The Invisible (2007) Justin Chatwin, Margarita Levieva, Marcia Gay Harden, Chris Marquette Movie Review

The Invisible (2007)   3/53/53/53/53/5

Margarita Levieva and Justin Chatwin in The Invisible (2007)

Seeing You Seeing Me

Student Nick Powell (Justin Chatwin) is a very talented young writer who whilst planning to go to London for a writing program also uses his talents to generate some extra income by doing assignments for others in his class. It is at his school that his best friend Pete (Chris Marquette) is being bullied by Annie Newton (Margarita Levieva), a troubled but bright young student who hangs with a criminal who steals cars. When Annie ends up in trouble with the police after she has robbed a jewellers she thinks Pete has snitched on her as he saw her with the stolen diamonds but Pete thinking that Nick is on plane to London as he had planned tells her it was him. Except Nick has changed his mind and finds himself on the end of a major beating from Annie and her heavies. When Nick wakes up he discovers no one can see or hear him, having some outer body experience as his body lies in the woods dying. Now Nick has to find some way to communicate with the living or else he will die.

So Hollywood has gone fishing in the Swedish pool of movies with a remake of "Den Osynlige" and once again they have picked a movie with a decent storyline. There may not be a huge amount of mystery when it comes to what is going on but the whole set up of Nick having an outer body experience as he lies dying whilst his friend Pete has to deal with the guilt of his actions is good. In fact the central characters of Nick and Annie are also interesting with some believable chemistry going on which makes you believe that maybe they would have been good together under different circumstances.

The trouble is that "The Invisible" seems like an idea pulled and pushed to fill a movie length and so we have scenes and elements which have no real purpose when it comes to the bigger picture. A strained relationship subplot between Nick and his mum ends up inconsequential whilst the opening scene is a perfect example of the sort of filler I am on about as whilst some might see it as clever it adds nothing to the movie. It is a shame as "The Invisible" has the look, it has the acting as well but every time it grabs your attention with a decent scene it then follows it with too much filler.

What this all boils down to is that "The Invisible" ends up an uneven movie with a mix of the right and the wrong that only up out weighing each other to leave it as a nice looking but unsubstantial movie.