Hollow Man

Movie review by
M. Faust, Common Sense Media
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Even for mature viewers, this is a flop.
  • R
  • 2002
  • 114 minutes

Parents say

age 11+
Based on 4 reviews

Kids say

age 8+
Based on 3 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this movie.

Positive Messages

A graphic dirty joke.

Violence

Constant violence, including a half dozen gruesome murders, a rape, and two scenes in which animals are brutally killed. The gratuitous killings of two lab animals are particularly upsetting.

Sex

The main character uses his invisibility to grope a sleeping co-worker's breast, spy on another in the bathroom, and rape a neighbor who has been undressing in front of his window. There are several sex scenes, and a dirty joke is told. We see both male and female nudity.

Language

Heavy. Pretty much every word you wouldn't want kids to repeat is used several times.

Consumerism
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Brief smoking and drinking.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that even if they customarily take their teens to R-rated movies, they should think twice about letting kids see this one -- strong, pervasive scenes of violence, gruesome horror, and adult sexuality make this inappropriate for all but the most mature viewers.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byCastellanos July 16, 2009

Hard R that's one of those movies you watch for laughs

Hollow man is one of those movies that you go with your friends, leave your brain at the door, and laugh at it. The movie could have been worse, but it isn... Continue reading
Adult Written byColdrick April 9, 2008
Kid, 11 years old April 9, 2008

cool horror movie

i'm the first one to post a review. It was a awesome horror movie. sure, I don't remember some of it because I was 3 years when I watched it, and most... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written bycerealkiller189 December 1, 2011

WTF THIS IS SO CHEESY!!!!

THIS IS JUST ONE OF THE HORRORS THAT YOU WATCH FOR A DARE!NOTHING TO BE AFRAID OFF!! IF YOUR KIDS HAVE SEEN SAW OR TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE,THIS IS NOTHING TO BE... Continue reading

What's the story?

Scientist Sebastian Caine (Kevin Bacon) and his colleagues Linda (Elisabeth Shue) and Matt (Josh Brolin) are working for a top-secret military department, trying to develop an invisibility potion. Pressured by his superior, Caine tests the serum on himself even though he's not certain that it's in a final form. Caine begins suffering serious side effects that transform him into a killer.

Is it any good?

This disappointing thriller was directed by Paul Verhoeven, the Dutch-born filmmaker with a reputation for strong violence and sexuality. Like his previous films, this movie makes no concession to young viewers. The gruesome opening scene is enough to give kids nightmares for weeks. Immediately after, we see scientist Sebastian Caine peeping out his window at a naked woman. It almost seems that Verhoeven is making a point of warning parents right away that any kids in the audience should immediately be ushered out.

Even for mature viewers, though, Hollow Man is a flop. The notion of confronting the dark fantasies that might be unleashed if we could become invisible is intriguing, but it's never taken past cheap (and nasty) titillation here. Caine quickly becomes too lunatic for us to empathize with his plight. Most of the movie takes place in a cramped research facility, avoiding the intriguing possibilities of what an invisible person might do in the everyday world. The finale, in particular, is a letdown -- Sebastian systematically murders his colleagues to keep them from exposing him.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about how the film's themes compare to the current issues being raised about pharmaceutical drug companies.

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