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|Originaltitel:||The Invisible Man|
|Genre:||Horror, Thriller, Mystery|
|Laufzeit:||Ca. 124 min|
|FSK:||From 16 years|
The marriage with the violent control freak Adrian (Oliver Jackson-Cohen) is for Cecilia Kass (Elisabeth Moss) the purest hell 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 and 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 begin to accumulate around her, Cecilia begins to doubt that Adrian is really dead. But when she gets to the bottom of the incredible truth, nobody wants to believe her. And so she has to fight alone against an opponent who remains hidden from her eyes…
With "The Invisible Man" Leigh Whannell ("Insidious 3") dares to reinterpret the classic material based on the novel by H.G. Wells. Actually, it was supposed to become part of the monster universe Universal Pictures wanted to start with the remake of "The Mummy". Johnny Depp was announced for the leading role for a long time. But after "The Mummy" fell far short of the studio's expectations despite the star power of Tom Cruise, the monster universe was immediately shattered and all planned projects were put on hold. But now the story starts with a significantly reduced budget under the leadership of producer Jason Blum completely independent of any franchise idea. </And so it's no longer the invisible man who gives the title - as would certainly have been the case with a Johnny Depp in the leading role - but his wife, played by Elisabeth Moss. Moss plays hard, but maybe a bit overdone here and there. One almost has the feeling as if she had all the positive reviews of her performance in the series "The Handmaid’s Tale - The Report of the Maid" in the back of her mind and wanted to put a scoop on it. 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. Nevertheless, in some places it just seems a bit too far over the top. </In addition, some of the secondary characters are rather disturbing. For example Sydney, the daughter of Cecilia's best friend, who behaves completely illogical in one scene towards the end, while in another she appears extremely unsympathetic, which is not intended. It may be that only I was bothered by this, but if someone gave me $10,000 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, which hardly has a negative effect on the overall impression. I guess I'm just too old-fashioned.
However, 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 added some really thrilling tension elements, which provide real thrills without much bloodshed. And, what really pleases me 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 favourite horror movie moments of the last years.
"The Invisible Man" proves with some small flaws that it doesn't need a big budget to direct a horror movie, which is not only visually and atmospherically convincing, but also (over long distances) acting and especially dramaturgically. There's a very clear case for that: Absolutely worth seeing!
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