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« on: June 05, 2020, 10:52:40 AM »

When you watch a 'genre' film, there are certain things you are asked to accept in order to maintain what is referred to as 'suspension of disbelief'.

For example, when you watch "Night of the Living Dead", you are asked to accept the idea of reanimated corpses roaming the countryside looking for fresh victims to devour.  Check, no problem, please go on.

In "Scanners", you are asked to accept the idea of an underground network of psychic assassins so dangerous that they can cause your head to explode just by concentrating really hard.  You got it, sounds good, big guy.

In "The Invisible Man", you are asked to accept the idea of a psychotic billionaire who has invented a suit rendering him invisible.  Sounds reasonable.

However, in all of those examples, the rest of the film has to follow some level of believability in order to work.

The invisible suit in the film is the only believable part of this festering dog pile of a film.

So let's start at the beginning:
(SPOILERS AHEAD)
(REAL DUMB SPOILERS)

1. The wife of a billionaire is under constant physical and mental abuse and does not choose to divorce him.   In California.  Instead opting for a cockamamie escape plan involving her sister and a 4 am roadside pickup.  Let me say that again: IN CALIFORNIA YOU DID NOT OPT TO DIVORCE HIM.  A BILLIONAIRE.  IN CALIFORNIA.

2.  Clearly, you did not explain to your sister why you needed her to pick you up at 4 am on the side of the road near her house.  Your sister, to whom you surely either A) have explained your predicament, or B) surely she would have seen the signs of obvious physical and mental abuse.  I say this because she seems completely oblivious to what the situation is, pausing in confusion long enough for your supposedly valium-drugged psycho husband to emerge from the bushes and punch his hand through the window.

A quick note on valium:  I was given a dose of valium in order to perform eye surgery on me while I was awake.  I not only never moved when a knife was placed near my eye, I laid there for the entire surgery letting the nurses know how pretty they were.  A man drugged on a quantity of strong valium wouldn't wake up if she fired a gun in the room.

3.  During the same scene, the valium-drugged husband slams his fist through the window of the car.  Punching your fist through a car window means no using the hand for a solid month, as you have now broken every bone in it.

4. The sister then apparently spirits her away to the home of a cop, who takes her in.  Even though he is aware that an abusive billionaire whom she is clearly terrified of might be after her, he takes her in, without KNOWING HER AT ALL, and brings her around his adolescent daughter with no mom in the picture, and HE'S NOT EVEN FUCKING HER.  There is no cop in the universe this stupid.  He would have simply had the sister take her to a home for battered wives while he or they contacted an attorney or social worker for her.

5.  The sister stops by to deliver news via newspaper that would have been news on every news platform on Earth, including the cop's daughter's TikTok and Snapchat.  Newspaper.

6. Not ONE RED FLAG is raised when a letter arrives at the house addressed to her directly proceeding her sister's unannounced visit to inform her of his death. Again, a death that surely would have been international news on every news platform on Earth.  The only 'red flag' is her brief confusion as to why a letter has arrived there, then flits right out of her head and clearly right over the world's dumbest cop's head.

7. She is then informed that she is going to start receiving $100,000 per month for 5 years and she then proceeds to A) REMAIN AT THE COPS HOUSE (did I mention she's NOT FUCKING HIM), and B) GOES AND TRIES TO GET A JOB?!?!?!  WHAT?!?!?!

8.  So now we start a series of inexplicable gaslighting events involving the invisible psycho who magically fakes his suicide, even to the point of having his brother show her an urn, ostensibly with ashes inside.  Naturally, the ME of the county is in on the gig, because surely before a cremation was performed, the ME was paid off to enter a suicide notice for a billionaire.  But whatever, we're already strapped in, let's keep riding.

9.  The gaslighting gets more intense after the woman goes to the lawyer with cop-in-tow (why would he agree to this? are you fucking this woman? No?) and insists that the brother 'knows something' about her ex-husband's faked suicide.  In one of the few spots of actual credibility in this film, the lawyer and cop dutifully look at her like she's nuts.

10.  Then, the woman goes to see her sister, who is insanely upset with her over an email she received from her with all kinds of nasty comments.  Her sister received this email and DID NOT IMMEDIATELY CALL YOU LIKE, WTF??  DEAR WRITER, YOU ARE AWARE THAT THERE ARE TIMESTAMPS ON EMAILS, RIGHT?  ALL SHE HAD TO DO WAS POINT OUT THAT SHE WAS AT THE LAWYERS WHEN THE EMAIL WAS WRITTEN AND WHY WOULD I EVEN DO THAT UNLESS I WAS CRAZY OR HAVING A BREAKDOWN???

