Although the movie is not a SCARY type of scary, it definitely gets to your head after a sequence of few events.
The Invisible Man is an amalgam of horror, drama, mystery, and a little sci-fi. The writer brilliantly merges sci-fi rather than fiction with the sequential horror events that make it more appealing than usual.
Elisabeth Moss as Cecilia Kass
Elisabeth is an empress when it comes to expressions, and the fantastic part is that she does not have to make efforts to produce those expressions.
She performs an excellent job as Cecilia Kass, a freaked-out survivor of an unhealthy and abusive marriage.
Although The Invisible Man could have been better in some aspects, with having Elisabeth at the focus – it doesn’t really matter much. She knows how to slay even in an average movie if the story is good.
The Main Plot of the Movie
The plot revolves around Cecilia Kass, who gets away from her abusive relationship with her ruthless husband, Adrian Griffin (Oliver Jackson-Cohen).
Cecilia, after gathering enough courage, plans to escape with her sister Alice (Harriet Dyer). The film begins with Cecilia making a dramatic escape after scaling the fence to reach her sister’s car.
One of the best things about the movie is that Cecilia’s melancholic life’s unnecessary details are preferably kept off-screen.
However, Moss’s facial expressions and her reluctance to leave the house exhibit the details of her toxic marriage more articulately.
After escaping, she takes refuge in her friend James’ (Aldis Hodge) house – who is very modest and resolutely platonic. He lives with his teenage daughter Sydney (Storm Reid).
The Suspicious Turn in the Movie: Death of Adrian
The story takes a suspicious turn when Adrian’s brother – Tom (Michael Dorman), informs Cecilia of Adrian’s suicide.
He also bequeaths his late brother’s fortune to her. She doesn’t seem to believe it, and we will find out the reason soon enough.
The Minor Details to Add to the Trauma
To make it scarier, there could have been more dawdling in the moments of suspense, but The Invisible Man is more of a hurry.
The haste in the movie could not explain how Post Traumatic Stress Disorder could turn the whole world of Cecilia upside down.
The other events in the movie reveal that Cecilia perceives the presence of an unknown entity when suddenly the kitchen fires start as soon as she steps away from the stove.
One night, Cecilia feels how someone pulls the sheet off her when there is no one around. The events are very wickedly developed, showing the protagonist’s vulnerability while the villain is still lurking somewhere about.
The writer seems to be more interested in physical abuse rather than psychological ones. Hence, we get to see more bloodshed and slashing throats rather than the events of PTSD.
However, the saviour of the film is definitely Elisabeth Moss, who, with her deep-set expressions and dedicated performance, makes it a hit on emotional fronts too.
The Events of Extreme Manipulation
The Invisible Man is a sheer depiction of intense gaslighting that makes everyone around Cecilia, including herself, doubt her own sanity.
Some occurrences in the movie divulge that she has been manipulated really severely when she goes to a job interview and sees how the writings fade on her documents.
Later she went to the hospital only to find that she has had a slight overdose of Diazepam that caused her a fainting spell.
Although baffled and scared, Cecilia does not play all dumb but instead work with a bit of thoughtfulness and fights valiantly with the Invisible figure.
However, she finds out the invisibility cloak in her husband’s laboratory and uses it to kill him herself. The movie’s concluding events show Cecilia gloating over Adrian’s dead body that she did this using his invisibility suit.
In addition to the manipulating and psychologically abusing incidents, the movie is more about knowing that what it means to accept that people don’t try to look beyond the apparent version of things.
Cecilia is often seen giving her signature half-smile, half grimaces with the conviction that no one is going to see anything beyond it.
The movie is a depiction of how enduring pain and fear and hiding it is its own form of concealment. The Invisible Man (I) is an addition to the watchlist for Christmas.
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