It's About Time For A Great Sci-Fi Film! (by julianhwescott)
I received this film as a gift and really wasn't expecting it to be so great but I was suprised as I began watching it and really got involved. Most science fiction fare of today isn't that good, however while watching, I found myself sitting on the edge of my seat wondering what was going to happen next. I began thinking that it is about time for a good sci-fi film with so much suspense. My heart was racing and my brain was running amok with every frame of this film. I don't know why most people didn't like this movie that much since the acting is good, the script is <more>
brilliant, the special effects are great, film editing is outstanding, and you have to admit that the cinematography is beautiful--look at the vivid colors all throughout the film! The storyline has enough blow-aways and suprises to keep my interest. Who could ask for anything more? An excellent film definitely worth seeing!
Remember 1933? Well, neither do I. (by Jack the Ripper1888)
HOLLOW MAN is one of the better horror films of the past decade. The sub-plot is original and the main plot is even better. The special effects are brilliant and possibly the best I have ever seen in a horror film. Kevin Bacon proves again that he can handle any role that comes his way. Claude Rains shocked the world with THE INVISIBLE MAN in 1933, well now, Kevin Bacon has shocked *us* with HOLLOW MAN. One of the most thrilling horror films ever. The action is intense and the chills are true. You may actually find yourself jumping if you are watching it in the dark on a stormy night. The <more>
supporting cast includes Elizabeth Shue, Josh Brolin, Kim Dickens, Joey Slotnick, Greg Grunberg, and Mary Randle. All of whom do an exceptional job. ---SPOILERS---Dr. Sebastian Caine Kevin Bacon and his team have discovered the secret to making someone invisible. After animal testings, they move on to human testing. But someone has to be the subject. Volenteering, Caine is turned invisible. But when his team is unable to bring back into visibility, Caine is driven mad by his condition as he seeks his revenge...*end spoilers*The film has created memorable shock sequences and is destined to become a classic well into the next century. Becoming the basis for a spoof joke in SCARY MOVIE 2, this film grabs you by the throat and never lets go. The first 45 minutes or so are slow, developing the characters and showing how their experiments work. The second half is exciting and appealing to most action and horror fans. Think of DEEP BLUE SEA. Then change the sharks into an crazy invisible man. And then change the water into fire and explosions. A rehashing of a killer shark movie. Interesting... HOLLOW MAN gets 5/5.
The reason Hollow Man was sunk by some is beyond me! Usually good movies are sunk by the critics and loved by general public, but Hollow Man is different, general public, found it bad or `not SO interesting', and critics found it either good or interesting. If so, now I consider myself a critic. I loved Hollow Man. Although everyone knows the story of the invisible man, it hasn't been done lately, since the 1930's really, and this 2000 remake was great, it has everything nowadays public enjoy in a movie: well known actors, interesting twists, awesome special effects, good action <more>
sequences and decent jump scenes, and this one is over-the-top in each of these categories! Also what makes Hollow Man so sweet is the fact of uniting, a great cast, Kevin Bacon, Elisabeth Shue..., a great composer Jerry Goldsmith, and a one time good director Paul Verhoven. Even being totally different as you are seeing this, you keep associating it with Basic Instinct, atmosphere, actors everything but Hollow Man is a jump forward! It really is. Paul Verhoven does his thing again, action, SFX, beautiful women nudity. Saying yes to a project in which you are out of `sight' during almost all of the movie is a big challenge, halfway through the movie Kevin Bacon turns invisible and so he stays until the end, I mean, he is there, only painted on blue, or green, to be replaced by the special effects, which are great for any reason they were nominated to the Oscar, and unfairly lost it to Gladiator. I don't know why Bottom line, Hollow Man was kind of a breath of fresh air in Hollywood last year, this film can't be praised enough, I can't praise it enough, congratulations to everyone involved. 10 out of 10
"Hollow Man" is about an arrogant but brilliant scientist Kevin Bacon who leads a team of other scientists including former girlfriend Elisabeth Shue and her new flame, Josh Brolin on a quest to develop a serum that can make people invisible. When Bacon becomes invisible, however, chaos ensues.The film was a lot of fun, with excellent special effects and a thrilling ending. The concept that "Do you REALLY think you're along?" works very well here, and is emphasized in many scenes. When he was interviewed, screenwriter Andrew W. Marlowe said that he wanted to go <more>
more for the psychology of it. It just doesn't work as a sci-if/action thriller, it also has some psychological thriller overtones.Even though it gets increasingly bloody as it goes along, "Hollow Man" still manages to deliver the goods. The film also stars Kim Dickens, Greg Grunberg, Joey Slotnick, and Mary Randle as the scientists, and William Devane as their boss. It was directed by Dutch director Paul Verhoeven Total Recall, Robocop .If you like science fiction, action, and even psychological thrillers, "Hollow Man" is for you. It also works well as a 21st-century twist on the H.G. Wells classic "The Invisible Man."
