Every film that has ever been nominated for an Academy Award in any category. Enjoy!
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…
It's almost fitting that Paul Verhoeven's last Hollywood movie follows the exact hollow slasher tropes that the title alludes to. It is bloated with cheese, down to its laughable science, cheap-looking lab set, idiotic character motivations and total lack of that Verhoeven satire that elevated his Hollywood films above your average bone-headed erotic/action thriller. There was always something deeper and darker to chew on with his 80s/90s work that almost appears consciously absent here, playing off the hollow motif. However, even trite Verhoeven holds a place on my Richter scale of enjoyment and placing the film in context of when it came out, that post-Scream but pre-J-horror invasion era when this type of film was just unapologetic with silliness and…
It's trashy sci-fi
But it's also fun sci-fi.
Sometimes that's enough.
This has aged much better than I thought it would. Bacon is having so much fun reveling in his insanity and Verhoeven is having fun playing with all the pieces.
I like this more now than I did when it was released.
I feel like this is the most poorly paced of his Hollywood films, or maybe that's just me. Either way, quite a bit drags. But yes, it's Verhoeven: violent, funny, disturbing. I like the hermetic quality, the laboratory set a fine endpoint for the director's series of boldly un-sensational scifi environs. Probably the best integration of infrared in a Hollywood film outside of Predator as well.
O grande diretor Paul Verhoeven foi bastante criticado quando lançou este filme; a principal crítica era à história plana. Sério? Este filme, além de mostrar Kevin Bacon como um vilão, traz algumas das sequências de suspense mais interessantes da trajetória do holandês, como se Brian De Palma estivesse interessado por ficção científica. Josh Brolin e Elizabeth Shue também estão muito bem como coadjuvantes. E os efeitos especiais (indicados ao Oscar) não envelheceram; são realmente excepcionais. A última meia hora lembra bastante a tensão de "Aliens" e "O vingador do futuro", do próprio Verhoeven, que tem um excelente domínio de câmera e sobre os atores.
It sounded interesting I swear.
I have two genres of film that I consider guilty pleasures. The first are late 90s sci fi movies. There's something in the way that movies from 1995-2001 were filmed, the nature of special effects, and the type of storytelling that was happening that is fundamentally accessible and entertaining. These movies are frequently not good, but they also seem to be devoid of the politics that we see in similar movies of today.
The second type of movie is the cable network, Saturday afternoon movie. Things that you could catch on TNT or FX. Things like Hellboy, or Bulletproof Monk. Action movies, sci fi movies. Easy. Again, accessible.
Hollow Man fits both categories. And, while I could never call it a good movie, I do have to say that I like it for what it is.
The moral of the story is, turning invisible will turn you into a well adept rapist and murderer.
Contains every horror film made that is not lost and is found on the letterboxd database.
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