The Invisible Man ★★★★½

There's an old saying in writing techniques: "Show, don't tell." Don't rely on an overabundance of exposition to relay the story and its details to your audience, but rather allow them to experience the story for themselves through its unfolding. Leigh Whannell's excellent modernized adaptation of H.G. Wells' timeless classic forgoes both of these elements to a literal extent, rather allowing wide open spaces and the absence of characters to convey a sense of dread and an unseen menace, the likes of which not even a glimpse is shown before the halfway point. Tensions are upheld and driven forward through stunning cinematography and framing, a nerve-wreaking soundtrack, and a sublime performance from Elisabeth Moss- who certainly deserves more attention between this and the excellent Queen of Earth.

Whannell appropriately modernizes the classic story as a triumphant and terrifying tale of escaping an abusive relationship. After narrowly getting out of Adrian's clutches, Cecilia slowly finds herself haunted by the apparition of her past. Her sanity is called into question as her apparent poltergeist continues to torment her unseen, alone and desperate for solitude away from this phantom menace. But somehow, even beyond the grave, the gaslighting and torture continue from Adrian. Whannell presents an excellent horror-thriller that simultaneously becomes a realistic relationship drama, barring the science fiction elements.

Between Upgrade and The Invisible Man, director Leigh Whannell showcases that he holds a kind of prowess for a unique blend of sci-fi and horror the likes of which haven't been properly encapsulated since David Cronenberg's heyday. His writing is on point, with razor-sharp dialogue and superbly balanced storytelling that keeps you roped in and invested with every tenacious beat there is to offer.