Most people are saying that this movie was total rubbish. It was never made to be like "Under the Tuscan Sun" It's not a little romance movie with amazing dialog or anything. It has a awful script, that's great and all but, this movie was never meant to have a good one. It's not even an original idea, but it's still a great movie. You don't like the gore? Then why are you here complaining about it. The movie was MADE to be gory, it was MADE to be kinda pointless, it was MADE to be the type of horror movie that you watch just to be able to say "eeewww" <more>
to. All in all, I loved it. But, hey, if people are going to be picky about the script, well, they are entitled to their own opinion. :D
I saw HOLLOW MAN on Cinemax a few nights ago and I loved it. I thought that it was Kevin Bacon's best and most entertaining movie. It had cool special effects, it was scary, it was sexy, and Kevin Bacon was great in it. After seeing it on Cinemax, I rented it on DVD. The DVD has a bunch of special features that blew me away. I can't wait to buy it!!!!
Entertaining Verhoeven Film (by Thrashman88)
It seems a lot of IMDB comments on this film are biased, in the sense that they try to compare it to an older version. True, "HOLLOW MAN" is a remake of sorts of "THE INVISIBLE MAN", but that's where the similarities end. "HOLLOW MAN" is an entertaining movie,period. If you watch a movie with the intention of finding as many flaws as possible, then you shouldn't watch movies in the first place. True, some movies are plain horrendous and unbearable, but "HOLLOW MAN" manages to entertain and make you think what YOU would do if you were invisible <more>
and if you had your ex getting laid with one of your friends. Kevin Bacon stars as a eccentric scientist who, along with a team of collaborators, discover the way to make animals invisible. Now his mission is to make them visible again. When this team of young scientists working, as you might guess, for the Pentagon think they have the formula for making animals visible again, Kevin bacon volunteers to be the first to try the new experimental drug. After that, of course, things go wrong, as Kevin Bacon remains invisible for the rest of the movie and is obliged to wear a latex mask, so his collaborators know where he is. Feelings of paranoia and desperation begin to take over Kevin's character, and when he finds out that his ex girlfriend AND collaborator Elisabeth Shue is having a torrid affair with another of the young scientists in the team, he finally snaps. The movie then turns into a hybrid of "ALIEN" and a slasher flick, but that's not saying it's a bad turn. There are scares and chills and the movie moves at a nice pace. The special effects are top notch a quality always prevalent in ALL of Paul Verhoeven's films as we get to see some "body reconstitution" sequences never seen on a movie before. If there's anything to complain about, perhaps, is the predictability of the situations herein; by the first hour of the movie you KNOW Kevin bacon will make the jump from being weird and eccentric to being a homicidal lunatic in the end. And the ending is a bit abrupt, but despite this, HOLLOW MAN is still worth watching. If you want to know what a TRULY bad movie is, then waste your money on "FEAR DOT COM" With Stephen Dorf or the even worse THE UNTOLD or "Sasquatsh", with Land Henriksen . Now THAT is "hollow"! 8* out of 10*!
