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Hollow Man (2000)

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When the leader of a team of scientists volunteers to be the test subject for their experiment in human invisibility, he slowly unravels and turns against them, with horrific consequences.

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Paul Verhoeven

Writers:

Gary Scott Thompson (story), Andrew W. Marlowe (story) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Elisabeth Shue ... Linda McKay
Kevin Bacon ... Sebastian Caine
Josh Brolin ... Matthew Kensington
Kim Dickens ... Sarah Kennedy
Greg Grunberg ... Carter Abbey
Joey Slotnick ... Frank Chase
Mary Randle ... Janice Walton
William Devane ... Dr. Kramer
Rhona Mitra ... Sebastian's Neighbor
Pablo Espinosa ... Warehouse Guard
Margot Rose ... Mrs. Kramer
Jimmie F. Skaggs ... Wino
Jeffrey Scaperrotta ... Boy in Car (as Jeffrey George Scaperotta)
Sarah Bowles Sarah Bowles ... Girl in Car
Kelli Scott Kelli Scott ... Mom
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Storyline

Having discovered they could turn animals invisible, a group of scientists test the subject on a human. Head of research, Dr. Sebastian Caine decides to use himself as the subject. After the experiment can't be reversed, it takes a toll on Caine's personality, causing him to hunt down and kill his colleagues

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Think You're Alone? Think Again. See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong violence, language and some sexuality/nudity | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA | Germany

Language:

English

Release Date:

4 August 2000 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

El hombre sin sombra See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$95,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$26,414,386, 6 August 2000, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$73,209,340, 19 November 2000

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$118,000,000
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| (director's cut)

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SDDS (8 channels)| Dolby | DTS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

In order to use the title, producers bought the rights to Dan Simmons' novel "Hollow Man". The novel has nothing to do with invisible men. See more »

Goofs

Numerous problems inherent to the "invisible man" premise are completely ignored. Some examples: Since light passes through the retina Sebastian would be blind. The soles of his feet would be visible from the dirt picked up by walking barefoot. The food he eats becomes immediately invisible. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Sebastian: [another failed molecule design] Damn it!
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Alternate Versions

The F-Words have been removed from Malaysian VCD version. See more »

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Referenced in Tripping the Rift: Hollow Chode (2007) See more »

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Hollow plot and characters but visually fantastic
14 November 2003 | by bob the mooSee all my reviews

Sebastian Caine and his team have worked tirelessly to develop a formula that can not only turn animals invisible but also bring them back to normal at will. With Governmental pressure on them to show results, Sebastian decides he will be the first human to try the formula. He becomes invisible for a short time, however efforts to bring him back fail and he finds himself stuck. As work continues on the formula, the others in the lab begin to notice him becoming increasingly unhinged.

From director Verhoven the norm is to expect great special effects and violence. He has also been known to integrate themes and good stories into these mainly effects driven films. On this occasion however he fails to really do that and is left with a fast paced and enjoyable film that makes up in effects what it lacks in substance. The plot is pretty basic and never goes deeper – Sebastian's descent into madness is not really a descent so much as a short trip that is not really built to so much as just delivered. In it's placed though, the effects are really impressive and make the film worth seeing simply because, not only are they great, but they are also used very well in the action rather than just being the film in themselves.

The cast is OK but don't really have much to work with in terms of material. Bacon is much more interesting when not on screen than when he is. His character is too thin and he fails to portray any sort of `descent' in his character's behaviour. Shue is pretty good and seems to enjoy running round with a flamethrower. The rest of the cast are OK but basically just act as fodder in the way that a normal slasher movie will have actors to be disposed of as the film rolls.

Overall I really enjoyed this film as it is a very expensive special effects movie which relies on spectacle to keep things moving. The effects are great and take the mind away from the lack of real substance and the action at the end is very enjoyable. A really good special effects movie as long as you don't expect anything more.


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