Haunting Abusive Presence

Name: The Invisible Man
Genre: Horror, Mystery, Sci-fi
Year: 2020

Elisabeth Moss was made for this role. The way she shows the raw emotion of falling apart, unable to prove what is happening to everyone else is fascinating to watch. This psychological horror thriller focuses on Cecilia (Elisabeth Moss), a woman who has built the courage and strength to flee her controlling, abusive and manipulating boyfriend Adrian (Oliver Jackson-Cohen). He is a tech billionaire and a genius in optics technology.  Even though she’s away from his grasp she constantly lives in fear that he will find her – until her sister tells her that he’s died. He leaves her a whopping inheritance, but this was only a trap. His hold over her increases as everywhere she goes he will always be there watching her. 

Adrian has found a way to make himself invisible and faked his own death. His presence is back tingling creepy. The camera work and music selection builds the suspense making it feel like someone is there even though nothing is in shot. The audience can literally feel his presence, and yet we still have moments where we doubt Cecilia. As she looks into blank space her eyes are like a separate narrator to the audience. Do we believe that someone has invented a way to become invisible, or is she really just going crazy and her mind is playing tricks on her?

Moss incredibly makes us believe the pain Adrian has put her through forcing the audience to want to side with her, want to believe her and ultimately wanting her to escape his evil clutches. 

I automatically knew The Invisible Man was going to be a film that makes you feel scared and that someone is lurking behind you, or in the case right in front of you. With Director Leigh Whannell working on the movie it was clear that he learnt from his previous projects, Insidious: Chapter 3 and Upgrade, and shown he’s uncovered the secret of a great horror film: The scariest things are those that you cannot see. 

The illusion of someone watching you live your life, looking at you while you sleep is always a chilling thought. The vulnerabilities of Cecilia is so direct with a raw nakedness; a woman with no place to hide and no one to believe her. When she tells her friends, her sister (Harriet Dyer) and eventually the authorities about her invisible back from the dead ex trying to destroy her, we can kind of understand why they don’t believe her. Even though there is plenty of evidence she is telling the truth. 

This film gives you the uncomfortable suspenseful feeling throughout, making you wonder if Aidrian is actually around or is it just the clever camera work making you think so. But wherever you go, whatever you do… He will be watching you. 

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