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Hollow Man [Blu-ray]  [US Import]
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In Paul Verhoeven's Hollow Man, Kevin Bacon plays a bad boy egotistical scientist who heads up a double-secret government team experimenting with turning life forms invisible. How do we know he's a bad boy? Because he (a) wears a leather overcoat, (b) compares himself to God, (c) drives a sports car, and (d) spies on his comely next door neighbour while eating Twinkies. Sadly, this is the most character development anyone gets in this slightly undernourished action/sci-fi thriller, which does boast some amazing special effects along with some amazingly ridiculous plot twists. After experimenting rather ruthlessly on a menagerie of lab animals, Bacon finally cracks the code that will turn the invisible gorillas, dogs and so on, back into their visible forms. Does it work on humans? Faster than you can say "six degrees," Mr Bacon appoints himself human guinea pig, strapping down for an injection of fluorescent-colored serum.Thanks to some phenomenal, seamless and Oscar-worthy computer effects, Bacon is indeed rendered invisible, organ by organ, vein by vein. And what's the first thing you'd do if you were invisible? Why, spy on your female co-workers in the bathroom and molest your comely next-door neighbour, of course! Soon, Bacon is thoroughly psychotic, and it's up to Elisabeth Shue (Bacon's co-worker and ex-girlfriend) and hunky Josh Brolin (her current snuggle bunny) to defeat the invisible man, who's picking off the science team one by one. You'd think this would be a prime opportunity for copious amounts of cheesy sex and aggressive violence--which Verhoeven served up so well and so exuberantly in Starship Troopers and Basic Instinct--but if anything, the director seems to tone down the proceedings, and really, who wants a muted Paul Verhoeven movie? Shue (who got top billing and a bad haircut to boot) and Brolin (who, yes, does take off his shirt at least once) generate little heat, and while Bacon does give an effective, primarily voice-oriented performance, his character is so underdeveloped that, well, you can see right through him. --Mark Englehart--This text refers to the DVD edition.
A team of scientists is assigned to a secret government research project to experiment with the possibility of invisibility. When they find that one of their formulas works on animals, Dr. Sebastian Caine (Kevin Bacon) violates the rules of the project and tries it on himself. It works: he becomes invisible, but soon after that the team find that the formula is irreversible. He suspects his colleagues, Linda McCay (Elisabeth Shue) and Matt Kensington (Josh Brolin) of sabotaging him: making him invisible forever, and he decides to seek revenge on them. From the director of Basic Instinct and Total Recall, Paul Verhoeven, comes this suspense-filled thriller, full of special effects and technical tricks. --This text refers to the DVD edition.
Top Customer Reviews
Run time: 107:58 mins. PAL | Production: 2000
A BIT HOLLOW ON THE INSIDE.
Paul Verhoeven's golden years are over. They ended with his last great movie TOTAL RECALL (1990), after that came terrible films (SHOWGIRLS, STARSHIP TROOPERS) and mediocrity (HOLLOW MAN), which is a pity, since HOLLOW MAN had potential. Massive potential.
Unfortunately after a strong first half, where a lot of tension is built up, the second half falls flat on its belly and succumbs to being an average slasher film at best with cliches galore. None of the predictable horror film cliches were left out and logic was shoved aside - something very unexpected from Verhoeven.
The characters are stereoptypical, especially Kevin Bacon's character of Sebastian Caine, a genius scientists, but self-absorbed with a God complex. Kim Dickens as the animal lover vet. Elisabeth Shue and Josh Brolin as Bacon's partners in crime till their little secret is revealed...
The characters are not deep at all and just fill in as the stereotypes with names, acting accordingly. HOLLOW MAN is your typical "Mad Scientist" film (like RE-ANIMATOR), it plays out the same, the same things happen and there's nothing new and definitely no surprises. The entire finale is a standard horror film ending that could have been the ending for any of the FRIDAY THE 13TH films with an invisible super Jason.
Logic comes in short supply as well, especially Bacon's character - being invisible he could do literally anything, but that potential is not used. His descent into madness is handled badly, more lost potential, as the film drifts off to be a slasher rather than adding depth to the characters and a better story.Read more ›
THIS MOVIE IS EXCELLENT.! GREAT STORY AND PLENTY OF GREAT EXTRA'S.!
One good example: "Hollow Man," the loosest possible adaptation of H.G. Wells' classic novel "The Invisible Man"... except that instead of one stupid scientist, we have a whole cast of them. Gratuitous animal-abuse, rape, some great special effects and a despicable cast of annoying characters... well, it's easy to see why Paul Verhoeven hasn't made an American movie since, even if it was very profitable.
A bunch of scientists are working on an invisibility formula for the military, led by the arrogant Sebastian Caine (Kevin Bacon). When they successfully return a gorilla to visibility (almost killing it in the process), Sebastian decides that it's time for human trials -- and secretly has the team inject HIM with the serum. All seems to be going well... until the reversion therapy fails. Sebastian is stuck until his team finds a cure.
And unfortunately, the serum seems to be making him cruel, violent and psychotic -- he uses his invisibility to spy on his increasingly paranoid team, including his ex-girlfriend Linda (Elisabeth Shue) and her new boyfriend. And to stop the team from warning the military about the danger he poses, he's willing to trap and kill them one by one...
"The Hollow Man" is the loosest possible interpretation of "The Invisible Man" -- the only thing that connects them is an invisibility serum that makes you crazy and evil. But while there was only ONE scientist doing stupid things in H.G. Wells' story, this movie has SEVERAL scientists doing stupid things. A lot of stupid things.Read more ›
This movie has the best visual effects I've ever seen. Even the exhilarating "Walking with Dinosaurs" is visibly inferior. From the negative side, the characters make a couple really stupid things, but I guess they were necessary, otherwise the plot would have been too straightforward to be exciting.
The ending, though, could have hardly been less believable. Both sides were doing things that were screamingly impossible. On some moments that apparently were supposed to be the most dramatical, I couldn't help laughing.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Great film! I have pretty high standards for movies and was impressed with what I saw. I highly recommend giving this film a go if you have not yet seen it yourself!Published 6 months ago by Pen Name
The wrong dvd was in the case for hollow man so very disappointed.Published 16 months ago by Amazon Customer