up five years after the original, Hollow Man II is a strange
film to review. It is by no means an equal to the original film,
lacking that superior effort's energy and top notch visual effects
acumen. Yet, on some basic level, this direct to video sequel
manages to entertain for an hour and a half.
time the story centers on Detective Frank Turner, assigned to
protect scientist Maggie Dalton when her life is endangered by
a maverick government assassin, one Michael Griffin. If you're
at all familiar with the H.G. Wells novel The Invisible Man,
the assassin's last name should clue you into the fact that he's
invisible. The character is played by none other than Christian
Slater, and this is one of the things the film gets right. Since
Slater has less screen time than anyone in the movie, his distinctive
voice helps to keep him in the story.
Facinelli character loses his partner during a botched attempt
by Griffin to kill the scientist, and before you know it both
Turner and Dalton are on the run, pursued by both the invisible
killer and the government responsible for his existence.
budget is obviously lower and the visuals are sparse, but effective.
There's nowhere near the flair demonstrated in the first film,
yet for what they had to work with, the cast and crew gave this
a pretty solid go. The story is enjoyable enough and I thought
the performances (especially Slater) were solid. There's a climactic
fight sequence between two invisible men which unfolds during
a rainstorm and the scene is handled very well. For the most part,
the film has a creepy atmosphere.
there's no mistaking the subdued feel of this movie. Standing
alone, it's a passable way to spend a rainy afternoon and is definitely
superior to a lot of straight to video cheesequels I've seen in
the past, but when seen back to back with the original Hollow
Man, this one just falls short on both ingenuity and energy.
it didn't completely wash out and I didn't mind afterwards that
I had spent time veiwing the film, so I can easily grant Hollow
Man II a healthy Six and a Half Out of Ten Times a Teen Home Porno
Shoot Suffers a Very Creepy Interruption.
film is available in a two disc set with the original. I recommend
watching the behind the scenes doc about the visual aspects of
the production. It will exponentially increase your appreciation
for what the crew did in the film.
review is for the widescreen DVD release.