11. After the encounter at the lawyer's where the cop is starting to suspect she might be nuts, HE STILL ALLOWS HER TO STAY IN HIS HOUSE AROUND HIS DAUGHTER, and lo and behold, the daughter gets punched by the invisible psycho and in response, THE COP LEAVES HER ALONE AT HIS HOUSE?!?!?!

12. Now, a woman the cop believes is insane and violent, has an encounter with the invisible psycho (IP from here) during which she inadvertently trashes his newly flipped house.  (You know, instead of simply leaving the house as quickly as possible once she figures out he's there, for her own safety) During the battle, she dumps a bucket of paint on him, revealing his form in the suit.  

As a person who has painted entire buildings, you will not wash off paint in mere moments under a sink, thus rendering you invisible again.  Somehow he does not leave a single paint-print on the newly restored floor in the house that he and his homely wife are currently trashing that the cop left her alone in, because reasons.

13.  She manages to get away from the IP because an Uber driver takes her back to her old house where she finds one of the super suits and manages to hide it in her garage-sized closet, despite her IP husband seeing her enter the closet with it, as he has been watching her the whole time and he DOES NOT THEN RETRIEVE IT, you know, so it can come up later.

14.  So, then in one of the few marginally believable scenes, she meets with her sister, who by the way HAS STILL NOT CALLED HER ABOUT THE CRAZY EMAIL, at a restaurant where the IP slashes her throat and tosses the weapon into her hand.  Now she stands credibly accused of murder, literally caught red-handed, by all appearances.

15.  Plausibly believing her to be insane, she's locked up for a bit whereupon she learns that she's pregnant, because why not?  The movie dangerously strays into realism for a few minutes, in spite of the cop's inexplicable sympathy for a crazy white woman who punched his daughter and trashed his house and now has murdered someone, but then jumps right back into form with a visit from the brother-lawyer (i forgot to mention, IP's brother is a lawyer), whereupon he confirms his complete knowledge of everything going on, revealing himself to be an obvious conspirator with his brother.

16.  During this conversation, carried out in private, with no guards, while she is not cuffed, in spite of having killed a woman within the last 12 hours, he makes her an offer to return to the husband with the baby in exchange for the lawyer making 'all of this go away'.  'Go Away'?  A woman already deemed to be insane by police and doctors, and credibly accused of murder in front of multiple eyewitnesses; you're somehow going to make that 'GO AWAY'Huh  And then what?  You'd go back to live with this billionaire who will suddenly be alive again?  WHAT?!??!?!  (She refuses, of course)

17.  She steals a pen from his briefcase in order to attempt suicide so she can draw out the IP, and like clockwork, the IP appears to stop her.  Whereupon a sequence so unbelievable takes place, it defies description.  By the way, does this invisible suit also grant the wearer super strength in addition to John Wick-level GunFu?  The IP MOWS THROUGH AROUND 20 COPS LIKE THE FUCKING TERMINATOR.  Executing perfect strikes, knocking out, and assassinating these cops like a Mossad-trained agent.  (Also, NO ALARMS??? DID NO ONE SEE ON ANY CAMERAS THE OFFICERS GETTING MOWED DOWN?? NO ONE HEARD THE SHOTS AND HIT AN ALARM???)

18.  Yet, in spite of his being nearly unstoppable, she somehow manages to chase him off, conveniently letting her know his next destination.  This scene takes place in the parking lot of the mental hospital/jail facility, in a downpour which amazingly IS NOT A FACTOR IN SEEING HIM.  He jumps in a car, dodging bullets and causing another car to crash, which she carjacks and gives chase.

19. Cut to the cop's house, after crazy-woman has called him to warn him that IP is on his way to kill the daughter.  (mind you, HE DOES NOT BELIEVE IN IP)  The cop is on his way, meanwhile, we find the daughter asleep as the IP opens the UNLOCKED BACK DOOR AT A COPS HOUSE IN CALIFORNIA.  He makes his way to the daughter's room whereupon she wakes up and sprays mace in the air around her, causing a violent reaction from the IP, indicating that he has been hit by mace.  So, either A) he has now been maced in the face, or B) He hasn't been maced in the face and is simply wet from the spray.  If it's B, he would not react violently, if it's A, what comes next MAKES NO SENSE.

