the invisible man
The Invisible Man (2020)
124 min|Drama, Horror, Mystery|28 Feb 2020
7.1Rating: 7.1 / 10 from 257,515 usersMetascore: 72
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.

Not only the Fantasy Island which has just released, but Jason Blum has also released,  The Invisible Man. This science-fiction horror film is an adaptation of a popular novel of the same name by the legend writer H.G. Wells. Blum now appointed his regular director, Leigh Whannell, to work on this project after the great success with Insidious series. Their last science fiction film project, Upgrade (2018), apparently had a big impact on the project because it has the same tone. With only USD 7 million budget and second-class stars, can Blum and Whannell return to show their talents through their golden hands?

Cecilia no longer can stay with Adrian who was possessive, genius, and eccentric. She finally chose to run away from her husband’s mansion. Cecilia, who was severely traumatized, stayed at the home of her colleague, James, and her daughter, Sydney. After all these the husband reportedly committed suicide at his mansion, but still can not make Cecilia calm. She always felt stalked by Adrian, but everyone actually considered it a psychiatric disorder.

Although the nuances of Upgrade and The Hollow Man can still be felt, for some reason, this film still feels fresh both in the plot and the aesthetic side. Even The Invisible Man is still far better than these two films. The film opens with one of the best horror opening segments in its genre. There are no visual effects, only simple tricks, but very effective and made maximum tension on the audience. The whole film runs, with great scenes and higher tension that intensity is increasing. The brilliant script is able to make tension step by step without letting the audience lose from the plot. Surprise after surprise always happens and this is what makes us never feel tired and get bored, even though the duration is more than two hours. The script is almost perfect, except for one small segment that is not difficult to anticipate the plot.

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There are only simple tricks and actions, even this film feels like an independent film. However, the effect was truly astounding, I was not surprised hearing audience scream all over the studio. This is not because of the horror trick but how the filmmaker is able to take us into the story and empathize with the Cecilia character that makes it work optimally. Elisabeth Moss, who acted really strong, is one more reason that makes this film work very well. Moss played almost throughout the film with full of fear, trauma, and restless, which is able to get full empathy from the audience because we seemed to be able to feel what she felt.

Surprise! With brilliant scripts, efficient but effective tricks, and a strong star performance, The Invisible Man is one of the best science fiction horror ever produced. Blum again managed to make low budget horror films with superb quality, and Whannell too. Job has done. No comments. Don’t miss one of the sensational films earlier this year in the cinemas, and make sure to watch it in the best studio because music and sound effects are one of the strong sides of the film.

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A lifelong cinephile, he cultivated a deep interest in film from a young age. Following his architectural studies, he embarked on an independent exploration of film theory and history. His passion for cinema manifested in 2006 when he began writing articles and film reviews. This extensive experience subsequently led him to a teaching position at the esteemed Television and Film Academy in Yogyakarta. From 2003 to 2019, he enriched the minds of students by instructing them in Film History, Introduction to Film Art, and Film Theory. His scholarly pursuits extended beyond the classroom. In 2008, he published his seminal work, "Understanding Film," which delves into the core elements of film, both narrative and cinematic. The book's enduring value is evidenced by its second edition, released in 2018, which has become a cornerstone reference for film and communication academics across Indonesia. His contributions extend beyond his own authorship. He actively participated in the compilation of the Montase Film Bulletin Compilation Book Volumes 1-3 and "30 Best Selling Indonesian Films 2012-2018." Further solidifying his expertise, he authored both "Horror Film Book: From Caligari to Hereditary" (2023) and "Indonesian Horror Film: Rising from the Grave" (2023). His passion for film extends to the present day. He continues to provide insightful critiques of contemporary films on, while actively participating in film production endeavors with the Montase Film Community. His own short films have garnered critical acclaim at numerous festivals, both domestically and internationally. Recognizing his exceptional talent, the 2022 Indonesian Film Festival shortlisted his writing for Best Film Criticism (Top 15). His dedication to the field continues, as he currently serves as a practitioner-lecturer for Film Criticism and Film Theory courses at the Yogyakarta Indonesian Institute of the Arts' Independent Practitioner Program.


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