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Hollow Man (DVD)
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Hollow Man (DVD)
Date: 11/08/01, updated on 11/08/01 (89 review reads)
Advantages: Packed full of visually stunning special effects!
Disadvantages: Story starts to get a bit laughable towards the end!
"What you up to?", "Nothing much, you?", "The same, want to get out a movie?", "Yep can do, why don't you get out that new film 'Hollow Man'?", "Fine see you in half an hour".
Its funny isn't it how a simple conversation such as this can lead to a really bad night in watching a movie. I was round at my cousin's house and gave my other cousin a ring; he was the one that suggested this movie. I had heard mixed things about the title but thought hey, why not, you only live once. I can tell you that by the end of the evening I decided never to use this colloquial motto ever again.
The film centres around a group of scientists who has been given the task by the Government to make a person invisible, and then return them once again to view. And why would they want to do this, hmmm we can only hazard a guess. Leading this intrepid group is a scientist who is held and revered as a genius in his time, Sebastian Caine (played by Kevin Bacon). The only problem is that Caine's ego score is about as high, or even higher than that of his IQ. As a result his peers may respect him, but he is not particularly liked. And to make matters worse his ex-girlfriend is one of the scientists involved in the project, Linda McKay (played by Elizabeth Shue, which makes Caine behave even worse as he is desperate to win back her affections as he is jealous that she is now seeing another man. Unknowing to Caine at the start however is that the man that McKay has moved onto greener and better pastures with, it is another member of the team, Matt Kensington (played by Josh Brolin). And surprise, surprise, Kensington just happens to be his testosterone competition throughout the movie, with Caine usually getting the upper hand.
The group has only received marginal success in the project, they have managed to make a number of animal subjects invisible, but bringing them back has not yet been successf
ul. That is until one dreary night Caine stumbles upon the genetic solution, and hey presto the experiment on a very distressed gorilla is a complete success. However Caine craves success and the opportunity to be the first. So as a result he lies to his superiors and convinces them that the project needs more time. When he gets back to their secret lab he convinces McKay and Kensington to carry out the procedure on him.
Caine gets as he asks and becomes the first man to become completely invisible, the only problem is that the reversal serum does not work as expected, and yes you guessed it folks he is stuck as Mr see-through personality. What follows is a race to get Caine back to his normal and loveable self, before he starts to lose his mind as many of the other subjects have after being invisible for too long.
However Caine now realising the power that he posses at being the first invisible man decides to take a few short trips into the outside World, and decides that he likes things just the way they are. In order to stay this way he is going to have to eliminate the only evidence that he is actually invisible, his team. So Caine traps them in the lab and starts to pick them off one by one. Who will survive, the heroic scientists who are trying to right their wrongs, or the mad invisible scientist who is intent on having his own type of fun in the big wide World?
Sounds like exciting stuff huh? Well in a way I would have to say that it is, the concept of the story line is good, and even though it is directed by Paul Verhoeven, with previous dodgy titles in the form of Showgirls, the film does deserve some merit. The special effects are amazing, as we see Caine partially visible in smoke and water, and objects floating around as if carried by Caine. And when the actual process is carried out the de-structuring of the body layer by layer is amazing. However about 30 minutes towards the end of the film things start to slip, and it just
looks a bit hurried and unbelievable, you will see what I mean when it comes to the punishment that Kensington and Caine receive and yet somehow mange to keep on ticking.
If you fancy a visual feast, and a story line that has its ups and downs then I recommend this title to you. The DVD features add a small element to the film, being the crystal clear vision of DVD, and the sound quality, however not listened to on the available 5.1 DTS, was still very good. The commentary from cast and crew was also good to see as an insight into the direction of the film and how the characters were developed. The deleted scenes really would have made no real impact on the movie (which is probably why they were deleted DUH!), and the trailers I had already seen. At the end of the day it is just additional sales candy that adds very little to the end outcome of the film.
Give the film a watch just for curiosities sakes, and girls if you are a Kevin Bacon fan there is a naked rear shot of him, and a full frontal view of him WHOO HOOO!!(He is invisible at the time though, so you will have to use your imagination as you see him in all his thermal image glory, sorry ladies).