Psychological horror film shocks audiences

Alice Webster, Student Editor

The Me Too movement has remained strong since it took off in 2017 with many actresses coming forward with allegations against Harvey Weinstein and inspiring others to share their stories. However, many women are still silenced and not believed when they come forward. This inspired the new psychological horror movie The Invisible Man

Elizabeth Moss stars as Cecelia, a woman who has recently escaped an abusive relationship with optics genius Adrian. After his apparent suicide, Cecelia is haunted by his presence and believes he is stalking her. The film hinges on Cecelia’s quest to make someone believe her seemingly impossible story and take Adrian down. 

The movie starts with Cecelia’s escape from Adrian’s mansion but slows down once she reaches apparent safety with her sister’s ex-husband James and their daughter Sydney. Cecelia’s relationship with James and Sydney is the main source of levity and happiness in the movie and is executed well. It was surprising that they did not focus more on Cecelia’s relationship with her sister, especially given the movie’s other feminist attributes. Cecelia’s many vain attempts to convince those around her that Adrian is alive and tormenting her mirror the experiences of many women who have not been believed when they came forward with stories of sexual harassment and rape. The tension is drawn out throughout the movie and gives the viewer a looming sense of danger. The acting and timely theme are the best parts of the film, especially that of Elizabeth Moss, whose frantic portrayal of Cecelia really ties the film together. Some may feel the slow pacing is too drawn out, but it does serve to build the suspense which is integral to the experience.

Overall, The Invisible Man is a slow-paced but fairly enjoyable film. If you are passionate about the #MeToo movement or love Elizabeth Moss, this movie is worth the watch.