Review #453 of 365
Movie Review of The Invisible (2007) [PG-13] 97 minutes
WIP™ Scale: $11.50
Where Viewed: United Artists Denver Pavilions Stadium 15, Denver, CO
When 1st Seen: 27 April 2007
Time: 8:20 p.m.
Film's Official Website • Film's Trailer
DVD Release Date: 16 October 2007
Directed by: David S. Goyer (Blade: Trinity)
Screenplay by: Mick Davis (Wake of Death) and Christine Roum (Bodyguard II) based on the book Den Osynlige by Mats Wahl
Featured Cast (Where You Might Remember Him/Her From):
Justin Chatwin (War of the Worlds) • Margarita Levieva ("Vanished") • Marcia Gay Harden (The Hoax) • Chris Marquette (Alpha Dog) • Alex O'Loughlin (The Holiday) • Callum Keith Rennie (Code Name: The Cleaner)
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"… an incongruous film with standout performances by the young leads …"
So, if you can get beyond those two things, and convince yourself to plop down $8-10 buckaroos, you're probably a Justin Chatwin fan—you know, Justin Chatwin? Yeah, you know, the brother from War of the Worlds. Yeah, that kid. Well, he's older now. Of course, and moodier. He's got gallons of that teen angst thing going. Don't smile at him, don't frown, don't be nice, don't be mean, don't talk to him really, unless you're one of his close dorky friends, that kind of teen angst. Oh yeah. And, that's what this movie is all about really. A whole lot of idiotic teen angst. Let's recap, not like it's that necessary, but there might be a few people who didn't see the preview. Ok, so, Nick Powell's (Justin Chatwin) father died when he was little. And his mom, Diane (Marcia Gay Harden) tells him "Nothing about your life is going to change because of this." Huh? His dad died. What about his life is going to be the same? Especially with a wallowing, blubbery walrus of a mother who can barely glance at her son over the morning paper to give him the time of day and possibly discuss a summer writing course in London he's dying to take. Little does he know that his plan to flee to London on his own just before his high school graduation will be sabotaged by his gutless, "with a best friend like this who needs enemies" buddy Pete (Chris Marquette) who tells the drug dealer, troubled girl of the school, Annie Newton (Margarita Levieva) that it's Nick who narced on her about the stolen jewelry in her locker getting her sent to juvy and mysteriously released in no time thinking that he's going to be on a plane to London and she won't be able to retaliate against him. Yes, you read that correctly. Nick's supposed best friend, turns him over to Annie as the narc to save his own walloping at the hands of her henchmen—actually it was her own supposed boyfriend, Marcus (Alex O'Loughlin) that narced on her because he was sick of her antics and constant grandstanding that was putting his parole at risk. Anyway, when Annie finds out that Nick narced on her, she somehow finds him wandering home from a party he's gone to to relieve his angst over a fight he had with his mother about going to London without her knowledge, and she and her henchmen kill him or so they think. Then they hide the body. Nick wakes up the next day and goes to school where he discovers he's either just plain invisible or a ghost. Unlike in the preview where a scary man in the hospital tells him that if he can solve the mystery of his own murder before it's too late, he'll get to live again, he has to figure this out for himself in this film. That scary man scene apparently got cut from the final edit. Anyway, so if you haven't seen enough teen angst to last you a lifetime up to this point, be prepared for what's to come because now that Nick is ghost-like, he can let out his angst at every street corner. And, while it will seem totally odd to most sane people, Annie and Pete will continue to feel the screen with their own angst, not the guilt one might expect. Annie will take us now on a journey to see why she's so tough and hardened. Her remarried father has filled her life with reasons for angst well, well beyond those of an average teen. As for Pete? Well, we'll never know all the sources of his angst or how he lives with himself knowing full well that he's directly responsible for the 'death' of his 'best' friend. Ironically, while the film does allow for reconciliation between Nick and Annie, Pete just never really gets dealt with. His guilt does finally get the better of him, as it should, but not until way, way past the point of normalcy. This kid is just a complete numnutz, and I mean that in the nicest possible way.
Now all of that may sound harsh and tend to make one think that The Invisible isn't a good film. Well, that's not entirely true. It's actually not that bad at all. While it suffers from some hard to comprehend character behavior and some horrendous over-acting, it has some merits. Justin Chatwin shows promise as a young actor. He's got some of the most emotion-filled eyes set in the most emotionless face I've ever seen. This is the ideal combination for an actor playing characters filled with rage, anger, or unbelievable grief—all of which bubble within Nick Powell's psyche. Likewise, Margarita Levieva showed herself to be a dynamic, physical, multi-dimensional actress. The moment she finally removes her stocking cap to let out that gorgeous mane of curly locks, was nearly breathtaking. She endowed her character fully with the capacity for growth, eventual regret, and the will do change. If one distills the film down to an examination of just these two characters and their interactions, which is the essence of the film and the way it ends, the result is pretty compelling and interesting. As for the rest of the film? Well, it's well-filmed and directed. The writing is uneven as is the character development. The scenery is beautiful and yet ominous. In the end, it's an incongruous film with standout performances by the young leads. The best and the worst blended together like expensive coffee swirled with artificial, gelatinous whipped crème.
Justin Chatwin as Nick Powell
Margarita Levieva as Annie Newton
Ryan Kennedy as Matty
Justin Chatwin as Nick Powell
Nick Powell tries to communicate with Annie
Marcia Gay Harden as Nick's Mom, Diane
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Other Projects Featuring The Invisible (2007)
Justin Chatwin • Margarita Levieva • Marcia Gay Harden
Chris Marquette • Alex O'Loughlin • Callum Keith Keith
David S. Goyer
Mick Davis • Christine Roum
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