Look, I’m telling you. There were four giant turtles and they went down here!

Theatrical Release Date: 04/27/2007
Director: David S. Goyer
Cast: Justin Chatwin, Margarita Levieva, Marcia Gay Harden, Chris Marquette

I had been wanting to see “The Invisible” from the moment I saw the trailer. It looked like something a little different than the rest of the teen fare coming out these days and I liked the darker tone it insinuated.

After watching the film, I have to say that the trailer is perhaps one of the most misleading trailers I’ve ever seen.

I don’t want to give too much away but let’s just say that not only are there scenes/characters in the trailer that didn’t make the theatrical cut of the film, they bold faced lied about how the characters are connected within the film itself and about a significant aspect of the plot.

That just stuns me. If I were the director, I’d have thrown a giant tantrum and took a dump in someone’s office chair over this. But I’m only the guy who chose to review the film so I’ll unload the kids at the pool in my toilet.

Back in my own office chair and calmly transitioning over to writing that review, it’s hard for me to succinctly qualify how I feel about “The Invisible”.

It has an interesting concept, wonderful effects shots, fairly good acting and a great contemporary soundtrack. I thought Justin Chatwin and Margarita Levieva did a wonderful job playing two teenagers figuratively hiding from the rest of the world – tired of being seen as something they didn’t feel was their true selves.

Marcia Gay Harden always does a good job and it was interesting seeing Chris Marquette in a role that had nothing to do with being funny or awkward. He has the ability to be dramatic and I hope he continues to vary his roles in the future.

While I was at first distracted by the difference in the actual film from the trailer, I prefer what ended up on screen and I quickly became engrossed in the story and the metaphysical concepts being put on display.

In regards to how to show Chatwin’s interactions with the world in his non-corporeal form, director David Goyer used a fantastic mix of digital effects and camera trickery to make the scenes play naturally. There were also a number of long takes that must have taken a good deal of orchestration to pull off so well.

However, on the negative side, the ending pulled the rug out from the rest of the film and I was almost cringing by the time the credits began to roll. I haven’t seen the Swedish film (“Den Osynlige”) this is based on or read the novel but in discovering the original ending, I see how poorly the filmmakers shifted this onto American soil. Obviously, I can’t say what the difference is here but suffice to say, Goyer and crew screwed the pooch on this aspect.

Figuring out who to recommend this film to is difficult. I’m going to rate it a 2.5 out of 5 since it’s not complete crap. However, by remaining true to the original film’s ending, this would have been an easy one (or possibly even two) ratings points higher.

I suppose it’s safest to say that if you found the trailer interesting, you’ll find something to like in “The Invisible” and you should add it to the list of films in your DVD queue.

Without getting in for free, I don’t know if I can recommend this one, though I’ll be honest and say that the majority of the film really connected with me and I’ll be picking up the DVD myself … though I’ll still be cursing the film as its wheels come off at the end.

UPDATE: April 27th, 2010

So, I just watched “Den Osylinge” and have to admit I prefer the remake. While the remake’s ending completely ruins all of the good parts that came before, I still find myself re-watching it from time to time because I love the tone and mood that the film sets throughout.