Leigh Whannell directs Elisabeth Moss, Oliver Jackson-Cohen and Harriet Dyer in this sci-fi thriller where an abused woman does not believe the controlling man she has escaped is actually dead, rather he has found a fantastical new method to be part of / destroy her life.
This is what a great night at the movies is all about. The first half is all creepy tease, the second cannonball plotting and engaging set-pieces. Whannell slyly evokes The Exorcist, Candyman, Terminator 2 and Misery in his most audacious narrative riffs and visual callbacks. Moss is TV’s finest working actor but this is her first accessible movie star shift… she sells the scenes where she is isolated, and smashes the moments when her grip on reality crumbles. The pair of them chime well off each other. More please! I want to discuss lots about the twists and sequel potential but do not want to get too spoilery. I may revisit this on the blog next year? So this week I’ll close saying I don’t think it will be a shock to anyone that an invisible man eventually is revealed. His design and movement is going to be iconic… a mixture of the T-1000, a golf ball and a glitching hologram. Some intrepid cosplayers are going to have a lotta failed attempts trying to recreating this new horror landmark.
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