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Hollow Man (2000)

Scientists discover how to make people invisible, but their test subject becomes an insane killer who stalks them.

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Sebastian's Neighbor
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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 »


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

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4 August 2000 (USA)  »

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$95,000,000 (estimated)

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

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$73,209,340 (USA) (17 November 2000)
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Shooting was delayed, while Elisabeth Shue recovered from a torn Achilles tendon, sustained during filming. See more »

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Numerous problems inherent to the "invisible man" premise are completely ignored. Some examples: Since light passes through the retina Sebastian would be blind. The soles of his feet would be visible from the dirt picked up by walking barefoot. The food he eats becomes immediately invisible. See more »

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Sebastian: [another failed molecule design] Damn it!
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References The Fog (1980) See more »

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It's good, it just isn't scary
12 August 2000 | by (Nova Scotia, Canada) – See all my reviews

Hollow Man is a ride, baby. It isn't scary as the ads would have you believe, but I'll be dammed if it isn't one of the most entertaining horror flicks I've seen in a while. In this age of computer generated, digital effects I have a hard time telling good special effects from bad (they all start to look the same after a while), but this one has a few of the most impressive sequences I've ever seen on film. I assume this is one of the most special effect-intensive movies ever attempted (aside form the latest Star Wars), and they do dazzle, so it's a shame the story doesn't quite measure up. It starts to get a little tired in the third act, but what the hell, I was entertained.

Aside form Kevin Bacon, there were no real stand-out performances in Hollow Man. The invisibility serum seems to bring on severe emotional instability in animals, so Bacon's character decides to try it out on himself. Problem is, Kevin is already nuttier than squirrel turds so this is not the smartest of decisions, but he runs the project, so he calls the shots. Mayhem ensues. This is a really clever idea for a horror film, and the smart ways the scientists think of to detect Bacon in his invisible form never ceases to impress. It's nice to see technology has finally made it so that they can do just about anything you can think of in film.

Paul Verhoeven is what makes this movie most attractive for me. I really love his go-for-broke, over the top directing style, and it's put to good use in this one especially. He took a step in the right direction by distancing himself from hack-supreme Joe Esterhaus in the entertaining but flawed Starship Troopers, and now he's back on his feet again. I can just picture him screaming like a madman on set, frothing at the mouth for "more blood, MORE BLOOD!". He doesn't shy away from gore, violence, sex, or anything. He just jumps right in. I like that. This movie is worth about an 8/10 stars. Worth the price of admission for the effects alone. G'night!


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