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#CrunchTest Movie Review: The Invisible Man

Disclaimer: There could be spoilers in this review.

Inspired by a sci-fi novel of the same name, The Invisible Man (2020) takes a new spin as the protagonist Cecelia Kass (Elizabeth Moss) faces threats from her abusive boyfriend Adrian Griffin (Oliver Jackson-Cohen) who is set on destroying her life albeit having committed suicide. When no one around her believes that Adrian is very much alive, Cecelia embarks on a battle to prove herself right, and to expose her ex-boyfriend's evil doings.


Here's the trailer if you'd like to know more about the movie:


The movie premiered in Malaysia on February 27th and Crunch invited a few of our movie buffs to join us for the screening. Here's what they have to say!

What Satoshi thinks:

1. Overall, what did you think of the plot of this movie?

The scene started at a higher intense level than I expected where Cecilia was already trying to escape from Adrian at the very beginning of the movie. I was then thinking that it will be harder to build it up to the end but it got more and more intense throughout the movie! The fact that Adrian is invisible and not physically seen in most of the scenes made it more suspense.


2. What plot holes do you think that the scriptwriter could have addressed better?

It is very interesting to see that this is not a typical classic thriller and somehow modernised by making it in a technologically advanced world but with these technologies, some things just didn’t make sense. Cecilia didn’t use the evidence found in the attic to convince others that Adrian might still be alive especially with his phone containing her sleeping photo and that it can be tracked back to his house. It is also almost impossible that no one didn’t the flying knife that killed Emily in the crowded restaurant. There must be a CCTV in a luxury popular restaurant. And several other things.


3. Throughout the movie, which scene got you convinced that there is an actual existence of the “invisible man”?

The title of film somehow gave it away and I was sort of convinced already before everything but if I had to choose a scene, it was the first few scenes in the kitchen when the knife was taken, the cold exhale outside of the house and the pill container in the bathroom.


4. What do you think of the ending?

I thought it was gonna end when Cecilia managed to simply shoot Adrian dead in the presence of James and Alice and that will be a terrible ending of the film but it turned out to be totally unexpected when it was Tom in the invisible suit instead. I kinda forgot that Cecilia hid a back up invisible suit and honestly thinking that she was really getting Adrian to confess because it’s quite possible to have enough time to sneak to the wardrobe, wear the invisible suit and operate it in that very short time. But it was a classy revenge killing ending recorded by CCTV (now they are using it!)


5. From 1 - 5, how much would you rate this movie?

4.5

What Jean thinks:

1. Overall, what did you think of the plot of this movie?

I feel that this movie had quite an interesting plot because before the Invisible Man was revealed, the scenes that were shown kept me at the edge of my seat and I was looking forward to understanding and solving the mystery. 

2. What plot holes do you think that the scriptwriter could have addressed better?

I think that the scriptwriter could have improved the part after Cecilia decided to slit her wrist. It's because right after that, she tried to run after the Invisible Man and the scriptwriter disregarded that her injury, which to me felt unreal.

3. Throughout the movie, which scene got you convinced that there is an actual existence of the "invisible man"?

I was convinced during the first few scenes of his invisible appearance such as when he took away the knife that Cecelia used to slice up mushrooms, and when he left a bottle of pills on the sink in her bathroom. 

4. What do you think of the ending?

I really enjoyed the ending because the ending scene really portrayed the main actress's independence and strength. It was a very shocking plot twist as I did not expect her to do what she did. However, I think that it was very entertaining and gave the movie a satisfying ending. 

5. From 1 - 5, how much would you rate this movie?

I'd rate it about a 4 out of 5!

What Sri thinks:

1. Overall, what did you think of the plot of this movie?

I personally felt that the plot was genuine and ambitious and well delivered by Elisabeth Moss, kept me (and others) constantly guessing on the direction of the story

They cleverly balanced a psychological thriller with mystery that is underpinned by some elements of Sci-fi, its impressive that they did this without ever losing its thematic focus

The movie intentionally misdirects its audience on the overall direction of the story, they managed to avoid cliché  and kept is relatively fresh!


2. What plot holes do you think that the scriptwriter could have addressed better?

Invisible man’s  core story is built around exploring the motivation and identity of its antagonist, it does this by intentionally presenting various false expositions that suggests a different story narrative.

At times, it felt over used and as a result (but not often) meta questions begin to arise that distract us (the audience) from the immersion of the movie.  For example, the roles of the supporting characters are not properly understood -  especially in relation to the protagonist.


3. Throughout the movie, which scene got you convinced that there is an actual existence of the "invisible man"?

I personally feel hollow man (a movie that explored the same theme) did a far more impressive job on the concept of  Human Invisibility

I feel invisible man merely used invisibility as a tool to present a thriller that is more rooted in psychology and mystery.

On separate note, the CGI was not eh best in this movie, definitely could have been better


4. What do you think of the ending?

It was a good ending, in the sense where all the different narratives explored throughout the movie was dismissed or confirmed. A good ending that tied up all the loose ends.


5. From 1 - 5, how much would you rate this movie?

3.5


How did The Invisible Man fare overall:


4/5

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