Movie Review: 'The Invisible Man"

John Thomas

The husband, Adrian Griffin (Oliver Jackson-Cohen), isn’t very visible at the beginning of the movie and then, not at all – he has become invisible. In the field of optics, Adrian is an innovative genius – his personal life a control freak. His wife, Cecilia Kass (Elizabeth Moss), is the person he likes to control most. They live in a beautiful, remote home overlooking Stinson Beach. Handsome as Adrian is, and lavish as is the home, Cecilia takes drastic measures to leave both behind. With the aid of her sister, Emily Koss (Harriet Dyer), Cecelia does manage to escape her present situation and establish a life of her own.

James Lanier’s (Aldis Hodge) home is where she first goes to seek refuge. It appears to be a safe haven as James is a police officer and is raising a young daughter - at least it seems safe at the beginning. The untimely suicide of Adrian is viewed by Cecilia as a well-earned blessing – she is finally rid of him. His brother (who is also the attorney), summons Cecilia to his office for the reading of the will.

Adrian has left his wife $5 million – with stipulations. Among the curious stipulations: she is not to be arrested for criminal activity or mental incompetence, or the will is null and void. $100k installments of the total amount begin that same day.

She is very happy in her new home; everything is moving along smoothly until one day she sets fire to a pan she has put on the stove. “How did the heat get turned up?” she wonders. Other curious events continue to take place until she finally begins to wonder if her husband is really dead.

With his genius and inquisitive mind, has he figured out a way to make himself invisible? With inexplicable occurrences continuing to take place, Cecelia finally builds up courage to return to their abandoned home to investigate. Gaining access to a secure inner room in Adrian’s office/laboratory, she finally discovers how he is able to become invisible and now realizes he is still alive to torment her.

The shocking death of her sister lands Cecilia in jail - under arrest for her death. She can’t convince anyone that there is an invisible man behind all that has been happening, so she is also considered mentally unstable and placed under observation. That’s the end of her inheritance. With the unexpected aid of the invisible man, Cecelia manages to escape the prison mental ward and sneaks back to James’s home. Finally convinced she is tormented by her “late” husband, James offers his help.

With some confidence, Cecelia decides to pay one last visit to her former home - she has a plan to finalize the situation with the “invisible man.” The plan is well orchestrated, cleverly imagined and well suited to the circumstances, and, it works. Leaving the home for the last time, she walks up the steps from the front door to the parking area with a look of success and accomplishment on her face. She pauses, gazes up at the star-filled sky, turns her back to the house and, smiling, walks towards a waiting car.

“The Invisible Man” is directed by   Leigh Whannell (Credits:  Upgrade,  Insidious, Chapter 3), runs 124 minutes and is a “Should See” film


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