All action with no plot this condensed serial just doesn't work
Condensed version of the serial of the Invisible Monster is all motion and little else. The plot has to do with an evil genius in a special suit that renders him in visible when a certain light is projected on it. He's brought in four men from behind the iron curtain promising them freedom, but instead he's entangled them in a criminal affair. Battling the villain is a couple of insurance investigators. Beginning with a couple of henchmen running a police road block this movie is pure action and it moves like the wind throwing rational plot aside in the name of action. Almost all of the exposition from the serial has been removed and all that's left is the motion. Its exhausting, and not in a good way. Its all just one big chase/fight. Making matters worse is the repetition of location becomes tedious. What is passable over the course of several weeks in theaters or over the course of 12 chapters becomes monotonous over an hour and a half movie, I kept thinking didn't we just trash this place ten minutes ago. This condensation irked me almost instantly. Republic did a number of these in the wake of the Batman TV series when the Batman serials were released to theaters. The release brought attention to serials and Republic moved to cash in. Some of the movie versions worked (The feature of the Crimson Ghost) and some didn't (this). Given the choice I'd try to find the full serial and skip this abbreviated version.
0 of 0 people found this review helpful.
Was this review helpful to you?