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Invisible Agent Reviews

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½ October 25, 2016
It strays far from the horror element, but is still highly entertaining and very well made.
½ April 27, 2015
While it breaks away from the roots of the original film, it's pretty interesting on its own. The characters are decent enough, and there's plenty of fun invisible gags. It's not so much of a horror movie, but for a spy flick it's great.
½ March 14, 2015
Features a very recognizable supporting cast, including Keye Luke and Peter Lorre.
March 9, 2015
Pedestrian spy drama (more of a comedy at times) using the invisible man's grandson in a secret mission in Germany in WWII.
November 9, 2014
This "Invisible Man" sequel was made during World War II, and as such is a bit of a propaganda film. Essentially the Nazis and a Japanese Spy (played unconvincingly as Japanese and a little more like totally German by the great German actor Peter Lorre) come to the grandson of Dr. Jack Griffin for the secret formula that creates invisibility. Luckily he escapes, but the U.S. government wants the formula too. He agrees, but only if the drug is used on himself. So begins a sort of psuedo-Horror/Sci-Fi/Espionage/War is many things, and it is only okay. Most films that have a propaganda plot shoehorned in during this time period suffer because of it. It's better than "The Invisible Woman", but only by a little. The best effect was when the Invisible Agent was bathing...weird.
Super Reviewer
½ November 5, 2014
Tailoring the series for the war effort, the occasionally entertaining The Invisible Agent does little for morale, but winningly keeps the SFX at the forefront. Aping Charlie Chaplin (The Great Dictator) and The Three Stooges (You Nazty Spy!, Ill Never Heil Again) in making the Third Reich out to be a buffoonish laughingstock, this harmless film keeps the tone light even when its trying to be serious.

In this unrated continuation of the Universal series, the Invisible Man's grandson (Jon Hall) uses his secret formula to spy on Nazi Germany.

Here, Peter Lorre gets better material than with The Invisible Woman. Hes joined by Ilona Massey and Cedric Hardwicke in a tale that's more rousing and enjoyable than it deserves to be. Hats off to Kurt Siodmak, a screenwriter who churned out a ridiculous amount of scripts for every Universal horror franchise but The Mummy including Dracula (Son of Dracula), Frankenstein (House of Frankenstein), The Invisible Man (The Invisible Man Returns), and, The Wolf Man (Frankenstein Meets the Wolf Man). This espionage thriller-cum-comedy might not approach the quality of his crowning achievement (The Wolf Man) but its funtastic enough to earn him huge respect just for his overall batting average when it comes to quality and output.

