Sebastian is a narcissistic researcher working on making living creatures invisible, then visible again. With success on the horizon, and impending government takeover with it, Sebastian decides to test his formula on himself with insane results.
Elisabeth Shue (Linda), Kevin Bacon (Sebastian), Josh Brolin (Matthew), Kim Diskens (Sarah), Greg Grunberg (Carter), Joey Slotnick (Frank), Mary Randle (Janice), William Devane (Kramer), Rhona Mitra (Neighbor).
Hollow Man doesn’t waste any time, giving little background and character development before diving right into things. But be warned, this isn’t the typical sweet and happy invisible man story. This one is full of gritty emotion and straying morals. As Sebastian goes invisible he loses a good chunk of his sanity and his narcissism really kicks into gear. Co-workers and friends try to help him but realize his mind is gone about the same time they become the focus of his insanity. The film did well until the last 30 minutes or so when reality took a hard left, turning into a ridiculous action adventure.
Acting was decent with Bacon lending his usual strangeness to a role suited for it perfectly. Shue was pretty good and seemed to play well against both Brolin and Bacon. Brolin did okay but it felt like he could have done more with his role. Diskens, Slotnick, Devane and Mitra all did nicely.
Camera work, sets, and backgrounds were good but special effects are what made this film. Showing a body in layers as it becomes invisible or visible was great. Other scenes with elements that would render an invisible person somewhat visible were well thought out and also nicely done. Dialogue was good, as were sound and soundtrack.
Overall Hollow Man is a nice change from the soft, fluffy invisible man stories that are usually presented. The film is morally edgy and has enough action to keep things interesting, despite the last 30 minutes or so being a bit ridiculous.
With some nudity, aberrant sexuality, gore, and disturbing images save this for the oldest teens and above.
Hollow Man is no longer showing in any Littleton Colorado movie theatres.
Star rating: 4 out of 5
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