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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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What would you do if you knew you couldn't be seen? 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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Technical Specs


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Sound Mix:

(8 channels)| |


Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Jennifer Lopez was offered the role of Linda McKay. See more »


When pouring the face mold on Caine's invisible head to make the mask it appears as though his head is shaved completely bald, yet in later scenes (swimming pool) it is clear that he has hair. No bald cap or similar covering is shown protecting the hair, but without it, the hair would become embedded in the latex. See more »


[first lines]
Sebastian: [another failed molecule design] Damn it!
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References Ghostbusters (1984) See more »


Performed by Juliana Hatfield
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User Reviews

Hollow plot and characters but visually fantastic
14 November 2003 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Sebastian Caine and his team have worked tirelessly to develop a formula that can not only turn animals invisible but also bring them back to normal at will. With Governmental pressure on them to show results, Sebastian decides he will be the first human to try the formula. He becomes invisible for a short time, however efforts to bring him back fail and he finds himself stuck. As work continues on the formula, the others in the lab begin to notice him becoming increasingly unhinged.

From director Verhoven the norm is to expect great special effects and violence. He has also been known to integrate themes and good stories into these mainly effects driven films. On this occasion however he fails to really do that and is left with a fast paced and enjoyable film that makes up in effects what it lacks in substance. The plot is pretty basic and never goes deeper – Sebastian's descent into madness is not really a descent so much as a short trip that is not really built to so much as just delivered. In it's placed though, the effects are really impressive and make the film worth seeing simply because, not only are they great, but they are also used very well in the action rather than just being the film in themselves.

The cast is OK but don't really have much to work with in terms of material. Bacon is much more interesting when not on screen than when he is. His character is too thin and he fails to portray any sort of `descent' in his character's behaviour. Shue is pretty good and seems to enjoy running round with a flamethrower. The rest of the cast are OK but basically just act as fodder in the way that a normal slasher movie will have actors to be disposed of as the film rolls.

Overall I really enjoyed this film as it is a very expensive special effects movie which relies on spectacle to keep things moving. The effects are great and take the mind away from the lack of real substance and the action at the end is very enjoyable. A really good special effects movie as long as you don't expect anything more.

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