Bottom line: Spy Gamey
½ May 3, 2014
'invisible man' series does its bit for the war effort
October 14, 2013
When you've got great genre players like Lorre, Hardwicke, and Massey in the film, you expect to be in good hands, but save for a fantastic central idea, INVISIBLE AGENT is a mostly dull affair, bearing little of the creativity or panache of some of the other entries in the Invisible Man saga. That Curt Siodmak, a very fine writer, masterminded this is kind of puzzling, and it's easily his least successful script from his stint with Universal.
½ October 29, 2011
Universal movie monsters go-to-war to fight Nazis! This film is begging for an absurd remake. Playing to the home front crowd early in WW2 it borrows it's cues from Bugs Bunny and makes the Nazis neafrious buffoons. The acting is very bland and you can almost see throught it. (ouch) The efx are pretty decent, but the lead actor apparently hired for his good looks (who they turn invisible for most of the picture) not his acting ability. The plots plods along. One really cool scene though when the film opens looks like it was the inspired "Nazi tortures somebody/anybody for secrets" scene in Raiders of the Lost Ark. Not a great Halloween flick. Stick to the original if you want scary stuff.
October 20, 2011
The world is engulfed in WW2 and The Invisible Man heads off to Germany to mess the Nazi's minds. It's an interesting change of pace for an Universal Monster movie and Peter Lorre puts in a terrifically creepy performance.
Super Reviewer
½ October 19, 2011
Fourth entry in The Invisible Man series is a semi decent horror adventure with bits of comedy thrown in. The film had a great idea, but I felt it lacked the real fire that the plot suggested. I mean, really the plot was interesting, creative and interesting. However the film ends up feeling somewhat silly, and the finished film lacks somewhat to really make it good. The film is a decent entry in the series, but it never becomes anything better than it is. The ideas were fantastic for this film, however the execution feels a tad poor and it wasn't really a fulfilling experience. Considering the plot direction, the film could have been a lot less silly and considering how the film starts out, it's surprising that the film has more gags going on on-screen. I liked the film, but as much as I'd wanted to. It's too bad because the story had the potential to be excellent, but really it leaves a lot to be desired. The film had plenty of things that could have been improved upon such as the attempt at humor. The film is and entertaining, but it lacks as well. The film had the potential in being something very good, but it's only somewhat decent. The film is decent, and entertaining, but in the end it leaves unsatisfied with the finished film. Considering such a unique plot, this could have been one of the best of the series. Though not perfect, this is still entertaining, but you'll notice that it could have been done much better.
½ August 11, 2011
It was a great premise and was actually promising in the beginning, but it turned into such a bland lightweight melodrama that it was hard to care about what was going on.
July 6, 2011
So basically "The Invisible..." franchise continues, but this time using the ability to turn invisible to aid in the war. A clever adaptation yes, but not such a good one! The series really took a turn from mad horror, to dim horror, to comedy and now to war/action, I seriously think it should have been left with the atmospheric theme from the original... A very average movie to say the least!
½ June 7, 2011
Another follow up to the original Invisible man but what I hate is they keep trying diffrent things like the Invisible Woman and now this one the Invisible man Nazi style! The acting is very good but this film started out a little bit fast paced and I did not like that something that the last 2 films have been missing is the Invisible Man madness I miss that they do not do that anymore. The story for this film was good it did not start out that good but it did work out much more serious film then the last one which was a comedy but not this one I did like this one I just wish they would stick to the formula of the first 2 films I look forward to the final Invisible man film and yes I do suggest this one not half bad!
½ April 16, 2011
The Invisible Man fights the Nazis, mostly with an arsenal of prop gags.
March 6, 2011
With World War II being at its height in 1942, Universal decided to take their "Invisible Man" franchise into a new direction by having their title character becoming a secret agent for the U.S. military. Considering I wasn't keen on the filmmakers comical approach with the last entry "The Invisible Woman" I have to say I was delighted by the new direction by taking the subject matter more seriously and giving it a new espionage twist. I mean who would make a better spy than the invisible man?

After getting threatened by German secret agents the grandson of the Invisible Man allows the U.S. military to use his families secret formula to obtain enemy secrets with one condition, that he must be the secret agent that goes in. So he is parachuted into Berlin where he meets up with an attractive young female secret agent. With her help he must avoid being caught and escape Germany alive with the secrets he needs to aid the allied forces.

Despite the novel idea of having the invisible man as a secret agent the problem I have with this film is it reeks too much of a propaganda film, a problem that plagues man war time films that were produced during the time the war they portray was raging. Is the propaganda element as bad as, let's say, John Wayne's "The Green Berets"? No but it still concentrates too much on "America being great" instead of making a solid, interesting plot and characters.

The plot is incredibly clichà (C) with the only novel element being the addition of an Invisible spy. We get the predictable capture and escape sequences, predicable scenes of the invisible agent toying with Nazis and a predictable love spark between the invisible agent and his female co-spy.

The special effects are the highlight here (much like the other sequels) as they continue to get better and better with each entry. We even get to see the invisible man soup up his legs and arms which was an amazing effect at the time and even to this very day. We do get to see plenty of monofilament wire shop up in the camera as it carries pieces of food and other items but that is easily forgivable.

"Invisible Agent" is better than the last entry as it tones down the slap stick comedy approach and the espionage element is refreshing but the clichà (C) plot and overall propaganda feel hinder this from being as good as the first two entries. For fans this will still provide plenty of invisible entertainment value. Followed by "The Invisible Man's Revenge".

