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MOVIE INFO

Director:
Leigh Whannell
Cast:
Elisabeth Moss, Aldis Hodge, Oliver Jackson-Cohen
Writing Credits:
Leigh Whannell

Synopsis:
Cecilia believes her supposedly-dead ex hunts her in invisible form.

Box Office:
Budget:
$7 million.
Opening Weekend
$28,205,665 on 3610 Screens.
Domestic Gross
$64,914,050.

MPAA:
Rated R.

DISC DETAILS
Presentation:
Aspect Ratio: 2.39:1
Audio:
English Dolby Atmos
French Dolby 5.1
Spanish Dolby 7.1
English DVS
Subtitles:
English
Spanish
French
Closed-captioned
Supplements Subtitles:
English
Spanish
French

Runtime: 124 min.
Price: $34.98
Release Date: 5/26/2020

Bonus:
• Audio Commentary with Writer/Director Leigh Whannell
• Deleted Scenes
• “Moss Manifested” Featurette
• “Director’s Journey” Featurette
• “The Players” Featurette
• “Timeless Terror” Featurette
&bull. Previews
• DVD Copy


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The Invisible Man [Blu-Ray] (2020)

Reviewed by Colin Jacobson (May 19, 2020)

Thanks to the worldwide shutdown caused by COVID-19, 2020’s The Invisible Man may go down as one of the year’s bigger hits – with a US gross of about $64 million. As I write in May 2020, that places it fifth on the year’s box office charts, and it remains anyone’s guess how much that’ll change, as we don’t know when – or if – Hollywood will get back into the swing.

Wherever Man winds up on the 2020 charts, it’ll still qualify as a success, mainly because it came with such a low budget. The flick cost a mere $7 million and pulled in almost $123 million worldwide, so clearly Universal turned a nice profit.

And it seems clear that when – if? – the world returns to normal, we’ll get a second chapter. COVID-19 may alter our future lives in many ways, but you can’t kill Hollywood’s appetite for sequels.

Cecilia Kass (Elisabeth Moss) lives with her wealthy, brilliant optics engineer boyfriend Adrian Griffin (Oliver Jackson-Cohen) in his opulent Bay Area mansion. However, Adrian’s controlling behavior becomes too much for Cecilia, so she flees.

Adrian doesn’t accept this without a fight. Though Cecilia attempts to escape in the middle of the night – and she drugged him to aid in her flight – he comes after her, so she barely gets away from him.

Despite her physical distance from Adrian, Cecilia still fears her possessive, vindictive ex will come after her. These concerns dissipate when he commits suicide.

Or do they? Even though Adrian apparently resides six feet under, Cecilia believes he faked his death and he now uses technology to render himself invisible.

Thus Cecilia continues to deal with Adrian – or her own mental breakdown. Cecilia works to discover if her invisible ex haunts her or if she struggles with her perception of reality.

Caution: spoilers ahead!

I'm 53 years old. I've seen thousands of movies in my life, and I'm sure I've seen hundreds of horror movies.

I get that many - most? - of these require varying levels of suspension of disbelief, and I can do that. However, Invisible Man offers the proverbial bridge too far, as it requires destruction of disbelief.

From literally the movie's opening scenes, Man pursues paths that make zero sense at all. For instance, we see Cecilia as utterly controlled by Adrian, and I can dig that, but then the movie stretches credulity.

For instance, how did Cecilia get the drugs to give to him? How did she avoid his gaze long enough to obtain birth control pills?

"Oh, Adrian didn't keep her walled in their home all the time - he let her out!"

Sure, okay - I'll swallow that.

So why does Cecilia wait to run away from him until they're asleep together in bed? Why not just go to her sister's place during a pharmacy run?

And the movie makes the title character utterly omnipotent. He's everywhere without a single sign of detection - except for the eye-rolling "scare moment" when he conveniently allows a big puff of air to escape in the cold, which lets us see his breath.

How does Adrian breathe in his suit? Every square inch appears to be covered in cameras.

How does he not make a sound? He's there all the time, quieter than a pack of ninjas. The dude never lets a fart slip, or coughs, or even sniffles?

How does he get around? Does he have an invisible car? Does he call Invisible Uber?

How does he eat? Why is his old house left open, even though it's a crime scene and has been abandoned?

Why is the dog still there? Why didn't anyone take Poochie into their care?

How does Adrian fake his own death? Who's the cremated guy in the urn?

How does Invisible Adrian not cast a shadow? He's not magically invisible - he's still there, so even though we can't see him, light still doesn't pass through him.