Fast-paced and occasionally exciting, but ultimately disappointing. (by Li-1)
** out of ****I've seen Hollow Man twice now, the first time in theaters, where I had the distinct impression that I'd seen a fast-paced thriller that was nonetheless entirely disposable and unfulfilling. Seeing the film again, I had the exact same feeling. Hollow Man is a film of great potential, packed with terrific special effects and a surprisingly engaging cast the exceptions being Josh Brolin and Elisabeth Shue . So when the movie goes to cliche hell in its final 1/3, you'll be very disappointed even though the action is still entertaining.Kevin Bacon stars as Sebastian <more>
Caine, a scientist working with a diverse crew in an underground laboratory on a military project. The goal: to achieve the power of invisibility, as well as the ability to return to a visible state. Caine, being the egotistical hothead that he is, performs the procedure on himself, but finds he is unable to return to his human state. With Caine growing further and further mad, the rest of the crew try to find a way to revert him back to his normal state, not knowing Caine is beginning to prefer his invisibility and will do anything to keep it.The first half-hour of Hollow Man is the best, when we're introduced to these wow-inducing, eye-popping visual effects. This is also the point where the story holds the most potential, before devolving into B-grade land. Now, most people seem to agree that the film would have worked a lot better if it had focused on Bacon brandishing his invisibility on the outside world, and there is a ten-minute segment where he does do this, but it's also arguably the film's worst part.The reason? That's easy, it's because he rapes Rhona Mitra. Apparently, director Paul Verhoeven seemed very satisfied with just presenting this rape, as if though to make a statement about man's human nature and what we'd do if we didn't have to face up to the consequences. That's fine and all, I'm for a little depth here and there, but it disturbs me that he doesn't address Mitra's character further. Here's a woman who's been raped by an invisible man, and we're simply supposed to accept this scene and not wonder about the effect this will have on her psychological state think about it this way, unless the military goes public with all the invisibility stuff, there's no way she wouldn't know if she'd be attacked again . This is where the movie truly goes awry.The last half-hour is essentially Caine going around, knocking off all the lab workers, and while it's uninspired material, it's still rather exciting to watch, if only because Verhoeven is a skilled action director who really knows how to make us squirm and cringe at the sight of blood and guts. But by the time it's all over, though I found myself mildly entertained, there was still a bad taste in my mouth from the filmmakers' poor decision-making and routine route they chose for the film.
It's good, it just isn't scary (by Shecky J. O'Pootertoot)
Hollow Man is a ride, baby. It isn't scary as the ads would have you believe, but I'll be dammed if it isn't one of the most entertaining horror flicks I've seen in a while. In this age of computer generated, digital effects I have a hard time telling good special effects from bad they all start to look the same after a while , but this one has a few of the most impressive sequences I've ever seen on film. I assume this is one of the most special effect-intensive movies ever attempted aside form the latest Star Wars , and they do dazzle, so it's a shame the story <more>
doesn't quite measure up. It starts to get a little tired in the third act, but what the hell, I was entertained.Aside form Kevin Bacon, there were no real stand-out performances in Hollow Man. The invisibility serum seems to bring on severe emotional instability in animals, so Bacon's character decides to try it out on himself. Problem is, Kevin is already nuttier than squirrel turds so this is not the smartest of decisions, but he runs the project, so he calls the shots. Mayhem ensues. This is a really clever idea for a horror film, and the smart ways the scientists think of to detect Bacon in his invisible form never ceases to impress. It's nice to see technology has finally made it so that they can do just about anything you can think of in film.Paul Verhoeven is what makes this movie most attractive for me. I really love his go-for-broke, over the top directing style, and it's put to good use in this one especially. He took a step in the right direction by distancing himself from hack-supreme Joe Esterhaus in the entertaining but flawed Starship Troopers, and now he's back on his feet again. I can just picture him screaming like a madman on set, frothing at the mouth for "more blood, MORE BLOOD!". He doesn't shy away from gore, violence, sex, or anything. He just jumps right in. I like that. This movie is worth about an 8/10 stars. Worth the price of admission for the effects alone. G'night!