HorrorSci-FiThe Invisible Man

March 21, 202093/1008215 min
In Theaters
28 February 2020
2h 4min
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Leigh Whannell
Leigh Whannell
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Racial Diversity
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When Cecilia's abusive ex takes his own life and leaves her his fortune, she suspects his death was a hoax. As a series of coincidences turn lethal, Cecilia works to prove that she is being hunted by someone nobody can see

The Invisible Man, a well-known monster classic, has been reimagined for the #MeToo era. Shifting the focus from the white male antihero to his unfortunate victim the film becomes a metaphoric biopic of the American ‘everywomxn’ illuminating the terror womxn are subjected to in a patriarchal society. A new version of the classic that is dripping with the kind realism that may trigger female viewers.

Elisabeth Moss is electric as Cecilia, our very relatable representation of the everywomxn living under the tyranny of toxic masculinity. Moss pulls from experience all womxn possess in order to execute a heartbreakingly accurate portrayal of you and me. Adrian (Oliver Jackson-Cohen) plays the typical cis white male who enjoys his power and will stop at nothing to keep it.  He is the all-too-common toxic abuser.

Adrian is a wealthy white optics scientist with the ‘rich white man syndrome’. He considers womxn a possession rather than the unique individuals that they are.  When Cecilia runs from him, he follows with the help of the tools his years of privilege have allotted him. Our tragic “everywomxn”, driven to the edge of sanity by Adrian. With no one to turn to who will believe her she is lost. What ensues is psychological torture, gaslighting, and triggering reminders that we must always #believewomxyzn even when they say things that may seem to be physically impossible.

A flawless script, no doubt due to the tireless work Moss put in editing and providing much-needed correction. “I mean, this was written by a man,” Moss says, noting that writer-director Leigh Whannell “had the intelligence to ask me, as soon as I was cast: ‘Can you please tell me what I did wrong here? What did I miss? You’re a woman, you’re coming at this from a completely different perspective. What can I put in here that will be true to being a female?’”  READ: ‘Invisible Man’ Male Director Asked Elisabeth Moss to Correct His Script, Ensure Female POV what followed was a massive overhaul of the entire script.  This is a huge step forward for the industry and hopefully a new standard.  In order for Hollywood to really represent womxn in films perhaps all scripts should be handed over to womxn for approval.

A day in the life of the average American womxn is a horror story all its own.  In the end, it comes as no surprise that the most disturbing new movie of 2020 isn’t another Stephen King adaptation, blockbuster, or slasher.  It’s a cinematic reflection of our own society and a terrifying display of gender oppression.

Nora Craft

Nora Craft

Nora is a long time film lover and feminist, beginning with a kindergarten dissertation on the inherently misogynistic undertones of Disney's Cinderella. Having completed a double major in both Film and Gender Studies, Nora could not be happier to have landed a job with a team who is as passionate as she is when it comes to social change.

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