The Invisible (2007)

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Published on: 2008.05.11

I was surprised at how much I liked this movie. We had decided against seeing it in the theater, not wanting to “waste” money on a movie like this. So we rented it on DVD. We loved it, both my wife and I.

To quote her, “It’s not that often that I see a movie for the first time, and just fall in love with it.” She named a few others, along with this one.

Despite the DVD’s lack of any real bonus features (other than a commentary and a few deleted scenes that weren’t really enlightening), the movie was spectacular, especially relative to my expectations.

When I learned that “Disturbia” destroyed The Invisible at the box office, I was disturbed. The two films came out at approximately the same time. Disturbia had better advertisements, and ended up with $100 million, getting 68% positive reviews on Rotten Tomatoes. The Invisible made $24 million, and had just 19% positive reviews.

But unlike Disturbia, The Invisible didn’t suck. I find it hard to understand why the rest of the movie world didn’t get this.

Okay, I take it back. Disturbia didn’t suck. But The Invisible was much more enjoyable.

It didn’t use the overused thriller cliché build-ups that so many directors fall back on when they lose their creativity. He’s going to kill her! Oh, no he’s not, that’s just a shovel and he’s planting rose bushes.

The Invisible actually told a story. A compelling story. Thought-provoking and conversation-starting.

I’ll go light on the plot since you should see it for yourself.

But basically Nick (Justin Chatwin) is a mostly-good kid who’s going through the normal teen angst, when he’s attacked by a wanna-be teen gangster by mistake. The teen criminal, fantastically portrayed by Margarita Levieva, isn’t a one-dimensional character. None of the characters are. They all seemed like real people.

Anyway, Nick then becomes a ghost of sorts (his body isn’t conscious, but not yet dead). No one can see or hear him, and he can’t touch anything. But occasionally, Annie (Levieva) can hear his voice, or at least sense his presence.

Because of that, she’s the only one who can help the authorities find the hidden real body of Nick.

I’ll leave the rest for director David Goyer to tell. As a director, his most well-known product is probably Blade: Trinity, but he’s been a writer and producer on many other well-known works, like The Puppet Master, The Crow: City of Angels, Dark City, Blade, Blade II, Batman Begins, Jumper, and The Dark Knight.

In case you were wondering, The Invisible really doesn’t resemble his other works, but you can tell he’s experienced at putting together a story without much nonsense.

IMDb: The Invisible
Wikipedia: The Invisible
Rating: PG-13
(violence, criminality, sensuality and language – most involving teens)
Length: 97 min (1:37)
Director: David S. Goyer
Genre: Crime / Drama / Thriller
My Rating: 9 of 10
Family Friendly: No. Sure, some of the violence is slightly off-screen, and there isn’t a lot of blood. But it’s obvious that the movie-makers weren’t pandering to kids with this one.
Justin Chatwin, Margarita Levieva, Marcia Gay Harden, Chris Marquette, Alex O’Loughlin, Callum Keith Rennie, Michelle Harrison, Ryan Kennedy, Tania Saulnier, Alex Ferris

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