Capone Checks Out HOLLOW MAN
El Cosmico here, our pal Capone send yet another review...this time for Hollow Man. Read and talkback!
Hey Harry, Capone in Chicago here with a look at Paul Verhoeven, HOLLOW MAN.
In my estimation, there has never really been a film that explores the limitless possibilities of being invisible. HOLLOW MAN comes closer than most, but still doesn't quite cut it. Instead, what HOLLOW MAN gives us is some of the greatest and most mind-blowing special effects I've ever seen wrapped around some very unlikable characters.
Kevin Bacon stars as Sebastian Caine, a self-professed genius who, along with a team of scientists working for the government, have successfully invented a formula that renders living cells invisible. Up to the point where we join the story, they‚ve only tested the serum on animals (there is an opening sequence of a gorilla being made visible again that defies description; it's incredible, to say the least. And when things are made visible or invisible, they don‚t just disappear; they kind of peel away visually. First the skin disappears leaving a visible muscle structure, giving way to internal organs and bones and circulatory system. It's an amazing feat that has made me crave to watch a "Making Of..." special.
Sebastian decides that before he makes the team's success known to the government, he will test the process on himself. The other team members (including Sebastian's ex-girlfriend played by Elisabeth Shue, and her new boyfriend, Josh Brolin) reluctantly go along with his plan. Much like the gorilla scene, Bacon's transformation sequence is amazing. The process is very painful, so we're not just looking at a still figure becoming see-through; we see a twitching, screaming, convulsing man on a gurney trying to break the restraints that hold him down.
After three days of Sebastian being invisible, the team tries unsuccessfully to bring him back. Since Bacon's character is such a jerk to begin with, it's hard to tell what makes him do the horrible things that he does at this point. Has being rendered unaccountable for his actions given him a twisted power trip? Or are the drugs that make him invisible somehow affecting his mind? We never really find out. At least if we knew it was the drugs, we could feel some sympathy for the guy. But as it is, HOLLOW MAN has no one we can root for or identify with. Shue's and Brolin's characters are so stupid for even going through with the experiment that it's tough feeling sorry for them.
And Bacon's behavior while invisible in public is deplorable enough that it may turn you off to the film entirely. We expect a degree of Peeping Tom-ism, but he goes way beyond that here. Since most of the film takes place in an underground lab, the film feels unnecessarily claustrophobic and more than a little, dare I say, boring.
There's a spectacular, explosion-filled ending to round out HOLLOW MAN. That was neat. But the whole experience of watching HOLLOW MAN is a bit empty (I couldn't resist). I enjoyed what I was watching as I was watching it, but I was in no way inspired to think too much about it afterwards. The special effects are phenomenal (and not just the disappearing stuff), but none of the performances are particularly good (most are cardboard cut out expendable characters, waiting to die). I expected more from director Paul Verhoeven, who is one of the great sci-fi directors working today. If you put a gun to my head, I'd say I'm recommending HOLLOW MAN, but ultimately I have no feelings about it one way or the other. Sorry.
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Aug. 2, 2000, 1:20 a.m. CST
Aug. 2, 2000, 1:23 a.m. CST
I didnt hear from this review if this is definitive Verhoeven sci-fi. Is the sarcasm present? The snide look at futuristic values? The intermediate infomercials mocking consumerism and entertainment? It was the "Do You Want To Know More?" segments of STARSHIP TROOPERS that made it into the great film it was. When I saw the trailers, I was expecting a dumb ALIENS ripoff. But then I got so much more. Likewise, HOLLOW MAN has horrible trailers, but Im hoping Verhoeven's dark touch will lift this B-movie plot into what he always delivers (when doing sci-fi): biting social commentary. Anyone else think Verhoeven makes the most badass sci-fi films?
