Hollow Man 0.0 stars

Good creepy title, even if it was already taken (for one of the Gideon Fell mysteries by John Dickson Carr). The more fitting title, Invisible Man, was already taken, too, but the present title fits well enough when our latter-day invisible man (a cocky, smart-assy Kevin Bacon: "I am a goddam genius!") begins to dress up in a snug-fitting flesh-colored rubber mask with empty eye sockets and mouth slot. That's a pretty interesting sight, but many of the other sights -- especially those of the human circulatory and musculoskeletal systems torn from an anatomy textbook -- are infected with the incomparable repulsiveness we have come to expect of director Paul Verhoeven (Robocop, Total Recall, Starship Troopers). And there is no simpler way to express how far the plot developments stray from intelligent science fiction than to say that ultimately the more fitting title would be Invisible (or Hollow) Freddy Krueger. Granted, the serum is "affecting his mind," but why should it also be affecting his strength and stamina? Elisabeth Shue, Josh Brolin, Kim Dickens. 2000.

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Josh Board Sept. 10, 2009 @ 3:31 p.m.

I don't think the serum "affected his strength and stamina". The reason he appeared to be strong is...he had the element of surprise, as the victims couldn't see him. So, he could continue to punch and kick them, and they were basically defenseless. Although, I did wonder while watching it, how he could continue kicking people barefoot (wearing a shoe would make him visible) and punching people, without breaking a hand or foot.

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