The Invisible Man (2020) Movie Review

Director: Leigh Whannell

Writer: Leigh Whannell (Screenplay) H.G. Wells (Novel)

Starring: Elisabeth Moss, Oliver Jackson-Cohen, Aldis Hodge, Storm Reid, Harriet Dyer, Michael Dorman, Benedict Hardie

Plot: 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.

Tagline – What You Can’t See Can Hurt You

Runtime: 2 Hours 4 Minutes

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

Verdict: First Great Horror of the Decade

Story: The Invisible Man starts as Cecilia (Moss) escapes her abusive relationship with Adrian (Jackson-Cohen), still haunted by her time thinking Adrian will find her, she is living with cop James (Hodge) and his daughter Sydney (Reid), when she learns the news that Adrian has killed himself.

While trying to move on with her life Cecilia starts to suspect Adrian is in fact still alive and faked his death to continue to ruin her life, with his knowledge of technology, which nobody will believe her story about, leading her to need to prove the truth before it is too late.

Thoughts on The Invisible Man

Characters – Cecilia Kass was once an ambitious architect who ends up getting involved in an abusive relationship, where nobody knows about, she has planned her escape, even though she is still caught under his spell, believing he will come for her, she is trying to continue her life after his death. Cecilia shows us just how difficult escaping an abusive relationship can be and how not everybody is going to understand the story. Adrian Griffin is the tech genius that has been controlling Cecilia’s life refusing to let her live her life and after she leaves, he kills himself, only he continues to haunt her life using his knowledge of tech. James is a police officer that takes in Cecilia, while raising his teenage daughter, he is very open and patient with Cecilia, only he will always put his daughter first.

PerformancesElisabeth Moss is fantastic in the leading role, giving us one of the greatest performances of the year. Aldis Hodge was great to watch too, showing both sides of his character very well. While the actual invisible man is more about the presences, it is truly hard to give a true description about the acting behind it.

StoryThe story here follows a woman escape her abusive relationship only to learn the man has killed himself, only he hasn’t, he is still haunting her using his own creation to continue to torment her life. Where this story is very interesting, is by not telling us everything about Adrian, we start with the escape and learn about him from how Cecilia tells the people in her life. This helps because we slowly see how Cecilia could well be losing her mind and by sucking out all of the sound in most scenes, we have a tension filled story.

Horror/Sci-FiThe horror in this film comes from seeing how Cecilia is being haunted by an invisible threat and how that person goes about causing the pain in her life, while the sci-fi side of the film shows us just how the invisible effect is achieved.

SettingsThe film does use the locations to show the different places Cecilia finds herself, from the glamorous mansion, to the suburban location or the hospital she finds herself being assessed in.

Special EffectsThe effects are flawless to make every action seem nature despite the attacker being invisible.

Scene of the Movie – The Dinner.

That Moment That Annoyed Me – It never seems to be explained the relationship between Cecilia and James.

Final Thoughts This is easily going to become one of the best horrors of the year, with one of the best performances of the year from Elisabeth Moss, being one of the most gripping movies too.

Overall: Fantastic

Dark Waters (2019) Movie Review

Director: Todd Haynes

Writer: Matthew Michael Carnhan, Mario Correa (Screenplay) Nathaniel Rich (Magazine Article)

Starring: Mark Ruffalo, Anne Hathaway, Tim Robbins, Bill Pullman, William Jackson Harper, Mare Winningham, Victor Garber

Plot: A corporate defense attorney takes on an environmental lawsuit against a chemical company that exposes a lengthy history of pollution.

Tagline – The Truth Has a Man on the Inside

Runtime: 2 Hours 6 Minutes

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

Verdict: Important Case, Told Too Slowly

Story: Dark Waters starts when defence attorney Robert Bilott (Ruffalo) gets invited to put a lawsuit against the very chemical company who works for by Wilbur Tennant (Camp) who has lost his whole herd of cows to different illness, ones he believes to be environment.

Robert decides to take the case, much to his boss Tom Terp (Robbins) annoyance, which will see him take on one of the biggest firms in America, with the claim they deliberately poisoned the water for years.

Thoughts on Dark Waters

Characters – Robert Bilott has been working to defend chemical companies for years, now he is asked to lead a case against one of the biggest firms DuPont, which could put his own career as a lawyer on the line to expose one of the biggest poisoning and lack of care in America. Sarah is the wife of Robert’s she doesn’t like his work to start with, but sees how it might even be effecting people in their own life, backs him in his fight against the company. Tom Terp is Robert’s boss, he isn’t happy with him putting the case together to start with, only once he sees his case, he will back him to do the right thing. Harry Dietzler is the lawyer that handles to trial for Robert, he knows how to play the courtroom to get the best out of the situation.

PerformancesMark Ruffalo in the leading role is the highlight of the film, he shows the sacrifice the man made to win the case. When it comes to the supporting case Anne Hathaway, Tim Robbins and Bill Pullman are all strong with their roles in the film.

StoryThe story follows a defence attorney that will risk his career to take on a giant firm accused of dumping chemicals into the water supply causing countless numbers of side effects that affects millions, this case does go on for decades and we see the ups and downs along the way. The story is important because it shows how bad the corruption in a company can be, which is sadly, one of the weaknesses in the story, we are trying to get too much information out, while not having enough to work with because of the number little cases involved. With the scale of the story being this big, it would have been better to get a mini-series, which could have explored more of what was going on in the grand scale of things.

BiopicThis was the important story of one man’s struggle to try and make a difference when taking on a massive company that will do anything to keep the little man down.

SettingsThe film uses the settings to show us just what the company was doing and how the people had been affect by their careless action.

Scene of the Movie – The cases start.

That Moment That Annoyed Me – There is too much to cover in just a movie.

Final Thoughts This is an interesting look at the important case that showed how hard one person worked to make a different against a company that wouldn’t give him a chance.

Overall: Could have had more.