monster universe was immediately destroyed and all planned projects were put on hold. Now, however, the story is being launched with a significantly reduced budget under the leadership of producer Jason Blum, completely independent of any franchise idea. </And so it is no longer the invisible man who gives the title - as it certainly would have been the case with Johnny Depp in the leading role - but his wife, played by Elisabeth Moss. Moss plays strongly, but perhaps here and there a bit too much. One almost has the feeling as if she had all the positive reviews of her performance in the series "The Handmaid&rsquo;s Tale - The Maid's Report" in the back of her mind and wanted to add a shovel to that. This fits to the character she plays, as she is always balancing on the edge of madness, not least because of the psycho terror of her transparent husband. Still, at some points it just seems a bit too far over the top. </p>

In addition some of the side characters are rather disturbing. For example Sydney, the daughter of Cecilia's best friend, who behaves absolutely illogical in one scene towards the end, while in another moment she appears extremely unsympathetic, which is not intended, though. It may be that only I was bothered by this, but if someone would give me 10.000 dollars a month, a simple "thank you" would be more important to me than a cool dance of joy. I admit that this is really only a small thing that hardly has a negative effect on the overall impression. Probably I am just too old-fashioned.

Anyway, we come to the most important question about the film: Is it exciting or even scary? The answer here is quite clear. Yes! Especially in the first half Leigh Whannell has built in some really thrilling suspense elements, which provide some real thrills even without much bloodshed. And, what I'm really happy about as a fan of the genre, he also managed to create two really good surprises, which I don't want to spoil here. But one of them already belongs to my favorite horror movie moments of the last years.

"The Invisible" proves with a few little flaws that it doesn't need a big budget to direct a horror movie, which is not only visually and atmospherically convincing, but (over long distances) also acting and especially dramaturgically. For this there is a clear commitment: Absolutely worth seeing!

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