The Invisible

Directed by David S. Goyer

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The Invisible - Directed by David S. Goyer
By Brendan WillisIt’s too bad The Invisible isn’t actually invisible, leaving a blank space on the video store shelves where a good movie could take its place. This attempt to bring emo to film is overwrought with teenage angst and an illogical, inconsistent script that will leave viewers wishing they themselves could disappear. In the place between life and death there are the Invisible. When Nick Powell (Justin Chatwin) is brutally assaulted and left for dead by Annie (Margarita Levieva), a young, misunderstood criminal psychopath, he must travel through the world in a ghost-like state while his body dies in the woods. On his ephemeral journey Nick observes his friends and enemies covering up his assault, and in the process learns that our perceptions of who others are may not be a true reflection of who they really are inside. The Invisible is riddled with a certain moral ambiguity that’s no doubt intended to stimulate the viewer’s ethical sensibilities but, hampered by the one-dimensional stock characters that populate the script, the attempt at complexity feels uneven and out of place. This film is a remake of a Swedish movie, which in turn was adapted from a Swedish novel, explaining how some of the story may have been lost in translation. The bonus features include music videos by 30 Seconds to Mars and Sparta, 13 unlucky minutes of deleted scenes and two standard issue audio commentaries, one by Director David S. Goyer (Blade: Trinity) and writer Christine Roum, and the other by writer Mick Davis. Attempting to convey how and why The Invisible is a bad movie in 300 words is a difficult task. Just imagine an idiot whining for 100 minutes about how misunderstood they are while you sit there thinking, "you’re not misunderstood, you’re just not very interesting.”
(Buena Vista)
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