As anyone who has seen the trailer for this movie knows,
Hollowman is a remake of the classic film, The
Invisible Man. Although updated to the present day, the plot is not
much changed. This is one of the classics of the Mad Scientist genre.
In both versions, a brilliant but overbearing scientist, played by the
incomparable Claude Rains in 1933 and by Kevin Bacon in 2000, is injected
with a serum that turns him invisible. The only catch, of course,
is that the serum to reverse the process doesn't work. Both in 1933
and 2000, there is a slight side effect to the serum that the invisible
man slowly goes insane and ends up trying to murder everyone. The
new version is honest enough to show Bacon doing what any boy would do
as soon as he becomes invisible which is to start spying on naked women.
Other than this, being invisible seems to be nothing but sitting around
waiting to go insane. Kevin Bacon is no Claude Rains but he is a very good
actor and he joins a nice cast in what is one of the better remakes.
Also, seen here is Elizabeth Shue, Josh Brolin and Kim Dickens as other
members of the scientific team. In addition, Shue is the ex-girlfriend
of Bacon and present girlfriend of Brolin just to stir up the mix a bit.
Shue, as always, is excellent and Dickens, a bit of a newcomer, shows she
can act with the big guys playing the member of the team who most dislikes
Bacon. This film starts off well and builds nicely for about two thirds
of its length before it falls victim to one of the most common problems
of film plots. This problem is that characters in movies have apparently
never seen a movie. This is the only explanation for the fact that when
put in the situation when you are trapped with a bunch of people being
hunted by an insane murderer, you immediately split up so the murderer
can pick you off one by one. The characters in Hollowman are
scientists who apparently spend most of their time working in their subterranean
lab but surely they would have seen Alien
or some other scream flick. No, they haven't and you can guess
the consequences. Otherwise, the strong cast and, needless to say, the
great special effects make this a very watchable film. I just wish the
idea behind Last Action Hero
would be used more and some character would say, "I know what he's
going to do next. This is just what Kevin Bacon did in Hollowman."