Yeah, I know, it was released in 07, but I just watched it, so deal with it. 😉
I haven’t watched a movie in a long time that makes me think about it after I’ve shut the DVD player off. This one actually stuck with me and made me ponder what the filmmakers included in the show; the point of the story. I’ll not spoil the very end, but there will be spoilers in this review.
First, the basic overt plot; guy gets beat and left for dead…his “spirit/soul” is still quite active. He, Nick, can interact with the world around him, but cannot change it. What I mean by this is he is pretty much “invisible” and can, say, hurl a glass against the wall and it shatters, but as soon as he turns back, the glass is hale and whole, and right where it started out. He can shove someone off a roof, but when he turns around, there they are.
The other main player in the movie is Annie, who just happens to be the one who beat Nick so soundly. So, we have Nick, the nice rich boy with the overbearing mother who aspires to be a writer. Nick is played by Justin Chatwin (who, BTW, is playing Goku in the live action movie of Dragonball). Annie is the juvenile delinquent that has the bad home life, attitude and aggression to spare, and the loser/abuser boyfriend Marcus. Annie is played by Margarita Levieva, a relative unknown.
Through an event in the movie, Nick realizes he’s not dead, just unconscious, thus begins his efforts to get rescuers to find his body. He and Annie seem to have a connection, and he uses that connection to try to get help to his helpless physical form. Annie, tough and streetwise, fights against her emotions in order to remain tough and above it all, but of course, in the end, she fails mainly due to the fact that she begins to “see” Nick. She sees him, not physically, but by learning about him from a friend, and also by breaking into his house and scouting out his room. At the same time, Nick begins to “see” Annie; the reasons why she is like she is, but also the hurting human underneath. Eventually, Annie begins to sense Nick is still alive, and with rapidly rising feelings of regret, she starts to frantically find a way to save him.
Browsing different reviews, people don’t seem to grasp the meaning of the title, let alone the meaning the movie is trying to convey. The “Invisible” isn’t so much about Nick, or Annie, but rather about the fact that the people we interact with everyday are, in effect, invisible to us. Their inner lives, even their home lives are a blank spot. The idea here is that there are people we physically see in our day to day lives, that we don’t really see.
Yes, the movie has cliche’s, and teenage angst. But, it also has an interesting point that doesn’t come across to the audience as preaching. Why aim the movie at teens? Because they tend to both feel the most invisible, and to treat others as invisible at the same time. If I’m digging for the sacred in this secular movie, I note the fact that Nick’s spirit/soul maintained his personality, and it obviously hinted at some kind of metaphysical existence beyond the physical. The ideas of forgiveness and reconciliation were well played too.
A lot of reviews didn’t like the acting job by the two leads, but I have to disagree there. Yes, Justin played Nick as being very “internal,” not a lot of emotion whilst in the land of the living, though that changed when outside of his body and fighting for his life. I enjoyed the character of Annie very much, or rather watching her change, and loved the use of the beanie prop, covering up an aspect of her personality at the same time as it covered her physical hair. Which brings me to another aspect of the movie I liked; the soundtrack. Nothing like a bunch of alternative rock songs paired with teenage angst…what can I say? I’m a sucker for noise.
The movie is PG-13, and has violence, and dark themes, such as suicide. This isn’t a movie for everyone, and don’t watch it with high expectations. It isn’t one that I would have went out of my way to watch, but some of the issues it raised interested me. I’ve written many times on here that we should help out our fellow humans when we can, and sometimes that just starts with trying to “see” the other person.