Parents' Guide to

The Invisible Man

By Jeffrey M. Anderson, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

Clever, tense sci-fi horror remake has blood, gore.

Movie R 2020 110 minutes
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Community Reviews

age 14+

Based on 18 parent reviews

age 15+

Violent film that is superbly acted

A strong, violent and powerful film that centers Moss' experience as opposed to the Invisible Man. She sells this film, you identify with her and are on pins and needles as she tries to traverse this world where she is being kept a prisoner in public. The trappings of patriarchy are portrayed loudly and with a lot of panache in this thriller. The film feels like being on a knife's edge and waiting to see just how much will you be cut and how easy will you be able to walk away unscathed?
age 16+

Not that scary

More of a thriller then a horror.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (18 ):
Kids say (46 ):

With this updated take on the H.G. Wells tale, writer-director Leigh Whannell has done just about everything right, delivering a tense, clever thriller with touches of both horror and sci-fi. Officially a remake of James Whale's classic 1933 Universal monster movie, this version of The Invisible Man retains the idea of the invisible person being murderously psychotic but combines it with paranoid, "falsely accused" touches right out of Alfred Hitchcock or Fritz Lang. Whannell (Insidious: Chapter 3, Upgrade) uses a wide-screen frame to brilliant effect, creating suspense with large, empty spaces and with red herrings, such as mannequins or creepy sculptures.

The movie's use of sound and music is also superb; Benjamin Wallfisch's edgy, scraping score seems to come from everywhere at once. The visual effects are inspired, and this is the first time in an Invisible Man movie that invisibility isn't created by chemicals. Moss is another magnificent touch. Not only does she give a concentrated, fully rounded performance, but her character is fascinatingly flawed and appealingly tough. The only real issues with the film reveal themselves as the story comes to a head, and certain details become just a little less air-tight. But this is easily forgivable given the fine craftsmanship in all other areas of The Invisible Man.

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