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
Kevin Bacon kept a journal during production for an article in Entertainment Weekly. Among the little info bits related to the filming: Bacon's most challenging aspect of the FX involved in playing the Hollow Man was keeping his outfit with little tennis balls on it from getting disordered; Paul Verhoeven gave the crew four days off in September 1999 so that Jewish cast and crew members could observe the Yom Kippur holiday; and Bacon's daughter faced a terrifying health crisis but after a few days recovered fully. See more »
Sometimes the mattress retains heat (as seen through the monitor) after Caine gets up, other times it does not. See more »
Goes from being a decent look at an interesting theme to a predictable B-grade slasher
This could, and should, have been an interesting look on the idea of invisibility. Unfortunately, somewhere along the line, they ran out of ideas and decided to just kill everyone off and have it end in huge explosions, demonstrating a total lack of creativity. Too bad. It could have been great, were it not for the total lack of good acting, the one-dimensional characters, the corny lines and the general lack of anything worthwhile in the movie at all, other than good special effects. I feel bad for Paul Verhoeven; he used to make great movies; RoboCop, Basic Instinct & Starship Troopers were all way better than this mainstream garbage. The only good thing about this movie is the special effects, and, believe me, they are good. They are just not good enough to distract the viewer from all the negative points about the movie. It's really too bad that they couldn't make a better movie about invisibility; we've never had a truly good movie dealing with the rush of power it would be to be invisible. This movie tries, but it just falls short. All those great special effects, and no good movie to back them up. I'd only recommend this to special effect nerds, people who'll watch a movie regardless of quality just to see good special effects. I can't imagine anyone else actually enjoying this movie. I gave it a 6/10, but only because of the special effects.
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