Aug. 2, 2000, 1:31 a.m. CST
by Lazarus Long
The probelm with Verhoeven is that he tends to not make his characters sympathetic in the least. As Capone pointed out, if Bacon is an asshole to begin with, then where's the feeling? Here's the answer: there is none. Because as we all know, in the post-Freddy Krueger world of horror, you need to have a villain people can root for. The only villans that you can root against are monsters or aliens. So Bacon becomes another in a long line of wise-cracking, creative-death inducing maniacs, a lame club which Hopkins' Hannibal Lector happens to be a member of. When does it end? I'd rather see Memoirs of an Invisible Man again. You'd think that someone with Verhoeven's clout could call up a scipt that had some semblence of theme. How about showing a guy actually wrestling with the idea of being invisible. Maybe he turns bad eventually, but can't he struggle and go back and forth a bit? Where's the tension? Might as well go rent Wait Until Dark, a much better film where the killer can't be "seen". As with many films, you can just watch the original and see clearly where the update went wrong.
Aug. 2, 2000, 1:39 a.m. CST
by Lord Bullingdon
Maybe then he/she will turn invisible and dear Ms. Shue, sister of "activist" Andrew and star of the recent gripping films "Palmetto," "Molly," and "The Saint," will stumble into some good roles again. Perhaps they can build her one award winning role into a franchise, e.g. "Leaving Las Vegas 2: Double Down."
Aug. 2, 2000, 1:39 a.m. CST
I agree that Verhoeven in his past few films, has not made his characters very sympathetic. I didn't really care for Rico(?) in "Starship Troopers" or anyone from "Basic Instinct" or "Showgirls", but are we forgetting "Robocop"? He is a character I have a ton of sympathy for, and he's a freaking robot! In some of that film's scenes you really do feel for Alex Murphy trapped inside of a robotic shell, trying to be the human he once was. It's a truly sad film. And Douglas Quaid in "Total Recall" was a character I kinda' cared for too. So the question I'm asking is: "has Verhoeven forgotten how to make sympathetic characters?" I guess we shall all see.
Aug. 2, 2000, 1:47 a.m. CST
by Bari Umenema
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Aug. 2, 2000, 2:16 a.m. CST
by Cereal Killer
If a man were really able to take a secret formula and become invisible he wouldn't be able to run around doing any peeping tommery. Why? Because he'd be blind. The ability to see requires that you have visible eyeballs. Human vision works like this; images pass thru the pupil and are projected onto the back of the eyeball where they are read as electrical impulses by the brain. With invisible eyeballs there is no area for the image to be projected onto. It would be like trying to watch a drive-in movie without the screen; the image would still be projected but you can't see it until it lands on an object. So when you see "Hollow Man" remember invisble eyeballs equals blindness.
Aug. 2, 2000, 2:58 a.m. CST
Why are people expecting to care for characters in Hollow Man? Very rarely will Verhoeven allow his viewers to care for characters (although he has done it before). Instead Verhoeven opts to sarcastically mock some of societies problems or exploit the human psyche. In the mix he always adds either extravagant sex or effects. This is what he does...and he's great at it. It is clear that here he is trying to show that invisibility is all this character needed to release what he trully was. Maybe Verhoeven is trying to shove the fact that we would take such, or worse, actions if we felt the power of invisibility. Hell i know i'd be "out on the town" if i had said abilities. I'd go nuts in minutes just thinking of what i could do. Point is Verhoeven is garnishing some social commentary with tons of effects and giving us a pretty puzzle to solve. After a few viewings of any of Verhoeven's movies can one trully appreciate their genius.....even Showgirls. Verhoeven is a guilty pleasure, enjoy it while you can.
Aug. 2, 2000, 3:17 a.m. CST
That's all I really wanted to say.
Aug. 2, 2000, 3:46 a.m. CST
Come On!!!!!!!!!! this is a popcorn movie you go to the movies on saturday buy a bucket of over priced stale popcorn a 3.50 pepsi sit back and watch hollywood entertain us, i am not and will not expect anyhting but a few scares, some bitchin special effects, and of course kevin bacon. Nothing more. Plain as that.
Aug. 2, 2000, 4:05 a.m. CST
The thing that makes really good sci-fi or even horror films work, is believable characters. The situations can be larger than life, but as long as we can identify with the people in the movie, it will always strike a chord with the audience. Think about 'Aliens' for example. You saw these people on screen acting the way any normal person would if they were trapped with the alien--"That's it man! Game over, man! Game over!"--I mean, c'mon! It just works that way! Besides, if anything, this movie will have some groundbreaking special FX (anyone seen the TV commercial that shows Sebastian reaching for a metal pipe while the sprinklers rain down on him--SWEET JESUS, THAT'S FUCKING COOOOOOOOOLLLLL!!!!!!!)
