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What would you do if you knew you couldn't be seen?
Cocky researcher Sebastian Caine is working on a project to make living creatures invisible. He's so confident he's found the right formula that he tests it on himself and soon begins to vanish. The only problem is, no one can figure out how to make him visible again. This predicament begins to drive Caine mad, with terrifying results.
Paul Verhoeven has covered almost all genres during a career littered with iconic movies. Most people lean towards his science fiction films as his crowning glory with both Starship Troopers and Total Recall very popular even though its been over 15 years since the former hit the screens. Robocop certainly has another large following of fans and although I like these films I've tended to go the opposite way and had Black Book and Soldier Of Orange as my favorites. One thing all fans of Verhoeven seem to agree on however is that Hollow Man is a lesser film in his filmography.
Essentially Hollow Man is an updated take on the story of The Invisible Man. Forget all the mumbo-jumbo…
love Kevin Bacon? Watch this film.
Hate kevin Bacon? Watch it anyway, you won't have to look at him for long.
Went to see this with my high school girlfriend when it first came out in theaters. She insisted we leave about 30 or so minutes in, due to Kevin Bacon hanging dong and trying to rape someone. She was pissed that I didn't want to waste my monetary investment and stormed out. I begrudgingly followed after her and never got to finish the movie.
And I should have left it at that. It's a complete and utter waste of time. And money. Damn, I wish I had that $15 from 14 years ago.
This is my least favourite Verhoeven film. Yes, I rate Showgirls higher for the simple fact that it knows what it is. This, however, doesn't and thus never fulfills its potential that is so obviously there.
Technically it is superbly made with absolutely stunning special effects for that time, which still hold up really well nowadays. The cast is excellent, with Bacon clearly revelling in his arrogant and sleazy role.
Where it goes wrong is in the script. Its exposition is frustratingly paint by numbers, making it at points boring and devoid of any suspense. I could live with that, had there not been these pin-pricks of something greater and darker. It almost seems as if a film about the darker side of having the power of invisibility ended up on the cutting room's floor somehow. It feels as if every choice made here was made with safety in mind, something very uncharacteristic for Verhoeven.
Film 6 in the 2014 Halloween Film Fest
"I...am a goddamn genius..."
Hollow Man is essentially a re-imaging of The Invisible Man. It's not a complete remake, as this film basically takes that classic horror story and brings it in a modern world. The film is nearly fifteen years old, and back then the special effects present were pretty much the talk of everyone's review and discussion regarding Verhoeven's film. Now in 2014, I honestly think they still look stellar, in fact better than most CGI effects (I'm looking at you, Sylvester Stallone and you Expendables Trilogy).
Sebastian Caine (Kevin Bacon) is a scientist that has developed a serum that can render a subject, be it man or animal, completely…
This 2000 American fantasy horror is directed by Paul Verhoeven and stars Kevin Bacon, Elisabeth Shue, Josh Brolin, Kim Dickens, Greg Grunberg and Rhona Mitra.
Scientist Sebastian Caine (Bacon) and his team, including ex-girlfriend Linda McKay (Shue) and Matt Kensington (Brolin), successfully develop a serum that turns a subject invisible and then reverse it to full visibility. After a positive test on a gorilla, Caine decides to hold back on reporting their success to R&D board in the Military and focuses on going straight to human testing, in which he nominates himself as test subject, all without higher approval.
Initially, the test proves a success and Caine becomes invisible much to his enjoyment and the other’s amusement at his cheeky…
"It's not what I don't see. It's what I don't feel."
kb's kind of a jerk in this movie.
A Verhoeven movie without his twisted touch, relying heavily on CGI that look already dated.
If it weren't for "Showgirls", this would be the Dutch auteur's worst moment.
Klassieker. Blijft leuk en origineel.
VHS, my house. (high school)
The best part of this movie - invisibility and Kevin Bacon.
The story of the invisible man archetype could use a great modern telling, and for the first thirty minutes or so, this isn't a half-bad one. But for me, Verhoeven's worst tendencies for over-sexualized emptiness come through at the halfway point. I find it troubling that, in the evolution of the scientist's descent into evil, the order goes from groping a colleague, to a brutal rape, to murdering a dog, as though that were the last straw. Now we know he's evil, that bastard.
It's a competent thriller, and it's hard not to find the inherent scares in this story, but the film is never atypical where it counts. Bacon is excellent at pure scumbag, but it's difficult (maybe just now) to buy Brolin in the slasher boyfriend role.
Tagline to 'Hollow Man': 'What would you do if you knew you couldn't be seen?'
My response: You mean you can see me?
I love this see-through film.
Thirteen years ago, before 'Hollow Man', Verhoeven made the dark, ultra-violent, offbeat and 'Bohemian' funny, 'Robocop, 1987'; the brilliant singularity and idiosyncrasy of Verhoeven's direction and the synthetic yet humane screenplay pleased Orion Pictures and 20th Century Fox and movie-goers for using ingenious satire to compensate for the X-Rated violence. The film was hailed by many as the best film of 1987, which is a bombastic statement keeping in mind that 'Angel Heart', 'Untouchables', 'Lethal Weapon', 'Raising Arizona', 'Full Metal Jacket' and 'Predator' among others were released the same year. However the…
I can see why Verhoeven was attracted to this project, but of all his films up to this point, this is the only one where I feel like it really doesn't have much of anything to say. It's still a Verhoeven film, no doubt, and it starts fairly strong, but eventually it just devolves into a pretty generic slasher. Now a pretty generic slasher from Paul Verhoeven is still better than a good amount of other slashers, but I really would have liked to see this one taken further. I really hate saying "it should have been better" as a point of criticism, because I believe in judging a film based on what it is and not based on what I wanted, but this left me disappointed, even if it does work on the most basic level.
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Contains every horror film made that is not lost and is found on the letterboxd database.
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