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Hollow Man 2000 R CC

Kevin Bacon and Elisabeth Shue play former lovers who, along with a team of other scientists like themselves, discover the secret of invisibility.

Starring:
Elisabeth Shue, Kevin Bacon
Runtime:
1 hour, 52 minutes

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Genres Science Fiction, Thriller
Director Paul Verhoeven
Starring Elisabeth Shue, Kevin Bacon
Supporting actors Josh Brolin, Kim Dickens, Greg Grunberg, Joey Slotnick, Mary Randle, William Devane, Rhona Mitra, Pablo Espinosa, Margot Rose, Jimmie F. Skaggs, Jeffrey Scaperrotta, Sarah Bowles, Kelli Scott, Steve Altes, J. Patrick McCormack, Darius A. Sultan, Tom Woodruff Jr., David Vogt
Studio Columbia Pictures
MPAA rating R (Restricted)
Captions and subtitles English Details
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By Brittney Bush on March 17, 2001
Format: DVD
This film's strength is neither the special effects nor the action sequences, but rather the time it spends exploring the psychological realm: anger, jealousy, and of course, what you would do if you never had to look at yourself in the mirror.
Kevin Bacon plays Sebastian Caine, an egotistical scientist who is leading a government-funded project on invisibility. Caine is so determined to make his project work that he sidesteps Pentagon authorization and brashly makes himself the study's first human test subject.
Trouble arises with the invisibility antidote, however, and Caine is unable to regain opacity. This turn of events, and his subsequent extended confinement to his underground lab, quickly bring out the dark side of Caine's megalomaniac personality. He begins to vent his emotions in most unhealthy ways, violently seeking outlets for his bitterness over a recent split with his girlfriend, his jealousy and rage towards her new lover, and his obsession with the female neighbor he watches through his window. Drawing on the premise that invisibility eliminates feelings of guilt, Hollow Man has Sebastian become a very, very bad man.
The dilemma, of course, lies in how to stop him: what do you do to defend yourself against a man that you can't even see? The situation is resolved, but not before Caine creates an enormous bloodbath, and unfortunately not before I began to lose interest in the film. Near its end, Hollow Man begins to transform into a fairly rote action movie, complete with fireballs and (spoiler alert!) a dramatic escape through an unstable elevator shaft. Trust me, you've seen it all before.
One advantage of the DVD format is that the discriminating viewer can skip fairly directly to the middle of the movie, which is where the psychologically-driven sequences lie and is the part worth watching. The rest, honestly, is rather hollow.
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There's something highly watchable about a crazy Kevin Bacon. His demeanour in this film is generally a bit creepy, and it's great to see him evolve into a cold-blooded killer throughout the film. Great special effects for its day and I loved how they focused a lot on the science of invisibility.

I'm not a fan of Josh Brolin, I found his character annoying, but his presence was necessary for the final battle between Bacon and Shue. Elizabeth Shue's character was semi-Ripley in nature; strong, independent, intelligent and has a killer instinct. She's almost the ultimate character (though, she was highly feminised at times). The special effects were great, particularly the parts where Bacon is burnt to a crisp (no pun intended) and we see his quasi-invisible scabbed flesh. Awesome!

This film is definitely worth owning, it never gets boring, and because I don't like Brolin, it's good to see him get his butt whooped!
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I should lay my cards on the table and admit that I thoroughly dislike Paul Verhoeven's films (well certainly "Starship Troopers" and "Total Recall" - who else could ruin a Heinlein and a PKD?) I think his approach to making films is condescending, meretricious, and cynical; and I don't relish being patronised.

"Hollow Man" displays all the standard symptoms of advanced Verhoeven Syndrome: shallow plot, no character development, gratuitous violence, and a contempt for the laws of science that almost amounts to an organised campaign to subvert SF as a genre. Witness the dramatic idea (stolen directly from H.G. Wells, of course) of making animals and human beings completely invisible, without the slightest shred of scientific explanation except for some mumbo-jumbo about quantum shifts. Making organisms vanish is done by injecting them with a lurid orange liquid injected from an immense hypodermic that looks like a Fisher-Price toy (but only after it's been "irradiated"). Making the creatures visible again calls for the identical process - but this time with a bright blue liquid! (I'm not making this up, honest, although I might have got the colours transposed).

Bacon, who acts as brilliantly as usual, is represented as not too tightly wrapped at the best of times, and when his cunning plan to become world-famous by being the first human to vanish and reappear goes pear-shaped, he sulks and then goes psycho. Cue an outbreak of picturesque violence loaded with themes stolen from here, there, and everywhere - music reminiscent of "Predator", hidden menaces like those in "Aliens", and of course a huge explosion that hurls a fireball up a lift shaft after Shue and Brolin like those in every other "thriller" for years.
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By TREND700 on January 12, 2010
Format: DVD
Sebastian Caine is a brilliant yet arrogant scientist working on a top secret mission for the U.S. government to unlock the secret to human invisibility. After creating a serum that induces invisibility in laboratory animals, he disobeys Pentagon orders by trying the serum on himself. Though it works, the effects are irreversible. While his chief lieutenants Linda McKay and Matt Kensington try frantically to counteract the effect, Caine becomes increasingly intoxicated by his new found power. Not only do his latent megalomaniac tendencies begin to emerge, they get stronger the longer he remains invisible as he begins to perceive all efforts to cure him as a threat to his very existence. 'Hollow Man' is a creepy nail-biter. This movie is one of the best psychological thrillers, with fantastic special effects.
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