The Invisible Man****

Directed by Leigh Whannell

Universal swerved a bullet when the original plan for a CGI tentpole Invisible Man starring Johnny Depp, went west after the failure of Tom Cruises’ The Mummy. Instead, we have a film smaller in budget and scope but far larger in the imagination. In many way’s it is closer in spirit to the original. The premise, that a control freak fake’s his own death so he can stalk his runaway wife, is perfect in time and place. A very tight script depends far more on Elizabeth Moss than the effects in making us believe this is happening and not her imagination. All the horror memes are present and correct and film breathlessly runs towards its finale.

Verdict: Topical retelling of The Invisible Man works a treat.