Invisible Man (2020) Movie Review


Marian Beck

Diego Osorio, Staff Reporter

The Invisible Man (2020) is a film I’ve been wanting to watch for quite some time but I didn’t get the chance to see it in theaters. When it was announced that it was going to be released digitally, I was super excited as I would get to see it from the comfort and safety of my own house. My interest peaked with this movie because it’s the second monster movie to be released after The Mummy (2017), so I wanted to see how this movie would compare to that one. I also noticed the many great reviews and buzz surrounding it. On top of all that, the director and company behind the film are Leigh Whannell (Director) and Blumhouse (Company funding the movie). With all of that information, I knew that I was in for a thrill ride. 

The premise of the movie is when Cecilia’s abusive ex takes his own life and leaves her his fortune, she suspects his death was a hoax. As a series of coincidences turn lethal, Cecilia works to prove that she is being hunted by someone nobody can see. While I haven’t seen the original 1933 film, I really enjoyed this one. While the film is long and sometimes slow, it didn’t bother me in the slightest. There’s something in the frame that will keep you entertained. I would’ve putted the invisible man at the bottom of my list for classic monster movie characters, but after watching the movie it’s easily on top of the list. The way it was handled here was done so creatively and well that it makes me want a sequel right away. Another thing I liked was how small budget, but big scale this movie is. Not once did I feel like they needed a bigger budget. On a budget of $7 million, it has gone on to gross over $120 million worldwide. Another interesting aspect of the film is how long it is. For a run time of 2 hours and 4 mins, you would’ve figured a film like this the budget would’ve been higher, but the way they kept the costs down is incredible. If they had a bigger budget I feel like it would’ve ruined the movie and that’s the thing I like about Blumhouse. Their films don’t have crazy high budgets and make millions at the box office easily. 

The cast and crew did an amazing job for this film. The main character Cecilia played by Elisabeth Moss, did such a compelling job of a woman who has been abused at the hands of her husband as well as the paranoia that he could still be alive and stalking her. The supporting cast minus the sister of Cecilia did great. I didn’t like the way the sister acted in some scenes and she could’ve been cut out of the film more. The cinematography is done well and there aren’t any shaky cam cuts in the film. The film feels and looks professional which is a good thing. I feel as if Blumhouse has a great start for their own Dark Universe and I would like for them to do Creature from the Black Lagoon next. The possibilities are endless for what they can achieve with the budget given.