Memoirs of an Invisible Man (1992)


“I want my molecules back!” – Nick Halloway

Number of Times Seen – 1 (13 Oct 2020)

Brief Synopsis – A businessman is accidentally exposed to a new chemical that renders him invisible which causes him to try and hide from the CIA agent who wants the formula.

My Take on it – This is a film that I never had any interest in seeing and when I recently came across it, I decided to give it a try.

Boy, was this a really silly modern day adaptation of the classic tale of invisibility.

Chevy Chase is a great comedic actor, but he seems too much out of his element with this role despite the fact that he is best in slapstick roles.

He has no chemistry what so ever with any of the other characters even Darryl Hannah who is meant to be his character’s love interest.

The story itself stumbles along and gets cheesier and cheesier as things progress.

The film’s saving grace are the special effects which helps make this kind of invisibility look quite realistic with both people and objects that have disappeared from the human eye.

The film’s plot is overall quite confusing because it makes so little sense most of the time.

Bottom Line – Really silly version of this classic tale. Chase seems out of his realm in this role even though he usually is great in slapstick roles. His character has no chemistry with any of the other characters including Hannah who is meant to be his character’s love interest. The story stumbles along and is a bit too cheesy in the way that it presents everything which is a shame. The effects are the best part of this film and they really make things seem quite realistic when dealing with people and object that are rendered invisible.  The plot doesn’t make enough sense which is also problematic here.

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – One particular device that Chevy Chase had to wear for the film was a set of blue, eyeball-sized, contact lenses, so his eyes would appear invisible with his face looking like a mask, but with empty eye sockets. To wear them, his eyes first had to be numbed with sedative medication. The lenses had special miniature pinholes so Chase could see through them. However, after about fifteen minutes of wearing them, Chase would demand shooting to stop so he could remove them, sometimes ruining entire shots and pushing filming back by several hours. (From IMDB)

Rating – BAFTA Worthy (5/10)

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