Rated PG-13; Directed by David S. Goyer; Starring Justin Chatwin, Margarita Levieva, Marcia Gay Harden, Chris Marquette, Alex O’Loughlin
The Invisible has an interesting concept behind it, but gee whiz, what a dour, silly, uninteresting movie it turns out to be. I give it extra points for going beyond the usual scare-fest and attempting something a bit more serious than the usual teen fare, but the plot needs more than good intentions to succeed.
Nick Powell (Justin Chatwin) is a popular guy in high school who wants to burst out of his mother’s stultifying plans for him. Along the way he rouses the wrath of the high school bad girl, Annie Newton (Margarita Levieva). She’s a tough girl and she’s got a grudge against Nick. By the time the movie sets this all up in ridiculous detail, it’s time to have Nick beaten and hidden away in the local forest. Nick begins to haunt his friends and enemies, and soon realizes t hat he’s alive, but not for long unless he can get someone to find him. See? There’s a good idea there, unfortunately, it just is boring as all get up.
Chatwin is rather blah as the protagonist. Levieva tries hard to play the tough girl, but fails miserably. Only Marcia Gay Harden as Nick’s mom manages to shine in a scene or two. Going for gloomy and “deep” the movie sustains the gloomy mood, but its attempts at deep are laughable (Nick is a poet, Annie is misunderstood).
The Invisible has a neat concept, but, man, sitting through it, is not an entertaining experience.