The Invisible

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Dull and confusing execution makes this ghost story utterly forgettable and unintentionally funny.



Total Count: 60


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A severely beaten teenager, trapped in a walking purgatory between life and death, must help authorities to the location of his broken body before it's too late in this remake of the 2002 Swedish thriller Den Osynlige. Graduating senior Nick Powell (Justin Chatwin) has plans to attend a prestigious writing workshop in London, despite the protests of his widowed mother (Marcia Gay Harden). In the days before his departure, he gets into a cafeteria brawl with a delinquent classmate, Annie Newton (Margarita Levieva), while defending his friend from her extortion attempts. Annie and her crew track Nick down on the night he's planning to leave, mistakenly thinking he ratted her out to the police regarding a smash-and-grab burglary committed the night before. When the subsequent beating goes too far, the assailants dump the body in the woods in a panicked attempt to dispose of it. Only, Nick isn't dead -- he's walking invisible among his classmates, friends, and family, desperately trying to alert them that he's still alive. Robbed of the traditional forms of communication, Nick must figure out supernatural methods of manipulating his environment -- and he soon realizes the very girl who attacked him may be the only one who has the power to save him. ~ Derek Armstrong, Rovi

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Justin Chatwin
as Nick Powell
Margarita Levieva
as Annie Newton
Marcia Gay Harden
as Diane Powell
Alex O'Loughlin
as Marcus Bohem
Callum Keith Rennie
as Det. Brian Larson
Michelle Harrison
as Det. Kate Tunney
P. Lynn Johnson
as Sharon Egan
Serge Houde
as Martin Egan
Desiree Zurowski
as Lindy Newton
Mark Houghton
as Jack Newton
Alex Ferris
as Victor Newton
Kevin McNulty
as Principal Whitcliff
Laara Sadiq
as Ms. Barclay
Aleks Holtz
as Football Jack
Maggie Ma
as Danielle
Ronald Selmour
as Guillaume
Colby Wilson
as Mechanic
Mi Jung Lee
as Newscaster
Jason Diablo
as Firefighter
Chris Shields
as CSI Detective
as K-9 Cop
Michael Tayles
as Young Cop
Andrew Coghlan
as Trauma Resident
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  • May 30, 2016
    Hoooooboy. The Invisible is directed by DAVID S. GOYER and stars JUSTIN CHATWIN. That should be enough to scare people away from watching this "movie." I wanted to like it, especially after reading the synopsis. The premise is interesting enough that, with proper execution, it could produce a cult classic. This is also a remake of a foreign film. People, don't watch this one. Although it sounds interesting, it is poorly acted (Chatwin), sloppily written (Goyer), and generally uninteresting (Goyer, again). The film attempts to develop the antagonist, but she never feels like more than a one-dimensional annoying kid. The Invisible tries so hard to be more than it is instead of playing the hand it was dealt, and the result is borderline laughable. Chatwin has done worse (Dragonball Evolution....), but this is just cringe-worthy. AVOID!
    Ben B Super Reviewer
  • Oct 30, 2013
    The Invisible is a paranormal thriller that's full of mystery and intrigue. When Nick Powell is beaten to within an inch of his life his disembodied spirit searches for a way to save his body before it dies and takes him with it. Starring Justin Chatwin, Margarita Levieva, and Alex O'Loughlin, the cast is pretty strong. The storytelling is also fairly good, and develops the characters particularly well. Still, there are a few weaknesses in the script and some plot holes. However, the visual style is quite interesting and gives the film a gritty, surrealist tone. Additionally, the soundtrack does an impressive job at complimenting the mood of the material (though at times it does get a little too obvious). Smart and compelling, The Invisible is an engaging and dramatic film.
    Dann M Super Reviewer
  • Mar 19, 2012
    Movie was okay, and the story was good, but the girl...I can't believe the guys were so afraid of her. I kept begging one of them to hit her. It was a bit lame and may as well been a depressing video of this teen's life, with so much music throughout the movie. It was so so...
    Donna D Super Reviewer
  • Jan 16, 2012
    The same characters, locales (and target demographics) as the Twilight series ... but a ghost is the supernatural tie-in instead of vampires. Teen angst, misunderstanding, and a alt music soundtrack work to build to a crescendo of blossoming love that doesn't bear scrutiny nor was intended to.
    Kevin M. W Super Reviewer

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