20. Supercop arrives on the scene and promptly gets his ass handed to him by a noodle-armed billionaire scientist wearing an invisible super suit, giving him super strength and karate moves, WHILE HAVING JUST BEEN MACED IN THE FACE!  Right? See point, 19: Either he was maced, or he wasn't, he reacted violently, therefore HE WAS MACED!  Maybe San Francisco cops have changed since "Dirty Harry", but for him to take an ass beating like that from an IT specialist disappoints on many levels.

21. So, the homely, crazy woman, whom all of this trouble is about, arrives at the house and dispatches the IP lickety-split whereupon via a Scooby-Doo-Type reveal, GASP IT'S THE BROTHER!!!!  Well, that makes all the sense in the world!  Sure, he'd PRETEND TO BE HIS DEAD BROTHER AND KILL MULTIPLE COPS AND COMMIT A SERIES OF MAJOR FELONIES TO.....HELP HIS SUPPOSEDLY DEAD BROTHER GET BACK THIS HOMELY CHICK?!?!?!?!  WHAT?!?!?!?  WHY?!?!??!

22.  BUT!!!!!!  IT'S A TWIST!!!!!  Police SWAT arrives at the house of the supposedly dead brother to discover him tied up inside the house.  A man who supposedly committed suicide, surely recorded by the ME, is found alive after having been tied up for a month by his brother who stole his super suit and proceeded to torment his estranged wife, going as far as getting her accused of murder, and then assaulting a police station/mental hospital in order to keep her from killing herself to save her baby because........why?  AND THE POLICE BUY THIS STORY.  Do you understand?  The police BUY THIS STORY.  In spite of the presence of hundreds of security cameras which surely would have shown the brother arriving to feed/water his prisoner who is miraculously not dead after being tied up for a month in his own house, which no one ever bothers to check or even look if there's piles of shit surrounding a man who has been tied up for a month and totally not running around like the Terminator for the last week or so.

23.  Never mind, they're rolling.  Besides the fact that there's no way she can prove it was actually the brother that murdered her sister, the police release her.  She ends up calling him to try and get him to confess to the crime RATHER THAN CALLING A LAWYER TO DIVORCE HIM AND TAKE ALL HIS MONEY.   So she plots with the cop to wear a wire and tries to get him to confess to murdering her sister, which of course he does not, she then switches to plan B and somehow manages to pop on the super suit, which she totally knows how to operate and manages to make it look like he cuts his own throat at the dinner table.  The DA, who by now knows that invisible suits are real, is totally going to let her walk and the cop who risks his entire career for her (he's not fucking her, by the way, in case you were wondering why he would do all of this and then not arrest her) also lets her walk and the movie mercifully ends.

Post Mortem: In order to kill him in the end, she somehow manages, with the super-strength apparently granted to her by the suit, to grab his hand and arm and drag the knife it's holding across his own throat.

This movie was clearly written by a woman.  A woman with virtually no experience in anything whatsoever.  A bored silicon-valley housewife of an executive came up with this genius of a screenplay and story to give her something to do.

I thought I had reached the nadir of stupidity when I subjected myself to the madness of "Us".  Compared to this, "Us" is a masterpiece of complex storytelling.

I can't wait for tomorrow, because movies get dumber EVERY DAY!!!!!

NO RATING BECAUSE THERES NO SCALE LOW ENOUGH!!!
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« Reply #1 on: June 15, 2020, 10:33:32 AM »

I actually the film quite a bit.  It's very suspenseful, and unlike so many modern films, doesn't stretch the story out too long.  Elisabeth Moss is simply great in the part.  A very nuanced, gritty performance.

To be sure there's lot of things you can point at and scratch your head.  The biggest one is the leading lady going to the dead husband's office for a reading of the will.  Simply would never have happened.

Most of the rest is forgivable because the film does the only 2 things it has to - makes you scared for the girl, and makes you believe an invisible man could happen.

Most of the headscratchers happen to the benefit of the villain, which most audiences won't bat an eye at.  While it's never OK for the hero to have a gun with a never-ending supply of bullets, most audiences won't even think to count the bad guy's bullet count.

The violence is spare, but when it happens, it happens quickly and gorily. 

Blumhouse seems to be the king of horror right now, spending a mere $7 million for $125 million box office haul (indeed, INVISIBLE MAN was the last successful film in theaters). 

It ain't perfect, but it's a worthy update to a story that's always been a tough sell.  Even john Carpenter couldn't make the story believable when he had a crack at it.  When compared to the disastrous attempt by Universal to re-make THE MUMMY with St. Cruise, this re-boot is amazing. 

