A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Ultimate takeaway is focused on revenge -- of giving your persecutor a "taste of his own medicine."
Positive Role Models
Cecilia is three-dimensional, humanly flawed. She's clearly a victim, sometimes meek, scared, running away. But she's also clever and strong in her own ways, able to come up with potential solutions, sometimes at last second and in heat of moment. Features strong, positive Black characters, as well as fully rounded women characters.
Violence & Scariness
Throat-slicing, with blood spurts. A character is beaten relentlessly, more blood spurting. Abusive husband shatters a car window, grabs his wife as car drives away. Women are punched, dragged, thrown against walls, thrown across rooms by an invisible figure. Guns and shooting. Dead bodies. Taser. Near wrist-cutting. Several jump scares. Car crash. Fire in a kitchen.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
A woman wearing a nightgown is shown in bed with her husband.
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A few uses of "f--k" or "f---ing." Also "motherf----r," "ass."
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Products & Purchases
Main character wears Nike shoes in several scenes.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Characters are dosed with Diazepam (an anxiety drug that causes drowsiness). Bottle of champagne is shown; characters later say they have hangovers.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that The Invisible Man is officially a remake of the classic 1933 Universal monster movie (based on an H.G. Wells story) but is an almost entirely new blend of sci-fi and horror. Expect intense violence: Women are punched, dragged, and thrown by invisible forces; throats are sliced (with spurting blood); a man is beaten relentlessly with more blood, guns, and shooting; characters die; and more. Language includes uses of "f--k," "motherf----r," and "ass." Characters are dosed with Diazepam (an anxiety drug that causes drowsiness), and a bottle of champagne is shown, followed by characters saying they have hangovers. Sex isn't an issue, but a married couple is shown sleeping in bed, and a woman is said to be pregnant. There are a few story flaws, but the production is excellent overall, with an interesting female lead. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
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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