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The Invisible Man [2020] (1 disc)

Director:Leigh Whannell
Writer:Leigh Whannell
Composer:Benjamin Wallfisch
Length:124 minutes
(2 hours 4 minutes)
MPAA Rating:R
Sorting Category:Susp/Hor
IMDB Rating:7.1/10
Rotten Tomatoes Rating:92%
Amazon Rating:4.5/5 stars
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Synopsis: Cecilia's abusive ex takes his own life and leaves her his fortune. As a series of coincidences turn lethal, Cecilia works to prove that she is being hunted by someone nobody can see.

Reaction: Well done and effective. Didn't need to be R, but they really do a good job with the creepy/terror tone.

Personal Rating: 8/10

Leigh Whannell => Director / Writer
Benjamin Wallfisch => Composer
H.G. Wells => Novel
Aldis Hodge => James Lanier
Anthony Brandon Wong => Accident Victim
Elisabeth Moss => Cecilia Kass
Harriet Dyer => Emily Kass
Michael Dorman => Tom Griffin
Nicholas Hope => Head Doctor
Oliver Jackson-Cohen => Adrian Griffin
Storm Reid => Sydney Lanier

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  • There was a clue early on that there are two Invisible Men, when Sydney was sleeping and woke up and sprayed the Invisible Man she ran past him and another Invisible Man knocked her down from the front, so they were both there.
  • The film was originally going to be a part of the Dark Universe, with Johnny Depp starring as the titular character, and Ed Solomon writing the screenplay, but changes were made to the Dark Universe to focus on individual storytelling and moving on from the shared universe concept after the box office failure of The Mummy (2017), which itself was an attempt to reboot the Dark Universe after the box office disappointment of Dracula Untold (2014).
  • The post-shower sequence originally included a shot of a hand print on the shower door, (the very shot used in both the trailer and the Blu-ray/DVD cover art) but they removed it as he felt Cecilia's discovery of the pill bottle was chilling enough.
  • The first name of the main character, Cecilia, is derived from the Latin Caecus which means blind or eyeless, Appropriately, she cannot see the Invisible Man. She is frequently called 'C' in the film, which, obviously, is pronounced like 'see.'
  • As a fan of opening title sequences Leigh Whannell wanted this film to feature titles that are simple yet still speak volumes about the film itself. The one here -- waves crashing against the rocks briefly showing the titles before they drips away -- came to him on-set, and he soon discovered that water is the most difficult thing to get right with CG.
  • The opening sequence originally had original music written for it, but Whannell and the sound design team felt it worked better with silence and the sound of the crashing waves.
  • Whannell enjoys weaponizing an audience's knowledge of movies against them, and the opening sequence is filled with examples where viewers expect things that don't happen. This includes everything from mirror scares to Adrian's (Oliver Jackson-Cohen) eyes opening.
  • Armie Hammer and Alexander Skarsgård were the studio's top choices for the titular role.
  • Whannell likes to think about the "cinematic language" of a film while writing the script, and for this movie that meant thinking about what the camera is doing that could be unique. "What I decided is that the camera should move away from the actors as if it had a mind of its own, as if it knew more than the characters did."
  • They used a robotic camera rig that could be programmed to shoot each take with the exact same timing and movement. This allowed them to capture both the take with the stuntman and one clean take without him. Editors could then merge the two shots and digitally erase him afterwards.
  • Finding Australian locations that could pass for the United States seemed easy on paper, "but life is not lived on paper, my friends" Whannell stated. James' (Aldis Hodge) suburban house was especially difficult to find. "Everything in Australia is subtly different," he says adding that they even had to have a mailbox sent over from the US.
  • Often Elisabeth Moss was just emoting to an empty room with no-one to bounce off, though for certain scenes she insisted that co-star Oliver Jackson-Cohen be present to help lend authenticity to the performance. "Leigh and I were trying to be specific about when it could be the stunt double, when it could be Olly, when it should be nothing," Moss explained. "And we tried to really make sure there was specificity there. And there were times when if the Invisible Man had to speak in the scene, I would prefer to have Olly there. And then there were times when there was nobody there at all and it was just a blank space." "I'm there more than you would think," Jackson-Cohen, who only physically appears briefly in the movie, said. "We're trying to be quite selective about where we say parts of it are me or not, because we kind of want to keep an audience guessing as to how we did it. But it was definitely not I didn't shoot for like four days on the movie. I was there for two months. So it was a fair amount. Lizzie and I spent some time discussing what parts of the script she really needed me to be there, and we felt would help performance-wise. So, yeah. Slip me into a green suit and I'm a go." However, Moss admitted Jackson-Cohen didn't need to be on set quite as often as he was. "The non-serious answer is then I just started asking Olly to come to set to entertain me, and to amuse me," she laughed. "I just thought it was funny to look at. There's nothing like a tall man in a tight green-screen suit."
  • Turns out fire extinguisher foam doesn't actually cling to people like it does in movies meaning they had to use some visual fx.
  • Leigh Whannell discovered through reviews that the film is a nightmare for trypophobics -- people who have a fear of closely-packed holes -- as the invisibility suit terrifies or disgusts them. "That's not something I was planning for."
  • When the first trailer debuted, many were angry that it appeared to spoil the entire movie. Happily, many have now confirmed that the trailer was misleading and there were many twists left unspoiled. Jason Blum even admitted he was pushing for more to be revealed and is very happy the director wouldn't let him.
  • EASTER EGG - When Ceci is in bed asleep and Adrian is taking photos of her, upon waking she looks up and sees a hat and trench coat on a stand. This is a throwback to the original design of the Invisible Man's costumed disguise in the original series from 1933-1951.
  • While the Griffin of the original movie is portrayed sympathetically, his book counterpart is a villain protagonist who used his condition for thievery and slowly lost his mind when he was unable to become visible again. This incarnation of him has Griffin as an outright antagonist being an unrepentant, abusive sociopath
  • The film solves the biggest problem with previous versions of the story. Due to how the biology of the human eye works, if all the cells in a person were see-through the person would be unable to see. Changing the invisibility to a suit, similar to the alien from Predator (1987), works around this common issue.