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Hollow Man (2000)

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When the leader of a team of scientists volunteers to be the test subject for their experiment in human invisibility, he slowly unravels and turns against them, with horrific consequences.

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Paul Verhoeven

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Elisabeth Shue ... Linda McKay
Kevin Bacon ... Sebastian Caine
Josh Brolin ... Matthew Kensington
Kim Dickens ... Sarah Kennedy
Greg Grunberg ... Carter Abbey
Joey Slotnick ... Frank Chase
Mary Randle ... Janice Walton
William Devane ... Dr. Kramer
Rhona Mitra ... Sebastian's Neighbor
Pablo Espinosa ... Warehouse Guard
Margot Rose ... Mrs. Kramer
Jimmie F. Skaggs ... Wino
Jeffrey Scaperrotta ... Boy in Car (as Jeffrey George Scaperotta)
Sarah Bowles Sarah Bowles ... Girl in Car
Kelli Scott Kelli Scott ... Mom
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Storyline

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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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Country:

USA | Germany

Language:

English

Release Date:

4 August 2000 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

El hombre sin sombra See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$95,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$26,414,386, 6 August 2000, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$73,209,340, 19 November 2000

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$118,000,000
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Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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This movie, along with RoboCop (1987), Basic Instinct (1992), and Starship Troopers (1997) is one of four separate movie franchises in which the first movie of their series (directed by Paul Verhoeven) were successful, but their sequels (not directed by Verhoeven) all either bombed at the box-office or were released "Direct-to-DVD". See more »

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It's good, it just isn't scary
12 August 2000 | by Shecky J. O'PootertootSee 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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