The Invisible Man

Movie review by
Jeffrey M. Anderson, Common Sense Media
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Clever, tense sci-fi horror remake has blood, gore.
  • R
  • 2020
  • 110 minutes
Popular with kidsParents recommend

Parents say

age 14+
Based on 10 reviews

Kids say

age 13+
Based on 17 reviews

A lot or a little?

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

Positive Messages

Ultimate takeaway is focused on revenge -- of giving your persecutor a "taste of his own medicine."

Positive Role Models & Representations

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

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.

Sex

A woman wearing a nightgown is shown in bed with her husband.

Language

A few uses of "f--k" or "f---ing." Also "motherf----r," "ass."

Consumerism

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.

What 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.

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Adult Written byMr.Grim77 March 21, 2020

It was decent for a "remake"

This first off, is not a remake, it is its own film. I went into this film blind without knowing what to expect. It has violence, it has language, there is refe... Continue reading
Adult Written bysamramser February 29, 2020

The Best Horror Movie This Year!

If your kid is sensitive to violence I definitely wouldn’t recommend it. Some things left unsaid above are the mention of suicide and brief image from afar. The... Continue reading
Teen, 15 years old Written byMcFlyguy85 March 1, 2020

Remake has incredible writing, blood and gore throughout

The “invisible man” is a remake based on the 80’s movie that scared generations. It was about time that we got a remake. While the trailer for the invisible man... Continue reading
Teen, 14 years old Written byEthan_whaterver February 28, 2020

Epic horror movie with no stops at violence

It’s difficult to tell whether an R movie will be appropriate for most, but based on the violence and language and that it is R, I give it 14 and up. This movie... Continue reading

What's the story?

In THE INVISIBLE MAN, Cecilia (Elisabeth Moss) creeps out of bed, leaving behind her sleeping, drugged husband, Adrian (Oliver Jackson-Cohen), and sneaks away from his Stinson Beach mansion. Staying with friends -- police officer James (Aldis Hodge) and his teen daughter, Sydney (Storm Reid) -- Cecilia worries that the abusive, controlling Adrian will come after her. But before long she learns that Adrian is dead, having taken his own life. Soon accidents and other strange things start happening, and as they become more serious, Cecilia begins to suspect that Adrian is somehow not dead and is able to make himself invisible. However, convincing anyone of that scenario proves difficult, especially when all the evidence of a brutal murder points toward Cecilia.

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.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about The Invisible Man's violence. When is it shocking, and when is it thrilling? How did the filmmakers achieve these effects? What's the impact of media violence on kids?

  • Why is revenge so appealing as a story driver? How does revenge end for the main character in this case? How does revenge usually work in real life?

  • How does this story compare to the original Invisible Man movie? The novel? What's been changed or updated?

  • Is the movie scary? What's the appeal of horror movies?

  • How does the movie show diversity? Are all of the characters three-dimensional? Did you notice any stereotypes?

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