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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…
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.
love Kevin Bacon? Watch this film.
Hate kevin Bacon? Watch it anyway, you won't have to look at him for long.
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…
LOLS and WTFs, mixed in with clichés.
Kevin Bacon is the shit. I like him in about any movie. Even this twisted make on the Invisible Man movie. He plays a great creep. And the effects are fair despite being so old. Worth the rewatch.
Not the best invisible man film ever made but entertaining enough with plenty of gore and funny moments in true Paul Verhoeven style.
A single frozen tear! Duct tape surgery! What's not to love? Other than the whole rape thing...yeeeaaah...no.
Bacon is suitably menacing and deranged. There's a lot of storyline possibilities to be mined from that nifty invisibility conceit so it's somewhat disheartening to see Verhoeven opted for the hoariest cautionary route in making the test subject a nutjob (and in a better written movie, I can tell Brolin/Shue, nicely willing here, and their team would have explored that conceit rather than have it exploited to grisly results). Light on its feet and hardly dull, though.
It's been a long day. I came home from work, showered, made PB&J and a glass of milk, got into my underwear and went on a journey with Sebastion Caine. I think he's misunderstood. And a genius. An ego maniacal genius who can be a bit of an asshole at times. I mean all they had to do was just let me out so he could get some fresh air. But no his colleagues had to forcefully keep him in the laboratory, which is under the ground might I add. I think they enjoyed controlling him. Especially Dr. McKay, she loved having the power. She dumps Sebastion without any explanation in favor of the lowly Dr. Kensington who can't even…
First viewing of director's cut.
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
Whenever the question of "superpowers" comes up in a conversation, and someone asks what powers you'd like to possess, invisibility is inevitably one of the most popular responses. But whereas wishing for virtually any other kind of superhuman power will usually result in benign, if self-serving, means (if I could fly, I could avoid the rush hour crush), the lure of invisibility usually conjures far darker impulses. Who among us has never fantasized about being invisible and hanging out in the girl's locker room? It's an almost primal wish that manifests itself in in our most basic human urges.
So, then why is it so difficult to make a good movie out of this fascinatingly psychological concept?
Director James Whale…
I'm a Verhoeven fan, well, before Showgirls that is. Nah, I still am. And I liked this take on the invisible man story. Good performances, good visual effects, though it feels as though the reins have been pulled back a bit to stop it getting seriously dark. Which is a shame. Still, it's entertaining enough and Bacon pulls it off well along with a likeable cast.
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