Hollow Man

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Despite awesome special effects, Hollow Man falls short of other films directed by Paul Verhoeven. This flick over time degenerates into a typical horror film.



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At a top-secret military lab, a group of brilliant young scientists have just unlocked the secret of invisibility. The team's arrogant leader, Sebastian Caine, ignores the risks and decides to test the dangerous procedure on himself- only to discover his fellow scientists are unable to reverse the effect. Working around the clock, Caine's colleagues struggle to devise an antidote. But Sebastian's intoxication with his new found power is growing, and he's come to believe his colleagues may be a threat to his very existence.

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Kevin Bacon
as Sebastian Caine
Elisabeth Shue
as Linda McKay
Josh Brolin
as Matthew Kensington
Kim Dickens
as Sarah Kennedy
Greg Grunberg
as Carter Abbey
Joey Slotnick
as Frank Chase
William Devane
as Dr. Howard Kramer
Mary Jo Randle
as Janice Walton
Rhona Mitra
as Sebastian's neighbor
Pablo Espinosa
as Warehouse Guard
Margot Rose
as Mrs. Kramer
Sarah Bowles
as Girl in Car
J. Patrick McCormack
as General Caster
Darius A. Sultan
as Gate Guard
Tom Woodruff Jr.
as Isabelle the Gorilla
David Vogt
as Helicopter Pilot
Gary A. Hecker
as Gorilla Vocals
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Critic Reviews for Hollow Man

All Critics (116) | Top Critics (31) | Fresh (32) | Rotten (84)

  • the director keeps uncomfortably aligning the invisible cinemagoer's intrinsic voyeurism with Sebastian's own, showing us to what depths of depravity the male gaze can lead.

    May 27, 2019 | Full Review…
  • A labored, implausible piece of action-movie hack work.

    Jan 1, 2000 | Rating: 0.5/5 | Full Review…
  • Despite a wealth of special effects and direction by Paul Verhoeven, Mr. Over-the-Top himself, this movie is surprisingly inert, more dull than anything else, with little to recommend it on any level.

    Jan 1, 2000 | Rating: 0.5/5 | Full Review…
  • The real invisible man here is Verhoeven, whose talent can barely be seen in Hollow Man.

    Jan 1, 2000

    Tom Keogh

    Top Critic
  • As Hollow Man scrambles toward its conclusion, the dialogue founders and logic retreats.

    Jan 1, 2000

    Robert Horton

    Top Critic
  • Ultimately the title is most revealing. It's hollow, man.

    Jan 1, 2000

Audience Reviews for Hollow Man

  • Jan 30, 2013
    "Hollow Man" is a simple yet interesting take on the average horror film, led perfectly by Kevin Bacon as the scientist turned madman after being altered into invisibility. Begging all the right questions, the film takes all the turns you'd hope it would, never being afraid of embracing its 'R' rating. Elisabeth Shue is gorgeous and strong-willed enough to step up to the invisible homicidal manic and Josh Brolin proves to hold his own. Despite its multiple ending marathon of close calls and just-one-more-fight mentality, Verhoeven proves he has what it takes to dabble in the horror genre.
    Christopher H Super Reviewer
  • Jan 18, 2013
    Hollow Man is actually a half decent film. I wasn't that fond of the special effects, but when I look back it's interesting. I thought the acting led by Kevin Bacon was pretty crummy though. A small group of scientists turn the leader of the project invisible. All he can think of now is sex and killing, while this has been criticized I think this movie would suck if he didn't go insane. It was actually sufficiently thrilling, the last scene had me tense. It wasn't the smartest plot, but I was a fun one. Maybe it did feel lacking of a true purpose or sense, it's odd that the Doctor went mad so quickly, but it was all around an entertaining treat. It seems like one of those movies to watch on a plane, nothing great but it'll keep your eyes on the screen. 2.5 stars+
    Daniel D Super Reviewer
  • Oct 20, 2012
    I don't really understand the hatred of this. "Hollow Man" doesn't rank among Verhoeven's best (its problems stem from poor world construction) but I find it enjoyable if only because its an entire film devoted to a story that would normally be a B plot in a comic book movie where we find out how the villain got his powers. True to Verhoeven, all the characters are unlikable which I tend to like.
    Alec B Super Reviewer
  • May 18, 2012
    excellent special effects but for a paul verhoeven film this is definitely a miss. the film doesn't work as a whole. kevin bacon is well cast but shue is a little over her head. the script is severely clunky and some of the laughs come from silly on liners. the issue I had was the whole shift in tone at the end was terribly sudden. I liked the conclusion but the events before it and length pretty much killed its success
    Brendan N Super Reviewer

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