a top secret military lab, a group of brilliant young scientists
have just unlocked the secret of invisibility. In ``Hollow
Man,'' the provocative new suspense thriller from the mind
of controversial director Paul Verhoeven , the team's arrogant
leader, Sebastian Caine (Kevin Bacon), ignores the risks
and decides to test the dangerous procedure on himself --
only to discover his fellow scientists are unable to reverse
the effect. Working around the clock, Caine's colleagues
struggle to devise an antidote. But Sebastian's intoxication
with his new-found power is growing, and he's come to believe
his colleagues may be a threat to his very existence. (
Columbia Pictures official press release excerpt.
off, let me express my concern for Paul Verhoeven's credibility
as a talented director of sci-fi schmaltz (ever see Robocop?
Total Recall? Starship Troopers?). After being subjected
to "Showgirls" (also directed by Verhoeven), I thought he
had purged the 'bad movie blood' from his system. But, it
seems the infection is getting worse and Hollow Man is definitely
Bacon turns in an over-the-top role as Sebastian Caine,
the genius military researcher who is the first human being
to turn invisible. After his banal and cliché benefit-the-human-race
speech, the movie swiftly degenerates into a fourth rate
voyeur/monster flick. Elizabeth Shue and Josh Brolin are
the players pitted against Caine, whose God complex drives
him just a little over the edge!!
This sad excuse for a movie is almost saved by the special
effects (which are some of the best I've ever seen), but
the poor plot and virtually non-existent characters sink
this film into the muck. Good to see Verhoeven's 'video
screen fetish' hasn't disappeared with time though!
verdict: Somebody would have to pay me to see Hollow Man
Reviewed by Neil Kipling