Caught part of this movie on a hotel TV in London. I only stayed up for the first forty minutes or so, but what I saw was pretty entertaining. I figured I’d give it a shot on Netflix. Besides it’s a Verhoeven film and he is usually able to make his movies entertaining, even if they aren’t particularly good… right?
Sebastian Caine (Kevin Bacon) may have a Bond villain name, but he’s really just a cocky scientist who has been tasked to create a serum that can render a human invisible. Working at his side is Dr. Linda McKay (Elisabeth Shue), who happens his ex-girlfriend. And McKay is currently dating Dr. Matthew Kensington (Josh Brolin), who is also on the project. Once the team is able to turn a gorilla invisible and bring it back without it liquefying – Caine decides to test it on himself. Because this is a Verhoeven film, the invisible scientist lets the power go to his head and starts a raping and murder spree. Now its up to the team of scientists to stop him before the Hollow Man vanishes without a trace.
- Impressive visual effects for the time
- Bacon is having a hell of a time in the role
- Jerry Goldsmith’s score works overtime to keep things moving
- Goes from entertaining to amazingly stupid about half way through
- Shue just doesn’t strike me as a scientist
- Lots of violence toward animals and women
This almost works. The initial premise is entertaining and Bacon delivers as the scientist with a severe God complex. But Verhoeven just lets his obsessions with sex and violence take over, and not in a fun way. The movie gets really ugly at times, and all the action, heroics and excellent special effects can’t keep it from descending into a dark, bloody mess.
Scores (out of 5)