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The Invisible

April 12, 2010

The Invisible

The Invisible

Not a film that a ton of people heard of, but this was a surprisingly good film.  It comes across as a little pretentious, but it is a fun story and surprisingly well acted.  Probably a film that I’ll like better then most people, but I know of a number of people who like it at as well.

The story is about Nick Powell, Justin Chatwin, a graduating student from high school and he has a good life, even if he doesn’t like everything about it.  Things go wrong with a friend of his gets into trouble and he tries to help by going up against Annie Newton, Margarita Levieva.  He ends up getting beaten and tossed down into a storm drain when Annie and her gang believe that he is dead.  Nick isn’t dead and ends up in a state of flux, basically as a ghost hanging in between life and death.  Annie, who is used to trouble, doesn’t know what to do and Nick can almost contact her at times until she realizes that he is alive.  Then it becomes a race against time to save him.  The story comes off as a bit pretentious, but it is a well created story.  And the film has a message that it wants to get across and that works with how the story is told.

Justin Chatwin does a solid job in this film.  He plays a fairly pretentious character who believes that he knows it all, at the beginning of the film, but he comes down to earth throughout the film.  Margarita Levieva is the start of this film.  It isn’t the best performance I’ve seen of hers, but she is a solid up and coming actress and this film is a good starting point.  She was previously on the TV show Vanished, which lasted for half a season, and then the film Noise in which she was very good.  The cast is generally unknowns, but they do a solid job in this film.  There aren’t many bad acting performances but none of them of all that memorable.

Visually this is a pretty good film.  They do a good job of keeping Chatwin separate from Levieva in the world of the living and the dead and how Chatwin tries to interact with her juxtaposed to her not being able to see him.  It is shot in a straight forward style and it works.  David S. Goyer, writer on such films at The Dark Knight, Batman Begins, and The Dark City (which I’ve previously reviewed) and the TV show FlashForward, does a good job directing this film and making it engaging.

This isn’t a film that everyone will enjoy simply because it is somewhat pretentious.  Also, don’t let my use of the word ‘pretentious’ scare you away if you are interested.  It is a much better story then the critics would make it out to be, mainly because they want to be the ones judging as compared to being judged by a film.

Entertainment Grade: B+

Critical Grade: C+

Overall Grade: B

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