Hollow Man (2000)


“You know what, Matt? It’s amazing what you can do… when you don’t have to look at yourself in the mirror any more. ” – Sebastian

Number of Times Seen – Twice (15 Apr 2001 and 8 Sep 2019)

Brief Synopsis – A scientist trying to perfect the ability of making living beings invisible decides to test things on himself when faced with the possibility of losing funding for the project.

My Take on it – This is a film that I recall seeing not long after it came out on DVD.

They do a wonderful job of showing that there is a very thin line between science fiction and horror and present things in such an interesting way.

Kevin Bacon is great in the lead role and is able to play his character in a way that we get to see how both his personality and mood seems to change in small, yet distinct ways over the course of the film.

The special effects used in this film are done extremely well and they allow for the viewer to believe the scenarios presented here because it all looks so very plausible and realistic throughout.

Elisabeth Shue and Josh Brolin are also great here and help give us characters to care more about along the way.

The rest of the cast help enhance the story even more and it’s great seeing so many familiar faces among them.

Loved seeing Greg Grunberg and Joey Slotnick in small yet significant roles

This movie manages to find a way to show that physical experimentation can sometimes be related to and affect psychological aspects on ones character.

The story keep the tension level high and things get quite intriguing along the way especially when they choose to explore the ethical and philosophical aspects of science and experimentation.

Bottom Line – Great way of showing the fine line between science and horror. Bacon is great in the title role because he allows his character’s moods and personality to slowly change through the course of the film. The effects are great especially since they help make this story feel even more realistic.  The cast is quite good and they help enhance the story even more. The way that this film shows how physical experiments can be connected to psychological ones works really well in helping to keep things so intriguing the whole way through. Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – This movie, along with RoboCop (1987), Basic Instinct (1992), and Starship Troopers (1997) is one of four separate movie franchises in which the first movie of their series (directed by Paul Verhoeven) were successful, but their sequels (not directed by Verhoeven) all either bombed at the box-office or were released “Direct-to-DVD”. (From IMDB)

Rating – Globe Worthy (7/10)

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