Hollow Man

August 4th, 2000


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Scientists discover how to make people invisible, but their test subject becomes an insane killer who stalks them.

Release Year: 2000

Rating: 5.6/10 (55,912 voted)

Critic's Score: 24/100

Director: Paul Verhoeven

Stars: Kevin Bacon, Elisabeth Shue, Josh Brolin

Elisabeth Shue is Linda Foster, a scientist who is working on a serum to make people invisible. When another scientist tries the serum and becomes invisible his colleagues figure another way to bring him back to the normal world.

Writers: Gary Scott Thompson, Andrew W. Marlowe

Elisabeth Shue - Linda McKay
Kevin Bacon - Sebastian Caine
Josh Brolin - Matthew Kensington
Kim Dickens - Sarah Kennedy
Greg Grunberg - Carter Abbey
Joey Slotnick - Frank Chase
Mary Randle - Janice Walton
William Devane - Dr. Howard Kramer
Rhona Mitra - Sebastian's Neighbor
Pablo Espinosa - Ed, Warehouse Guard
Margot Rose - Mrs. Martha Kramer
Jimmie F. Skaggs - Wino
Jeffrey Scaperrotta - Boy in Car (as Jeffrey George Scaperotta)
Sarah Bowles - Girl in Car
Kelli Scott - Mom

Taglines: Open your eyes

Release Date: 4 August 2000

Filming Locations: Los Angeles, California, USA

Box Office Details

Budget: $95,000,000(estimated)

Opening Weekend: $26,414,386 (USA) (6 August 2000) (2956 Screens)

Gross: $191,200,000 (Worldwide)

Technical Specs

Runtime:  | USA: (director's cut)

Did You Know?

This is the first Hollywood movie of Paul Verhoeven that got an R-rating in its first submission to the MPAA. His previous American films, RoboCop, Total Recall, Basic Instinct, Showgirls and Starship Troopers initially received X and NC-17 ratings, of which all except for Showgirls were re-cut to receive an R-rating.

Factual errors: The pressurized tanks of flammable liquid that Linda uses to make a flamethrower are sitting unsecured in the lab. OSHA regulations require pressurized cylinders to be secured to prevent them from tipping over. The danger is that the top will get knocked off, and the tank will shoot around like a rocket. Any lab would have their tanks secured for this reason.

[first lines]
Sebastian: [another failed molecule design] Damn it!

User Review

Hollow plot and characters but visually fantastic


Sebastian Caine and his team have worked tirelessly to develop a formula that can not only turn animals invisible but also bring them back to normal at will. With Governmental pressure on them to show results, Sebastian decides he will be the first human to try the formula. He becomes invisible for a short time, however efforts to bring him back fail and he finds himself stuck. As work continues on the formula, the others in the lab begin to notice him becoming increasingly unhinged.

From director Verhoven the norm is to expect great special effects and violence. He has also been known to integrate themes and good stories into these mainly effects driven films. On this occasion however he fails to really do that and is left with a fast paced and enjoyable film that makes up in effects what it lacks in substance. The plot is pretty basic and never goes deeper – Sebastian's descent into madness is not really a descent so much as a short trip that is not really built to so much as just delivered. In it's placed though, the effects are really impressive and make the film worth seeing simply because, not only are they great, but they are also used very well in the action rather than just being the film in themselves.

The cast is OK but don't really have much to work with in terms of material. Bacon is much more interesting when not on screen than when he is. His character is too thin and he fails to portray any sort of `descent' in his character's behaviour. Shue is pretty good and seems to enjoy running round with a flamethrower. The rest of the cast are OK but basically just act as fodder in the way that a normal slasher movie will have actors to be disposed of as the film rolls.

Overall I really enjoyed this film as it is a very expensive special effects movie which relies on spectacle to keep things moving. The effects are great and take the mind away from the lack of real substance and the action at the end is very enjoyable. A really good special effects movie as long as you don't expect anything more.