Aug. 2, 2000, 4:05 a.m. CST
That is Verhoeven.He explores the darkside of Human Nature in his films.
Aug. 2, 2000, 4:12 a.m. CST
I *guarantee* you a critic who found the movie boring will use this subject line as the header of his review...
Aug. 2, 2000, 4:22 a.m. CST
I have to agree with you on that. 'My Dinner with Andre' is a great film, but its not the same thing. These movies don't change lives, they are made for pure escapism--it's entertaining the id (Oh my god,...I've made reference to Freud). Anyway, certain movies are made for very different reasons. The average studio film for example, is made for profit and it is made from the wallets of studio execs. The average art house or independant film is made from the heart and sometimes the studios will release these little movies because it will garner them Oscars or give them a dignified title in their vast libraries of cinematic fodder. 'Nuff said!
Aug. 2, 2000, 4:35 a.m. CST
If you didn't like this, you're not going to like our NYPD Shue sketch...it's pretty much the same thing. (I know how to spell shoe, I'm just using the actresses name) Despite the fact I haven't seen this movie, I have a feeling that it would leave me quite hollow by the end. (snigger) And Kevin Bacon, pwhfat!!! The only good thing about him, was when he died. Ahem. That and Apollo 13. Ahem. And maybe Flatliners. Ahem. And maybe...what am saying, Kevin Bacon isn't too bad. And Bacon is a pretty humorous last name so it's alright
Aug. 2, 2000, 4:39 a.m. CST
Seems like Hollow Man was starting off on the wrong foot anyway with a bad script from Andy Marlowe. And nothing ages a movie quicker than groundbreaking FX, because it's only a matter of time before something even better comes along. See you in ten years Perfect Storm, Hollow Man, everyone...
Aug. 2, 2000, 5:12 a.m. CST
The invisible man concept reached it's peak in the illustious company of Abbott & Costello. Better effects make little difference when the entire concept of the flick is that you can't see the main protaginist. Whereas 50,000 bugs the size of tractors and an assortment of other enormous extraterrestial insects is far more desirous. Kill Rico horribly in the first three minutes then flash forward to the next decade as a few survivors on earth resist the insect occupation!We could then flash back as the invasion of earth the archachnid hordes take over. Potential for another ironic future use of major earth locations such as the statue of liberty.
Aug. 2, 2000, 7:15 a.m. CST
Literally. A movie popcorn is the artery-killing equivalent of like a thousand Big Macs or something. And a popcorn movie that's morally warped can kill your soul by pieces. Jerry Springer used to say his show was the equivalent of fast food or cotton candy. People use this defense as an excuse for something having no redeeming merit or positive value. They forget it doesn't excuse a thing from being positively harmful.
Aug. 2, 2000, 10:49 a.m. CST
Thats whats wrong with this film.
Aug. 2, 2000, 10:58 a.m. CST
by The Pardoner
This movie looks like a colossal waste of time. I wasn't even that blown away by the trailer FX - that thing doesn't look human. It's too skinny, and it has absolutely NO skin texture - did they turn Kevin Bacon into glass or something? Hah! And Verhoeven's about as much a genius as I am a religious man. Oh lord, he's cynical, let's suck his toes! Cynicism is cheap and common. I can't wait until Peter Greenaway's "8/12 Women" shows up here... I'll finally get something worth watching. --- One small quibble with Psyclops and Cassavetes. The majority of art house/indy movies are the shallow, transparent, derivative projects of overbearing, suitably malfunded and malnourished twits. The majority of ANYTHING is worthless. Pick a medium, pick a genre; it's all shite, except for the few gold nuggets you find. And, I don't go to movies for spiritual fulfillment: I can get that more directly from chemicals. I go to movies to get what I can't get from text or music or paint; an experience which is simultaneously visual and visceral, and, in some part, social ("Gladiator" played on that one beautifully). Which is why I was never particularly blown away by "Dinner with Andre" - it was every bit as escapist as the worst blockbuster. Just because the it was the director trying to escape his medium instead of the audience their lives doesn't make it any more worthy; only quirky. --- For the statistically inclined, I think the actual number is 12; that is, the fat of 12 Big Macs is contained in one medium bag of buttered theatre popcorn.