Bonus Rant: The filmmakers conveniently forgot the aspect that in the first two "Invisible Man" films the serum that renders people invisible eventually drives them insane. Also in the first film the invisible man states that after eating food is visible digesting in his stomach whereas here he eats with no worry of being seen. For a Universal sequel these continuity errors are rather small but they still are continuity errors none-the-less.
December 13, 2010
Made in 1942,The Invisible Man's grandson uses his secret formula to spy on Nazi Germany,Third installement in the Invisible Man series (not counting The Invisible Woman as that was unrelated to these films),Its an interesting concept having the Invisible Man as a spy and a change him being a good guy,However i feel that the plot is'nt that well executed and it does drag in places.Hats off to them trying something different but i dont think it pays off,a slightly average Thriller.
½ May 23, 2010
My least favorite of these Invisible man series could see the whole military thing with the Pearl Harbor and World War 2 propaganda was great wasn't it?
½ May 17, 2010
A step further away from the source material, but at least we're back to the Griffen family, this time the grandson of the original invisible man. That in itself is a curious development since the invisible man died at the end of the first film wthout any indication that he had any children. To avoid confusion I just assume that history has become muddled in the following decades and that our hero is actually the grandson of the invisible man's brother from the first sequel. This time there seems to be little concern for the madness caused by the drug, though at least it's mentioned in passing. Also there's no worry about becoming visible again, presumably because the solution was discovered at the end of The Invisible Man Returns. Many of the rules of invisibility established in preceding films are discarded in this one. This time food and drinks swallowed by the invisible man become invisible too, unlike the first film. In the second film we saw how the invisible man could be seen in therain or a smoky room. Not so here.

The story is relatively simple. Axis spies try to get the invisibility formula, and fail. Subsequently, the invisible man offers his services to the United States. He is sent into Germany to discover a plot by the nazis, and by coincidence comes up against the same spies who tried to steal his formula. His invisible state gives him such an edge that his assignment would be simple, but he chooses to abuse his power to amuse himself. Madness or just immaturity, it's for you to decide. Regardless, his hijinks make a simple job difficult, allowing enough time for a feature length picture.

A must for Peter Lorre fans, and Sir Cedric Hardwicke and Ilona Massey are here too. Word has it that the star, Jon Hall, was a big action star of the day, so anyone who has heard of him and enjoys his work might want to give this one a look too, though you won't see much of him.

A piece of pro-America, wartime propaganda, The Invisible Agent has everything you'd expect: a plucky American hero who speaks about freedom whenever he isn't wowing the girl and fooling the enemy, noble allied commanders, evil and bumbling Nazis, and cold, calculating Japanese.

Unlike the third film in the "invisible series," The Invisible Woman, this film is tied to the original, with the grandson of the scientist in the first film acting as keeper of the drug. The serum is supposedly the same, but it no longer causes insanity (you can't have your red, white, and blue champion going nuts when saving the world). Nor does he feel the need to hide for a time after eating to hide undigested, so visible, food.

With an uneasy mix of comedy and espionage, Frank heads to Germany where he should be nearly invulnerable, but instead gives away his location at every opportunity by playing silly pranks. I'm sure his dropping a Nazi's dinner in his lap is supposed to be hilarious, but instead it just makes Frank out to be feebleminded. He puts the girl in danger and risks his mission for a few stunts.

The bumbling Nazi jokes aren't funny, but aren't embarrassing. Bromberg does the silly villain bit well, (he played Don Luis Quintero in The Mark of Zorro) but he feels no more like a German than the very British Hardwicke. Stranger is the casting of Peter Lorre as Baron Ikito. Wearing only small round glasses to imply his Japanese nature, I must assume he comes from the Eastern European part of Japan. As for his character, when did the Japanese have barons as part of their feudal system? I was waiting for the next logical step, when Sultan Hitler would show up.

Although the comedy falls flat, once the film finally becomes a war thriller, it delivers. There's a bit of real tension and some pulp influenced action.

And you have to enjoy any film that has Peter Lorre saying "Occidental decay is nowhere more apparent than in that childish sentimentality of white men for their women." Yup.

However, Invisible Agent is a great addition to the series and genre of horror, despite is not having a real horror storyline. Recommended for every fan of the series. It's unfaithful to the source material, yet it is still able to retrieve itself from the ashes of the file cabinet titled: Flaws.
March 9, 2010
Not bad, but it's not at all related to the rest of the series. Still, neither was The Invisible Woman, and that wasn't bad either. Campy fun for the right audience.
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