Universal, in its second attempt to reboot one of their classic monster movies in the last several years, has succeeded quite nicely with its re-imagining of The Invisible Man. After the fiasco that was The Mummy several years ago it was more than needed as a palate cleanser if nothing else.

Elisabeth Moss in The Invisible Man

The film opens as Cecilia Kass (Elisabeth Moss), trapped in a physically and emotionally abusive relationship, attempts to escape from her husband, Adrian (Oliver Jackson-Cohen), as he sleeps. Adrian, it turns out, is a scientist with a very obsessive personality. Cecilia is shocked to receive word soon after her escape that Adrian has killed himself. Or has he? When strange things begin to happen she eventually discovers his latest invention, which allows him to seek revenge on Cecilia while remaining literally invisible. Of course convincing everyone else that Adrian is still lurking about proves to be a tall order.

A lot of the credit must be given to writer-director, Leigh Whannell, an excellent choice for the material. Whannell has reconfigured the story in a way that is engrossing, delivers ample scares, and also manages to tie into our current Me Too moment without being too preachy. In other words, this is a typical horror movie in the best sense of the word, much in the same vein as Get Out. In short, it’s a winner.

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