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Hollow Man (2000)

R  |   |  Sci-Fi, Thriller  |  4 August 2000 (USA)
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Scientists discover how to make people invisible, but their test subject becomes an insane killer who stalks them.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Sebastian's Neighbor
Ed, Warehouse Guard
Jimmie F. Skaggs ...
Boy in Car (as Jeffrey George Scaperotta)
Sarah Bowles ...
Girl in Car
Kelli Scott ...


Having discovered they could turn animals invisible, a group of scientists test the subject on a human. Head of research, Dr. Sebastian Caine decides to use himself as the subject. After the experiment can't be reversed, it takes a toll on Caine's personality, causing him to hunt down and kill his colleagues

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Think Invisible, Be Invisible See more »


Sci-Fi | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong violence, language and some sexuality/nudity | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

4 August 2000 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

El hombre sin sombra  »

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Box Office


$95,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$26,414,386 (USA) (4 August 2000)


ESP 1,778,455,868 (Spain) (29 June 2001)

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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The defibrillator used on the set is a MedTronic Physio-Control LifePak 8 defibrillator. See more »


When Sebastian is injecting himself with the serum, air bubbles are clearly visible in various shots. Anyone who knows how to administer an injection would try to get as much air as possible out of the liquid before injecting it. See more »


[first lines]
Sebastian: [another failed molecule design] Damn it!
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Version of Tômei ningen (1954) See more »


Power Struggle
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User Reviews

It's Hollow, Man.
2 September 2012 | by (Maine) – See all my reviews

They say everything's better with Bacon; however, in the case of "Hollow Man" that saying rings a bit, well, hollow. Kevin Bacon stars as an obsessed scientist on the verge of an earth-shattering breakthrough: it seems as though he has discovered the key to invisibility. After successfully turning himself invisible, he harasses and haunts his co-workers in their secluded underground lab. The crew, fed up with his shenanigans, seeks to find a cure but that only brings the monster out in him, turning things from bad to worse.

Verhoeven's time-waster is heavy on special effects but light on characters and originality. Bacon chews the scenery as the arrogant scientist on the fritz, while co-stars Josh Brolin and Elisabeth Shue seem like they belong in a better film. Verhoeven does the best he can with an anemic script, but eventually the special effects take over and the film becomes a bloated b-flick with a budget. There are at least a few genuine thrills to be found, and the film carries such a mean-streak and perverted air about it that it at least never gets dull. Unfortunately, like many of the director's latter-day films, "Hollow Man" takes things a bit too far and the end result is a sloppy, botched experiment, much like Bacon's science project.

While there are certainly worse sci-fi flicks to be found, "Hollow Man" is an example of great potential failing to live up to expectations. In this film, you have a solid cast and a director who knows how to entertain within the science-fiction and action realms. There are redeeming qualities to be found, but they are few and far between. For lack of a better term, "Hollow Man" is pretty hollow.

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