'The Invisible Man' (2020) [Blu-ray+DVD+Digital]
(Elisabeth Moss, Aldis Hodge, Storm Reid, Harriet Dyer, Michael Dorman, et al / Blu-ray + DVD + Digital / R / 2020 / Universal Studios)
Overview: What you can't see can hurt you. Trapped in a violent, controlling relationship with a wealthy scientist, Cecilia (Elisabeth Moss) escapes in the dead of night and disappears into hiding.
But when her abusive ex suddenly dies, Cecilia suspects his death was a hoax. As a series of eerie coincidences turns lethal, threatening the lives of those she loves, Cecilia's sanity begins to unravel while she desperately tries to prove she is being hunted by someone nobody can see.
Blu-ray Verdict: Leigh Whannell is not a subtle filmmaker - at least, that's what I used to think. The Saw and Insidious movies are over-the-top and shocking, which is fine, and I enjoyed Upgrade quite a bit, but I was afraid the Invisible Man would fall into the same trap of shock-value over substance.
Thankfully, I was wrong.
From the opening scene, the movie sucks you in with tension and unease. Cecilia (Elisabeth Moss) is trying to escape from her abusive boyfriend while he is asleep, and with practically no dialogue or exposition, we immediately understand the situation and feel for Moss' character.
She's trapped in an abusive relationship and fears for her life. It's a testament to Whannell's deliberate direction, using visual cues to give us the information we need while slowly ratcheting up the suspense. The movie is not reliant on jump scares.
There are a few, but they're 100% earned and actually effective because we care about the characters. The excellent score helps add to the atmosphere, alternating between pulsating ambience and melancholy orchestral bits.
From the concise writing, likable characters, clever directing, a powerhouse lead performance, and a genuinely scary villain, 'The Invisible Man' (2020) gets just about everything right.
I suppose you could nitpick some of the logic, but that's missing the point. It's a film about gaining freedom from a toxic relationship, and Whannell knows exactly how to pace the story so that we don't spend too much time dwelling on potential plot holes.
Watching with my family alongside me, we all jumped in unison many times over and were gasping in awe. It's a nail biting experience that does not let up.
The beauty of this film is that it is a very fresh take on one of Universal's jewels. And the premise is also very plausible in today's technology driven society.
Overall, and even though the lingering last shot is held way too long for me personally, 'The Invisible Man' (2020) is an absolutely gripping and expertly crafted psychological thriller.
As for the special features, the stand out for me was Director's Journey with Leigh Whannell where director/writer Leigh Whannell acts as tour guide through principal photography, from day 1 to day 40.
He not only discusses how he has been a major horror fan since his teenage years, but how it was always horror iconic villains that were his go-to for viewing pleasure.
We also get, as the step by step reveals itself self day after day, a look at how the "invisible" man was created re: a man in a green suit, of course, and how Elisabeth Moss unraveled (mentally and physically - for her character) down the shoot line.
Day One kicks off on a mighty sunny day in Gerringong, New South Wales, Australia and Whannell informs us that directing, to him, feels like being a Lion Tamer - a chair and a whip and the film is the lion!
He also explains the reason he took the remake on was that he felt like he could do something new with it.
Another insightful one is Moss Manifested where Elisabeth Moss describes the physical and emotional challenges she faced while portraying Cecilia, a woman whose truth is constantly questioned by those around her.
Along the way she explains that the overall theme of the film is domestic abuse and the gaslighting of women, with the story being about escaping an abusive relationship and trying to start a new life up again.
This is a Widescreen Presentation (2.39:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs and comes with the Special Features of:
Director's Journey with Leigh Whannell
Feature Commentary with Writer/Director Leigh Whannell
'The Invisible Man,' an intense, modern-day psychological thriller, becomes available to own for the first time on Digital May 12th, 2020 and on 4K UHD, Blu-ray™ and DVD on May 26th, 2020 from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment.
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