Aug. 2, 2000, 11:04 a.m. CST
Another reason he wouldn't be able to see is because the light from the outside world needs to be FOCUSED by the lens behind the cornea. If the lens is invisible, then it would not be able to interact with light, let alone BEND it to focus it on the retna! Which in turn is invisible, so, even if the invisible retna were able to pick up the electric impulses, it would only see a blurry mess! I hope the movie also explains the problem of ingesting invisible food. They knid of explained it in memoirs of an invisible man, but it would take HOURS to metabolize all that food!
Aug. 2, 2000, 11:07 a.m. CST
I ment VISIBLE food. sorry, won't happen again! : p
Aug. 2, 2000, 11:22 a.m. CST
Then she can be in two invisible films!
Aug. 2, 2000, 11:31 a.m. CST
Well, I saw this movie Monday night. I didn't bother to write a review to Harry about it because I frankly didn't think much of it, either. There was a lot of potential to it, though. SPOILER WARNING!!! One of the things that the reviewer above mentioned was the psychology of Bacon's character. At the beginning, you see a man who appears to just be a normal person. It felt as though pains were taken to really make us like this fellow as just your average late night working genius. He sits at a computer making failed models of molecules. Then, while munching on a twinkie, he notices the beautiful woman across the way coming home and taking her clothes off. Being a typical guy, he stares. And hard. Unfortunately (Yes, I'm a guy, too) she closes the blinds just as she takes off her bra and Kevin just leans back with an exasperated sigh of "Damn." You really felt that this was a normal guy who just likes looking at naked women. He gets to the lab and the afore mentioned gorilla is described as showing excessive aggressive behavior. There was talk about it being a possible side effect of the invisibility process. So, in my mind, and the mind of my friend, it looked like there was going to be an exploration of the psychology of a person who becomes invisible. Alas, it is not so. You soon learn that Bacon's character is an ass at heart and you have no reason to believe that he is really decent or normal. So, his eventual psychosis (killing a dog with your barehands qualifies you as a psychotic) is relatively unexplained, and frankly I don't care. Another example of setting up nicely for potential coolness, then the eventual failing comes in the attention to scientific details. Well, other than that whole "invisible" thing. When Bacon is sent in the quantum shift (the explanation for invisibility), he passes out. 17 hours later, he awakens and agonizes over the light. Kevin Bacon: "Argh!! Turn out the light! I can't close my eyes!!" Elisabeth Shue: "No, your eyelids are transparent. They can't block out the light." Interesting! What a good point to bring up! I wouldn't have thought of that. (And, in fact, didn't.) It also sets up as a potential weakness to Bacon's character. But it's never exploited. Ever. Period. The lights are dimmed in the subterranean lab until they're able to put sunglasses on him (cause they couldn't before...?) and then use normal lighting. Other than that, it's never mentioned again. At all. The final explosion is supposedly caused by Bacon placing a number of vials of Nitro Glycerin into a centrifuge set to start spinning at 5 minutes. (Oh, no! The timer counting down to zero!! Wasn't there an email about never having a countdown to zero if you're the evil overlord...?) Alright, I'll take that, but what I didn't understand was how he was supposed to make it from a clearly labeled bottle of Sulfuric Acid. I'm not talking like I'm some lame ass fan boy who happened to catch a glimpse of the bottle that no one else saw. It was shown to the camera. Like, "Look! He's got sulfuric acid! It will be important later!" Then you see him pouring it into the vials, placing them in the centrifuge, setting the timer to start in 5 minutes, then leaving. Hmm... Ok, I thought. Sulfuric Acid in a centrifuge. Let's see where this is going. Later, the Josh Brolin (Don't say die! Goonies never say die!!) character sees it with the timer at about 15 seconds. "Wait!" he tells Elisabeth Shue. "It's Nitro." WHA-?!?! HUH?! Where the hell did THAT come from? Maybe I forgot my chemistry class... Anyway. The point of this whole diatribe is this: It starts out with a lot of potential. It really does. It just loses it. Period. Completely. Ugh. I'm glad it was free. That's all I can say. I wouldn't have been pissed paying full price or even matinee price. But I wouldn't have been exactly happy with it. I would have had to sneak into another movie screen to make up for that payment. Those are my thoughts... -Elwood Blues
Aug. 2, 2000, 11:32 a.m. CST
I'm not forgiving Elizabeth Shue for what she did in The Saint! It was like having a four year old explain cold fusion! AND I still haven't forgiven Kevin Bacon for Wild Things, what a jerk-chicken-run that was! Everyone should go see Hollow Man just to sit in front and chant "BACON, BACON, BACON, I SMELL BACON!"