How did Adrian become a skilled warrior on a par with Neo? He seems virtually unstoppable and he conquers all foes with ease.

Why does her pal James (Aldis Hodge) tell Cecilia she needs to leave, but then he takes his daughter Sydney (Storm Reid) and goes, while he allows Cecilia to stay in the house?

How is Adrian's lawyer brother (Michael Dorman) going to get Cecilia off for murder? She appeared to kill her sister in a room full of people.

This is just the tip of the iceberg. Literally not a minute of this movie passes without a plot point that makes absolutely zero sense.

The cast does the best they can, but the greatest actors in the world couldn't overcome this utterly idiotic script. If my Mom’s warnings that ugly faces would stay that way proved true, Man would’ve caused my eyes to permanently remain rolled back in my head.

I’ll give the movie a "D-" because of the actors. Everything else about it insults the audience's intelligence at every opportunity and makes this a thoroughly silly and inane attempt at horror.


The Disc Grades: Picture B+/ Audio B+/ Bonus B

The Invisible Man appears in an aspect ratio of approximately 2.39:1 on this Blu-ray Disc. The image worked well.

Sharpness appeared strong. A smidgen of softness impacted a few dimly-lit interiors, but those remained minor, so the movie usually looked well-defined. I saw no signs of shimmering or jaggies, and print flaws remained absent.

In terms of palette, Invisible Man tended toward standard teal and orange, though some scenes boasted a broader sense of color. These hues showed good representation within stylistic constraints.

Blacks were dark and tight, and shadows seemed smooth. The movie consistently looked solid.

Expect a satisfying affair from the movie’s Dolby Atmos soundtrack, as this became an engulfing mix. Downconverted to Dolby TrueHD 7.1, the track came with instances of dynamic information, mainly during action-oriented sequences. Those popped to life in an exciting fashion.

Much of the flick went with more ambient audio, and those segments succeeded as well. These contributed a good sense of atmosphere and formed an involving sensibility throughout the film, factors that made this a pleasing mix.

Audio quality seemed solid. Music was bold and full, and effects followed suit, as those elements appeared accurate and dynamic, with deep, tight bass.

Speech remained natural and without edginess or concerns. Though not action-packed, this became a reasonably broad, involving track.

As we shift to extras, we open with an audio commentary from writer/director Leigh Whannell. In this running, screen-specific chat, he discusses sets and locations, music and audio, various effects, story and characters, cast and performances, editing and deleted scenes, influences, music, and related domains.

Whannell brings a rollicking commentary, one that mixes insights with humor. Heck, he even tells off critics like me who find plot holes - in a comedic manner, that is. Whannell makes this a fun and informative track.

Four featurettes follow, and Moss Manifested spans three minutes, 54 seconds. It brings remarks from producer Jason Blum and actors Elisabeth Moss and Michael Dorman.

“Manifested” looks at Moss’s performance. The comments tend toward happy talk, but we get some good views of the shoot.

Director’s Journey runs 10 minutes, 51 seconds and features Whannell. He gives us a few remarks but mostly “Journey” lets us see views of the set. This becomes a decent glimpse behind the scenes, albeit one that lacks a lot of depth.

With The Players, we find a five-minute, 24-second piece that involves Moss, Whannell, Dorman, Blum, and actors Harriet Dyer, Storm Reid, Aldis Hodge and Oliver Jackson-Cohen. As expected, we get notes about cast and performances in this mediocre reel.

Finally, Timeless Terror goes for three minutes, four seconds and offers notes from Whannell and Blum. “Terror” discusses the movie’s update of the classic story, and it brings some good insights.

Nine Deleted Scenes fill a total of 13 minutes, 24 seconds. These largely tend toward extra character moments, with an emphasis on James and Sydney. While interesting – especially a clip that shows James has a dating life – they would’ve felt extraneous in the final cut.

A few more significant sequences appear as well, ones that add a bit of more concrete plot information. Though not crucial, these might’ve fleshed out a few aspects of the story a little better.

The disc opens with ads for The Hunt, The Lodge, Black Christmas, and The Turning. No trailer for Invisible Man appears here.

Audiences embraced 2020’s Invisible Man but I can’t figure out why, as it offers an embarrassing excuse for a horror movie. Silly, idiotic and completely devoid of even the most basic logic, it brings us a laughable attempt at terror and drama. The Blu-ray brings very good picture and audio along with a collection of bonus materials highlighted by a fine commentary. This winds up as an awful film.

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