The Invisible Man ⭐️⭐️⭐️½
Nobody is saying Elisabeth Moss was abused in her prior marriage, but clearly something wasn’t right in the relationship. Both describe their marriage in an unfavorable light and this got me wondering if she used that negative experience and energy for inspiration in this movie.
Moss later described the relationship in a transparent interview with Vulture as a horrific experience. “Looking back, I feel like I was really young, and at the time I didn’t think that I was that young,” she said in 2014. “It was extremely traumatic and awful and horrible. At the same time, it turned out for the best. I’m glad that I’m not there. I’m glad that it didn’t happen when I was 50.”‘Handmaid’s Tale’ Star Elisabeth Moss Calls Previous Marriage to Former Saturday Night Live Cast Member ‘Traumatic’
Some actors and actresses can and do draw from personal life experience to enhance their performance.
Elisabeth Moss in this movie is utterly convincing. You feel for her every step of the way until the last 20 minutes of the movie.
… you have been warned, SPOILERS ahead ..
The Every Woman Elisabeth Moss
Part of what made Elisabeth Moss so believable in this movie, outside of her obvious great talent, is her physical appearance. She isn’t some overly skinny model type pretty woman actress. She’s has an average look about her. I’m reminded a bit of Scar Jo without the makeup in Marriage Story. Scar Jo is very pretty and I suspect that Moss is being intentionally made less attractive through makeup and wardrobe. This is very, very effective.
Nothing wrong with average, in fact, it works pretty darn good for a film where the horror of abuse is a real world issue. Viewers can just sense that Moss’s character is in real trouble. This just ratchets up the tension — in a very compelling manner.
Reviews by Others
Time to increase the visibility of others reviewing The Invisible Man:
- Ben Watches Things: “…once the movie gets going it really gets going, becoming a bit more ridiculous but also a lot more fun as Upgrade director Leigh Whannell has a blast choreographing action and utilizing camera movements.”
- Critical Hit / Sam Spiller: “This is not H.G. Well’s Invisible Man. This is not even Universal’s 1933 classic version of the Invisible Man. This is Elizabeth Moss having to deal with her dangerous past no longer being metaphorical and in the room messing with her. I was on board from start to finish.”
- Critics w/o Credentials: “…delivered a suspenseful and tension-filled story that keeps you on the edge of your seat from the very opening frame to the last. Elisabeth Moss offers an amazing performance of a woman who is pushed past the edge of sanity and goes to the extreme to prove what she knows is the truth.”
- David A. Lynch: “…the evolution that “The Invisible Man” and its woman protagonist undergo echoes the kind of new-age story Whannell has created—one whose familiar title echoes new crises, and which suggests how a sense of security will cease to be, in one bloody way or another.”
- DiscussingFilm / Andrew J. Salazar: “…is another sign that horror could not be going in a better direction. Well worth the time spent in a packed theater- one is guaranteed to leave with new, enhanced, or challenging thoughts in their mind. What works so well even makes some minor horror tropes fairly forgivable.”
- Drew’s Writing Loo: “The notion of trusting in what your own eyes can’t see is handled with superb affect by Whannell who, through the first half of the movie, elicits unease from the simplicity of the unknown.”
- Edward Lauder / Small Screen: “I would say it’s not overly scary, but I found myself completely immersed in what was happening to Cecilia and there are some truly shocking moments.”
- filmfanstake: “…is a slow burn. The tension that builds throughout will have you on the edge of your seat and keep you invested. Moss delivers a powerful performance.”
- Full Circle Cinema: “…is one banger of a horror film, a career high mark for everyone involved. It has scares galore, a sublime central performance, and a mission: expose the real monster haunting our society.”
- Funk’s House of Geekery (7/10): “If you want a straight forward but effective thriller, you’ll do a lot worse than this. Elisabeth Moss certainly sells the material. She has a lifetime of acting experience and she carries this film with ease.”
- High Contrast: “I’m happy to say that tonight I saw a something that exceeded my expectations. This also means Blumhouse is back on my good side, for now at least, which is nice to say after I had to sit through Fantasy Island.”
- Keith & The Movies (4.5/5): “…is pretty great, not because of Blum’s formula or even H.G. Wells’ fantastic source material. Instead it’s writer-director Leigh Whannell’s slow methodical pacing. It’s the stellar lead performance from Elisabeth Moss.”
- Leithal: “…is exactly the kind of old school monster re-make that Universal needs to use as a template for standard both in writing and special effects. These films don’t need to be massive budget tentpoles to succeed.”
- Logan Burd / Cinema or Cine-meh: “…is edge-of-your-seat tense from beginning to end. There’s no need to prep a go-bag. You’re going to want to stick with this one.”
- Paul Anthony / smashwritingblog: “I give them credit with using a real situation that a lot of women go through well using technology to make him appear invisible. There was no over the top drug and what not. The story was simple and they used some jump scares to make their point but nothing felt over the top.”
- Pixels & Film Cells: “…it entertains and subverts so well. Leigh Whannel (who previously directed Upgrade) has shown immense growth here showcasing his unique talents for dark storytelling. I will be eagerly awaiting to see what he does next.”
- The Illuminerdi: “…may not redefine the genre, it certainly explores the perspective of the victim much more effectively than many of its predecessors. With a strong cast and an artistic directorial hand, the film knows how keep the suspense up for most of its length.”
- Tony Cogan / Coog’s Reviews: “By putting the focus of the version of The Invisible Man on the angle of domestic abuse, Leigh Whannell creates a tense, disturbing version of this story, knowing exactly how to build tension throughout the film, with Elisabeth Moss’ performance helping to add to the horror.”
- Twin Cities: “Here, the emphasis isn’t on the title nut-job and the perils of science, but on his ex-girlfriend who learns that an abusive lover can be just as dangerous when he’s nowhere to be seen.”
Not Recommended (or on the fence)
- Amused In The Dark: “I just can’t shake that people will be entertained by this and not get the horror isn’t the invisibility, its the abuser and the victim no one believes.”
- Startled Sloth Reviews / Sean Farley (6/10): “…was a pretty fun movie to watch, even if it didn’t really make a lot of sense once you start thinking about it for more than 3 seconds. The dialogue is generally pretty bad and the premise is goofy as all hell, but the movie as a whole is uplifted by its solid performances, effective use of violence, and deeply unsettling depiction of psychological abuse.”
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