Aug. 2, 2000, 11:33 a.m. CST
Did you know that your brain is hollow? Yes, it's true, your brain is about 99.9% air. Thats not to say that it doesn't work, it just doesn't work that well. Your soul is also hollow...can see right through it. Maybe it would be best if you just end your existence now instead of waiting until someone else does it for you. Hollowluya.
Aug. 2, 2000, 11:35 a.m. CST
by Regis Travolta
But so what! The F/X in this movie are awesomely cool and maybe the serum somehow enhances his vision. Of course, Killer and Snyde are only speculating in the hypothetical: some animals can see just fine in the dark, maybe Bacon sees less than perfect with invisible eyeballs. The vanishing sequences are truly astonishing in this movie, that's what I'm going to see!
Aug. 2, 2000, 11:43 a.m. CST
by Lazarus Long
I just read an interesting review of Hollow Man over on Variety.com, and although they ackowledged the one-liners and the last movement of the film's "stalking killer" cliche, they did say it was a pretty amazing achievement, and that it is a pretty intelligent summer film. So I'm willing to give the filmmakers the benefit of the doubt and see it. But it still bothers me that they can't take an interesting premise and just make a drama out of it. Then again, look how good Mary Reilly did with Jeckyll and Hyde...
Aug. 2, 2000, 12:26 p.m. CST
Starship Troopers was okay. The whole commercial bit was good - but, but what "bugged" (yes, pun intended) me was that the bugs were, well, just a bunch of big bugs. So, I was thinking through the movie - why don't they just nuke the planet? Oh, wait - that would mean....no movie.... As for Hollow Man, I'm waiting for the DVD. That way I can cruise through the stupid parts - which is what? A good portion of the movie that does not contain ANY special FX? Oh, Paul, where have you gone? Robocop was so good. Total Recall was so fun. Basic Instinct was not a good film - but Sharon Stone was a good femme fatale. Then came Showgirls, tisk tisk. Starship Troopers had the potential. Oh well, Paul, back to the drawing board.
Aug. 2, 2000, 12:28 p.m. CST
Who the hell cares if invisible eyeballs equals blindness? Nitpick, nitpick. Just go and enjoy it. It rocks!!
Aug. 2, 2000, 12:34 p.m. CST
Joey Slotnick rules, it's too bad he dies.
Aug. 2, 2000, 12:34 p.m. CST
In all the scenes with the invisible Kevin Bacon, he is really there. He wore a special fluorescent green body suit. The glass look scenes are really him so he isn't too skinny(or whatever you said). Who's to say what invisible skin texture looks like? And who cares? Don't go to a movie and pick apart little, insignificant details. This is a work of fiction, and people can't turn invisible, so why nitpick the rest of it when the whole premise is fantasy? Anything is possible and is, in this film. Sorry, nitpickers are a peeve.
Aug. 2, 2000, 12:35 p.m. CST
Dude, it's not real. Anyway, I though masturbation equals blindness (which will explain any typos I make). P.S Touch Tony the Tiger and I won't be held responsible.
