see no evil
Universal tries their hand again in rebooting their famous monster movie properties, despite the lack of success with their previous attempts going all the way back to 2010's The Wolfman. One after another, the films have fallen flat; failing to resonate with moviegoers but more so because they don't do justice to the source material. It's become such a common practicality to expect reboots to fail nowadays for either going far off in the wrong direction to be unique or staying too close to the source that the changes only feel cosmetic. The Invisible Man manages to find a solid albeit reserved balance between the two that its' quality makes it a grade better than the previous reboots in Universal's monster catalog. The film opens with Cecilia's (Elizabeth Moss) escape from her abusive boyfriend Adrian (Oliver Jackson-Cohen) as she leaves behind the violent, manipulative life she's endured for some time. Shortly after leaving him and waiting in hiding, Cecilia receives the shocking news that Adrian has died per suicide. At first, Cecilia's cold reception to the news is met with relief as she can finally move forward with her life but as the days go by strange occurrences begin to haunt Cecilia, phenomenons she can't explain. The experiences ultimately clarify what Cecilia had suspected from the start, not only is Adrian alive but is hell-bent on plaguing her to no end. One major change that is immediately notable about this new
version is that the mythos has been changed to be a bit more grounded in reality in the case that the matter of how Adrian becomes invisible is more believable. The other is incorporating the topic of abusive relationships and the mental abuse it can leave on a victim after leaving said relationship. Even with the welcome changes which meld fluidly with the film, unfortunately the film lacks the biting tension Blumhouse has been known for as well as genuine scares. Although there are some "whoa" moments that are actually surprising, overall the film isn't scary and it feels as if the film is afraid to go that extra mile despite its' rating and the topics it touches on. Even with these drawbacks, , the film is still an enjoyable watch thanks to Moss' performance and the pacing which helps move the movie along from feeling
like it's dragging its' feet. While it could have been better, The Invisible Man is a furtherance to Universal's monster catalog and has certainly lifted the quality of how these entries can be done.