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The Invisible
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Oct 17, 2007 By: Quigles
The Invisible order
Director:
David S. Goyer

Actors:
Justin Chatwin
Margarita Levieva
Marcia Gay Harden

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WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
Brutally attacked and left for dead, young Nick Powell finds himself stuck in a state where nobody can see him. Some viewers may wish they couldn't either.
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?
"Dude, why do you wanna see THE INVISIBLE?" my friends inquired. "It's obviously just a ripoff of GHOST."

"Au contraire," I replied. "It's actually a remake of a Swedish film entitled DEN OSYNLIG, which was in itself based on a novel. Besides, GHOST is a love story. THE INVISIBLE is a murder mystery; one in which the person solving the case is also the victim. So there."

My friends stood back agape at my unquestionable genius. "Whatever, dude. You're so pretentious."

Scoffing, I adjusted my monocle and took a puff off my pipe. "Pretentious? Moi?"

Little did I know at the time thatf*ck me sidewaysthis IS a love story. That's right. A goddamn love story. It may not seem like it at first, but rest assured, that's the basic story arc that defines the film. There's a male and a female, both from varying backgrounds, and in time they learn to see each other for who they really are; not the people others think they are, but the real themthe version that's "invisible" to the world. *sniff* How touchingly beautiful... and subtle.

Once I got done bitching about the film not delivering the clever murder mystery promised by the trailer, I found myself slowly able to move past what was really a trifling matter. It was about that point though that a scene in the film took place where (after it was made abundantly clear that practically nothing he could do would have an effect on the real world) Nick Powell physically attempted to pull his own body to safety. If you consider that a spoiler, you should be thanking me. I just prepared you for how unrelentingly ludicrous this movie gets in its final half hour.

The rest of the film isn't quite as frustrating. The direction is slick and the atmosphere is appropriately bleak, with the filmmaking giving an overall sense of being slightly more sophisticated than your average teen drama/thriller. It suits the movie well, but it's not enough to overcome the major flaws in the otherwise reasonably decent script. Its most promising facets (such as the revelation concerning Nick's "ghost" state) aren't dealt with sufficiently, and in turn the more glaring issues stand out. Specifically, the tough girl, Annie, is a stupid and unbelievable character. She never becomes likable, nor is she compelling. It's no coincidence that, of all the film's aforementioned problems, almost every one directly correlates with her presence. Maybe she should've been the one to become "invisible."
THE EXTRAS
Just a couple of commentaries and some deleted scenes. Not even a making of featurette.

Audio Commentary (with director David S. Goyer and writer Christine Roum): A standard but enjoyable commentary that will obviously be appreciated more by fans of the film.

Audio Commentary (with writer Mick Davis): This second commentary is a little more interesting, mainly because co-writer Mick Davis was the screenwriter behind the original Swedish film. Unfortunately, there's way too much dead air.

Deleted Scenes (13:00 - with optional commentary): There are 11 deleted scenes, with one in particular being of interest because it features a character shown in the trailer but not in the final film.

Also included are two Music Videos, "The Kill" by 30 Seconds to Mars and "Taking Back Control" by Sparta, and some Previews.
FINAL DIAGNOSIS
Despite an intriguing premise and some cool ideas, THE INVISIBLE manages to waste all its time accentuating its flaws rather than focusing on the positive traits that could've made it something great. Worth a rental at best.
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