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The Invisible Man

(USA, UK, 2020)

First, it has nothing at all to do with the H.G. Wells story or the Claude Rains 1933 classic movie other than it is about a man who can become invisible. Rather than some secret formula that drives him mad, he has a suit that re-directs light around his body, so he doesn’t need to run around naked in the snow. He is already mad, in the sense that he is a psychopath. He uses this suit to torment his wife, who has run away from his beatings and mental torment. Elizabeth Moss plays the wife, and does a bang-up job of it. Think about it. These impossible things are happening to her, and she claims it’s her husband, who has faked his death. Wouldn’t you think she was nuts? That’s how strongly he has committed himself to driving her insane. He’s “gaslighting” her. (Look it up.) I won’t give away too many details, as there are some shocking surprises along the way, but she ends up in jail, charged with the very public murder of someone. I mean, there she is, holding a bloody knife hubby has put in her hand, while someone bleeds to death from a cut throat. Open and shut. But she is a fighter …

Most “scary” movies leave me cold, so I really value one that keeps me on the edge of my seat, and plays fair with me. You know she will come out on top in the end, but how she does it will leave you satisfied, I can practically guarantee it.