Bottom line - 3.5 "come for Liz Moss, stay for the throats being slit" out of 5
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« Reply #2 on: June 15, 2020, 12:24:51 PM »

Part of the tension that is supposed to come with horror films is the relative nightmare quality of the antagonist versus the helplessness of the protagonist.

However, that tension is minimized when the protagonist makes decisions so poor that they become a distraction.

Take "Jaws" for example.  Is there a decision made by the characters that is a poor one?  You could argue, I suppose, that Quint's decision to try and drown the shark and thereby cause the engine to overheat and fail was a poor one, but that at least has an explanation that is plausible and demonstrated in the film.

Yes, you have to accept the giant shark and yes, you have to accept that three men go out on a boat to hunt the shark rather than simply call the coast guard.  BUT, those at least have some reasonability to them.

In T.I.M., dude, the COP LEAVES HIS OWN HOUSE, LEAVING A CRAZY WOMAN IN IT.

Where exactly did he go?  See how this kind of destroys the tension?

NO ONE WOULD DO THAT, EVER.

Or in "The Thing", bad decisions?  Like what?

And look, I can handle one or two, but DUDE, I listed TWENTY THREE instances of "No fucking way".

But....opinions vary.
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« Reply #3 on: June 15, 2020, 12:44:10 PM »

Well, not all of your 23 are slam dunks.

We never know, for instance, exactly what dose she gives the hubby to start the movie.  She doesn't divorce him because - as the movie makes clear - she'd never get to the attorney's office alive, much less a divorce.

The ME's report being a lie is, well, par for the course.  In two of the most famous deaths in this country in the past 6 months (Jeff Epstein and George Floyd) both had initial reports not listing homicide as the cause of death.  Epstein's still officially rules a suicide, despite a mountain of contrary evidence.

Thus the ME ruling a billionaire's death a death not only is believable, it supports the underlying theory of the movie (which is that the billionaire exerts vast amounts of control on the apparatus of society).

I think you read waaaaay too much into the flick.  It achieves it primary objective, scaring normal people.  There are a shitload of things that needed addressing in a re-write (like her going to the husband's office, the sister reaction to a single email) but it was forgivable because it was scary (and after all it's about an invisible man, something far less likely then a giant man eating shark).

It's a million miles away from perfect, but Moss's performance alone is worth the watch.  It's good popcorn chomper of movie.  (you woman hating bastard)
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« Reply #4 on: June 15, 2020, 01:12:35 PM »

<a href="https://www.youtube.com/v/KqeLqTZfEkY" target="_blank">https://www.youtube.com/v/KqeLqTZfEkY</a>

You really could do the "Woman hating bastard" review here.

Lets try it.

1. She's weak.  Back to my first point about this happening in California, she's letting herself be abused because she likes the attention and sympathy she gets from her stronger sister, whom she is jealous of.  The sister is stronger, more independent, and more attractive, thus is actually the better character.

2.  She's dumb.  She has no idea how to counter the basic moves her husband makes against her.  She's too stupid to calmly explain to her sister in a rational way that there's no way she could have written the email to her.  

3. She's unattractive.  She's dumpy, dresses badly, and consequently, you don't feel THAT much sympathy for her.  That's why they were careful not to give the husband much screen time because he might unintentionally blow her away with charisma.  As such, the writers save him for last where he meekly tries to get her to stay, a far cry from his earlier alpha-male approach where he demonstrates his undying love for her by trying to provide for her and giver her a baby.  She's an ungrateful bitch who should have been proud to carry his seed in her substandard womb.

Conclusion:  She was being abused because she was weak, dumb, and unattractive.  Who wouldn't kick her ass?  I'm rooting for the Invisible Man, I mean come on, even the cop didn't try and fuck her, and he KNEW she was vulnerable AND essentially beholden to him.
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« Reply #5 on: June 15, 2020, 01:58:24 PM »


3. She's unattractive.  


That's perhaps the most unrealistic aspect of the film - she's a very plain Jane sort of woman.  So much so that the film actually does deal with it later on in the film.  She asks him, "why did you chose me?" without really getting an answer.  But she suffers, which is enough for survival horror (which this essentially is a version of).

<a href="https://www.youtube.com/v/KqeLqTZfEkY" target="_blank">https://www.youtube.com/v/KqeLqTZfEkY</a>

 She's an ungrateful bitch who should have been proud to carry his seed in her substandard womb.

To be fair, she does continue to carry his seed....

Thus SON OF THE INVISIBLE MAN will be coming to a theater near you soon!
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