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The Invisible (2007) PG-13 97min

December 24th, 2008 by Maxim · No Comments · 8,042 Views


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The plot: A talented high-school student is beaten and left for dead by his criminal classmate. He becomes a ghost, helplessly trying to figure out why he was killed and hopefully get his life back – the cops should find his body in time before he’s completely dead.

The good: Quite interesting characters: like it was said in the film, “everybody has got a story”. Antagonist is not absolutely evil, and protagonist has his issues. Justin Chatwin (War of the Worlds) and Margarite Levieva as a hottie Annie Newton who dates a paroled thug are not very good at conveying complex emotions, but they did an OK job doing what the director told them to do. Shot of the woods was beautiful. Good cinematography by Gabriel Beristain (Blade II, The Sentinel, S.W.A.T., Street Kings) – the light, the color, locations, angles – good job. The movie teaches to be more understanding of the motivation of other people. The message s “life is short, do something good with it” type of a deal.

The bad: Too melodramatic. Too dark. Silly teenage movie for teenagers. Really bad choice of music for the soundtrack  – so off-putting. The songs themselves are not bad, but in the context of the film they don’t work. Slow-motion sequences should have been cut off. The only source of suspense is that each sequence where the ghost tries to do something is played twice – once from the ghost’s perspective and second time from the real world view. That dead boy liked himself a lot. He’s angry at everyone for getting killed for no apparent reason. But he learns that he was too self-centered and that many people are better then they may seem. The whole mental connection between the boy and Annie is preposterous – just like in “Ghost” with Patrick Swayze, except latter learned to communicate with the real world. The ending was never-ending. The ghost-boy didn’t lose a minute of being a ghost, spying on Annie in the shower. Not clear what the movie is more about - a ghost solving his own murder or a story of redemption for good-girl-gone-bad Annie.

The summary: The Invisible is a silly ghost drama for teenagers.

Similar movies: “Ghost”.

The cast: Nick Powell - Justin Chatwin (War of the Worlds) | Annie Newton - Margarita Levieva | Diane Powell - Marcia Gay Harden | Pete Egan - Chris Marquette | Marcus Bohem - Alex O’Loughlin | Detective Brian Larson - Callum Keith Rennie | Detective Kate Tunney – Michelle Harrison

The crew: Director – David S. Goyer (Batman Begins, Blade) | Screenplay – Mick Davis, Christine Roum | Producers – Gary Barber, William S. Beasley, Roger Birnbaum, Neal Edelstein, Jonathan Glickman, Mike Macari, Peter Possne, Rebekah Rudd, Erin Stam | Original Music – Marco Beltrami (Blade II) | Cinematography – Gabriel Beristain | Hollywood Pictures | Spyglass Entertainment | Limbo Productions | Buena Vista Pictures

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Rated 3/5 on Dec 24 2008
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Tags: DVD · Drama · Movies · Supernatural · Thrillers/Suspense · USA

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