Note: This is film #98 of my 365 Film Challenge.
Elisabeth Moss is the lead in this thriller as a woman who is stalked and tormented by her abusive ex who has worked out how to become invisible. It’s a pretty good idea for a movie and the opening sequence where Moss’ Cecilia attempts to escape from their home is a nerve jangling tour de force.
I really dug this movie, which worked really well in having Adrian go after Cecilia in a really devious and horribly manipulative way. Despite the sci-fi aspect it reflects the way abusers try to isolate and gaslight their victims, and Moss does a superb job in capturing the emotional trauma that Cecilia is carrying with her. She’s constantly on edge, even before he shows up, or doesn’t.
The film has a really cool slow burn approach, with small, minor touches building a sense of dread and unease. The whole idea is unsettling, and this film does wring out as much suspense as it can. It builds well, and the showdowns between Cecilia and the invisible enemy have a simple brutality about them.
Moss is a great lead here, and you root for her throughout as she starts to stand up against the unseen, manipulative villain. She has to overcome her fears and issues, and this is an engaging plot to follow. It’s scary, gripping and remarkably well done. One of the best thriller’s I’ve seen in a long while and a good, modern interpretation of the idea. 8/10.
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