The Invisible Trauma

In the wake of the ongoing pandemic, state governments all over the country issuing stay-at-home orders, movie theaters and other entertainment venues are losing millions possibly billions of dollars. Thankfully for the movie industry streaming services have in this time will help with maintaining revenues and funding future movies when the pandemic inevitably ends. 

“The Invisible Man” is a movie with a star leading actress, Elisabeth Moss of “The Handmaid’s Tale”, and a recognizable title and concept that people will gravitate towards. The overall message and tone of the film towards sexual harassment and the MeToo movement will also resonate with many audience members and feels more similar to terrifying reality than science-fiction. 

The script written by the same man as the original cult classic “Saw” and “Insidious,” Leigh Whannell, is gripping, especially in the middle of the film with the suspense. As a director, he uses his Horror roots to great effect especially during the scenes when people during action scenes in a hospital. 

Elisabeth Moss is the center of attention for the film and gives a great performance especially when in a state of frenzy and panic. She portrays the protagonist, Cecilia, as more frightful and paranoid in the beginning and then grows considerably stronger and fiercer by the end of the film. The ensemble cast, while nothing oscar worthy, is competent and likable enough to accompany Moss in her film.

The only major gripe with the film is the message given at the end of the film involving the villain. This message is deeply unsettling to me personally, however, I can not discount the incredible job done during the rest of the film. This movie transcends the early year horror trap that so many films fall into (I’m looking at you “The Turning”) and will keep people entertained during this arduous time of social distancing.