Aug. 2, 2000, 1:03 p.m. CST
Actually, if this drug is orally administered and, to make an assumption, effective without being first metabolized, one would disappear first at the small intestine, then the liver, then at the heart, then the lungs, then out to the major organs. The skin would be last. If it does need to be metabolized by the liver first to be effective, then the process will start at the liver, then in the same pattern as above. Of course, if it does just make living cells invisible, you'd have a nice visible coating of dead skin cells walking around, along with hair, fingernails, and the contents of the ureters, bladder, and some of the bowel contents. Lovely, but not particularly invisible.
Aug. 2, 2000, 1:32 p.m. CST
What about that crazy-ass movie Hollow Bran...it's about this invisible cereal that goes around stalking milk. It was supposed to star Britney Spears as the "oh so hard to see" flake, but the money wasn't right and she had to back out. Rumor is that they now have cast Satan as the cardboard box, but no final decisions have been made yet. Stay tuned for updates as they arrive...
Aug. 2, 2000, 1:49 p.m. CST
First off, I like Verhoeven's flicks for the most part. Robocop and Total Recall are cool, Basic Instinct was... perverse (but I liked it), Starship Troopers is a guilty pleasure, and Showgirls has been erased from my memory for the most part. But I have to say to all those that claim he's a master of social satire... which society are you referring to? The 10 minutes or so of those futuristic propoganda commercials in no way salvages the 90210-ish war with the bugs. Same with Robocop. Starship Troopers is a brilliant dissection of war and fascism? Because it had funny pseudo-commercials? Bullshit! Fight Club skewered consumerism (and anarchy) better and funnier AND it didn't do it through throwaway gags. And it had a point. Verhoeven is a good director with a lot of intelligence but a satirist he is not. The greatest satire of our times is and always will be THE SIMPSONS. "Oppression and tryanny are the prices you pay to live in the land of the free." (Probably a misquote but you get the idea.)
Aug. 2, 2000, 1:52 p.m. CST
by Pips Orcille
...I don't think the concept is entirely original. Maybe the visual + special effects are, but the concept being invisible has been told before. Look at John Carpenter's "Memoirs of an Invsible Man," with Chevy Chase. That one dealt with the same thing, I guess, except Chase didn't go around attacking people like Kevin Bacon does in "Hollow Man."
Aug. 2, 2000, 2:01 p.m. CST
by GEEKBASHER 3.0
I expected more from director Paul Verhoeven??? Please honey, just sit back, and enjoy the ride, Paul is the master of entertaining in the campiest and sleaziest way! Voilence? Gore? Rape?? Bring it on! Can't wait for this one!!!! Showgirls is the best movie to play during a cocktail filled party full of drunks let me tell you! Nothing beats the Spago/doggy chow scene!
Aug. 2, 2000, 3:03 p.m. CST
either way I won't see this swill.
Aug. 2, 2000, 3:35 p.m. CST
by The Founder
This is a new one and I can't wait to hear the answer the boys over at Marvel come up with! I never thought about an invisable person being blind and when you think about the process of how we see its makes sense, but since its highly unlikly that someone will create the means of invisability we'll never prove rather or not this theory is true. What about Warp Speed in Star Trek and Star Wars? Why the hell is this concept in movies when scientificly speaking achiving the speed needed for intersteller isn't possiable according to the laws of physics. If you're looking for the answer to the meaning of life or does God exist don't see this movie, but if you wanna see cool FX, meaningless action,and a simple plot to what looks to be a good popcorn flick check it out. I hope the same Fx company does the effects for the invisable woman if we ever see a FF movie. Oh i almost forgot its Hyperspeed in Star Wars god knows I don't want to step on anyone's toes over this.
Aug. 2, 2000, 3:36 p.m. CST
I feel like I've already seen this movie thanks to the damn trailers that show EVERYTHING in the movie! You know a movie sucks when they show you ALL of the FX in the previews. I swear, they must have every single scene where Bacon's invisible in the trailer, including the ending. I know that William Devane buys it in the swimming pool, and even when the "shock scare" moment is in the same scene. (It happens when Bacon's face pops into a cloud of smoke. Oh! Ya got me!) What really looks dumb about the film is that everyone seems to be picked off one by one, in typical horror style, until only Shue is left at the end. Whatever happened to the concept of "leave them wanting more"?
