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Sebastian Caine heads a top-secret research project to unlock the secret of invisibility. When the formula works successfully on animals, an ecstatic Caine recklessly disobeys orders and experiments on himself. The invisible Caine, fueled by latent megalomaniac tendencies, quickly becomes intoxicated with his new-found power.
For more about Hollow Man and the Hollow Man Blu-ray release, see Hollow Man Blu-ray Review published by Ben Williams on October 16, 2007 where this Blu-ray release scored 2.0 out of 5.
Starring: Elisabeth Shue, Kevin Bacon, Josh Brolin, Greg Grunberg, Mary Randle, Kim Dickens
Director: Paul Verhoeven (I)
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Hollow Man Blu-ray Review
Sony serves up another of Paul Verhoeven's lesser-known films.
Reviewed by Ben Williams, October 16, 2007
For a director who has worked mainly within the science-fiction and action genres, Paul Verhoeven has always proven to be controversial. His films tend to push the boundaries of violence and sexual content and he has always been a favorite target of the M.P.A.A. Despite the controversies, Mr. Verhoeven has produced stellar work with popular favorites such as Robocop, Total Recall and Basic Instinct. Unfotunately, Hollow Man isn't even close to being up to par with his best work.
Sebastian Crane (Kevin Bacon) is a brilliant, arrogant and just plain annoying research scientist. He and his team of smartly dressed and wise-cracking doctors have been tasked by the government to figure out how to turn a man invisible and back again. As their experiments on animals meet with more and more success, Sebastian ups the stakes and turns the experiment on himself. Unfortunately for Sebastian and anyone in his path, his invisibility serum isn't as easily reversed on humans as it was on the various animals it was tested on. While his team works to make him visible again, Sebastian is driven mad and to senseless acts of violence.
Hollow Man is just plain bad. Dialogue in the film is hokey and driven by one-liners and bad puns. Characters in the film are completely one-dimensional and lack any sort of depth. We are treated to cookie cutter characters such as:
The Ex-Flame and Brilliant Scientist! (Elizabeth Shue)
The New Boyfriend and Brilliant Scientist! (Josh Brolin)
The Animal Rights Wacko and Brilliant Scientist! (Kim Dickens)
The Murderous Psychopath and Brilliant Scientist! (Kevin Bacon)
You get the idea.
At any rate, I could take all of the silly characters, bad acting and moronic dialogue with a grain of salt if it wasn't for the just plain vile extremes Hollow Man goes to. As if it isn't enough that Sebastian murders everyone who gets in his way throughout the film, he had to also be a sexual deviant. What could be more clichéd than the invisible man groping his female coworkers and being a peeping tom? The fact that the film takes this to the extreme of Sebastian brutally raping his neighbor is just inexcusable. I'm certainly not a prude, but I found this particular scene quite disturbing in that it was designed to be titillating and taboo rather than horrifying. In the end, Hollow Man could have been an interesting science-fiction film. Instead, it is a gore fest full of the worst kind of brutality.
NOTE: Those of you who prefer not to see puppies mutilated might also want to avoid Hollow Man .
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