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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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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