Aug. 2, 2000, 4:07 p.m. CST
While I'm sort of looking forward to Hollow Man, my invisibility fix has somewhat been sated by watching the SF Channel series, The Invisible Man. The makers of Hollow Man have a lot of work ahead of them to compete with this series. I'll still go see it, but between watching Bacon live out his voyeuristic fantasies, and seeing the guy from Invisible Man go into "Quicksilver Madness", well, what can I say? SF Channel has a decent pair of winners with Farscape and Invisible Man. Now, if they'd get off of their censorship-mania and just run Lexx uncut, we'd all be fine. Speaking from above, looking down on you all, I am... Kragshot
Aug. 2, 2000, 6:59 p.m. CST
by studio plant
Like y'all, I expected more out of this movie. I mean the trailer made it look like basic Hollywood crap but I had faith that Paul would elevate the material as he has done so many times before. (I've lost all patience for people who don't realize the bugs were the sympathetic ones in the brillant [Doogie Howser as a Nazi!] Starship Troopers.) But this time, Mr. Verhoeven adds a big zero. Sorely disappointing. Hollow Man looks and acts like a Joel Schumacher film.
Aug. 2, 2000, 8:30 p.m. CST
Hmmm, lately I continue to hear "It's just a movie." or "Just have some fun.", now of course I can and will, but I would be MORE entertained if these movies were more then just forgettable shells. I mean, a little more explanation and such would be nice. Limits and rules can be broken, but at least back it up a little. Is that too much to ask? It is? Damn. It. All.
Aug. 2, 2000, 10:46 p.m. CST
by The Pardoner
I am not nitpicking. One of the things this movie *claims* to have is amazing special effects. It's in the trailer, the reviews, all the promotional crap, and in the inexplicably positive reviews that some people have given: "THE EFFECTS ARE ________ [insert idiotic adjective here]!!!". OF COURSE Bacon was the template for the invisible man, but they had to digitize it. Presumably as a result of this process, the movements appear slightly off, the form looks a thinner than it ought to, and the physical textures were lost. Have you ANY idea how hard it would be to actually make physical texture on a CGI human, without relying on a visual map? It's hard enough to get the hair on his head right, let alone every hair, dimple, pore and crease on his skin. --- Quite simply, the movie is visually unconvincing. For a film that applauds its own visual achievment, this is a problem. On top of that, it's a stupid, poorly written, transparent (haha, another invisibility pun), and presumably badly acted (given the cast) summer action movie. I'd rather vomit down my shorts than see it.
Aug. 3, 2000, 12:11 a.m. CST
by Cereal Killer
When I pointed out that invisibility equals blindness I wasn't trying to discourage anyone from seeing "Hollw Man." The effects look very cool and even though it's gotten some mixed reviews I intend to catch it on opening weekend. I am quite aware that movies often screw up the science for cinematic purposes. When I see a sci-fi flick I don't freak out about hearing sound in the deadness of space even though I know that the vaccuum of space equals silence. I'd be more disappointed if they showed explosions and left out the boom even though it would be more accurate. So I can set aside the fact that invisible Kevin Bacon would be unable to see. I only brought it up because it's not common knowledge and I thought some of you might find it interesting. Hell, I've been fascinated with the idea of being able to turn invisible since childhood (it's one of the more common superpowers young boys would wish for) but I only recently learned about the blindness factor and thought I'd pass the info along. It wasn't meant to steer anyone away from "Hollow Man."
Aug. 3, 2000, 12:17 a.m. CST
by Remo Williams
Paul V. is my favorite director. His movies may not be the best ones produced by Hollywood, but they always have meaning, and are never pieces of Bruckheimer/Bay trash. From Robocop to Starship Troopers to Total Recall and even Showgirls. Verhoeven doesn't back away from his vision. Write that down, all you aspiring film creator geeks. DO NOT BACK AWAY FROM YOUR VISION. There is no more central lesson, and Verhoeven is a master of that lesson. 'Nuff said. See everyone on Friday at HOLLOW MAN.
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