The Invisible

Distributed By: Hollywood Pictures

Reviewed by Melissa Minners


            On the surface, it would seem that Nick Powell (Justin Chatwin) had it all.  A senior in high school with excellent grades and a talent for the written word, Nick lives in a posh neighborhood with his doting mother (Marcia Gay Harden).  But sometimes you have to look beneath the surface to get to the truth.  In reality, Nick Powell feels strangled by the life he leads.  Wanting desperately to pursue a career in writing, he is hampered by his mother who has very set ideas about where Nick’s future lies.  Since his father’s death, Nick’s mother has controlled everything about his life…until tonight.

            Tonight, Nick is scheduled to take a journey to Europe to pursue his dream.  But things go tragically wrong when Nick is viciously attacked and left for dead in the woods near his home.  When Nick awakens, he realizes no one can actually see or hear him.  Stuck in a sort of limbo, Nick makes a desperate appeal to the only person who can sense him, his attacker, Annie Newton (Margarita Levieva).  Hiding behind a thug-like, tough-girl exterior, Annie Newton prays that she can at least do one good thing before her self-made road to destruction is complete. 

            Will Nick be able to get through to Annie in time to save them both?

            This is the plot of the 2007 film entitled The Invisible, a remake of a Swedish film based on the novel by Mats Wahl called Den Osynlige.  When I had first seen the trailer of The Invisible, I had found myself thinking, “This has certainly been done before.”  However, usually, the invisible victim is already dead and they are in pursuit of their killer.  In this film, the victim is alive and only wants for his body to be found before he actually dies.  An interesting twist to be sure, but nothing really new.

            And yet, The Invisible contains a very important message that yearns to be heard.  Each character in the film has a different exterior personality than that which lies beneath.  Judging them from their surface appearance might lead you to have a certain opinion of the character, but as the movie plays on, viewers are given a glimpse into what lies beneath that surface – the deeper person.  The theme of this movie has nothing really to do with a man in limbo trying to make his attacker rescue him before he dies.  The theme centers around the time-honored saying, “Never judge a book by its cover.”

            The acting in this film is average, though I must say that Margarita Levieva was quite admirable.  You grow to love and root for her character by the end of the film.  Fans of the vampire/detective television show Moonlight will be amazed at the transformation of Alex O’Loughlin in his portrayal of Annie’s loser boyfriend.          

            On the surface, this story has been done before, but dig deeper and you have a valuable message to be learned.  An excellent reason to recommend renting The Invisible today.


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