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Hollow Man 2 (2006)

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4.1
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> Hollow Man (2000)
> Hollow Man 2 (2006)
Genres:
Sci-Fi Action, Sci-Fi Horror, Science Fiction
Director:
Claudio Fäh Claudio Fäh
Starring:
Christian Slater Christian Slater
Peter Facinelli Peter Facinelli
Laura Regan Laura Regan
David McIlwraith David McIlwraith
William MacDonald William MacDonald
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Review by Chad
Added: May 31, 2006
Everyone out there in reader-land has saw the original Hollow Man, correct? It was nothing great, but it was still an entertaining film nonetheless. Before diving into tonight's film, I thought that I should warn you viewers that watching these two films in order is pretty important; this sequel assumes that you've already watched the first, and as such, there are hardly any details revealed about the invisibility process. It's not very difficult to grasp the fact that a team of scientists came up with a serum that makes you invisible, but watching the first gives a better appreciation for this one in my view.

Anywho, this one doesn't take any time at all to get started. In the opening scene, we witness the invisible man - excuse me, Michael Griffin (played by Christian Slater in a scene or two) - throwing a man around at a high-class party. It seems as though Griffin wants to know where he can get something known as a "buffer", which as we later find out prevents those injected with the invisibility serum from rotting away into nothing. The man tells Griffin that he doesn't have access to it, but a lady by the name of Dr. Maggie Dalton (Laura Regan) does... and with that knowledge extracted, Griffin murders this poor fellow (with a cell phone, no less).

It turns out that this now-deceased fellow was a government agent of some sort, and it also appears that Maggie was one of his co-workers. As such, the bosses have decided that Maggie will probably be the next target, so they assign police officer Frank Turner (Peter Facinelli) and his female partner with the task of protecting her... but they decide to leave out the whole "from an invisible guy" part of the assignment. Sure enough, leaving out that vital part of the case description comes back to bite these two officers in the ass as the female officer is murdered by an unseen force while Frank and Maggie barely manage to escape. The rest of the movie, as you can imagine, is fairly straightforward; Frank wants revenge on the invisible fellow for murdering his partner, Maggie wants to escape with her life, and Griffin wants to capture Maggie for her knowledge about the buffer serum.

The best way to describe this movie is to compare it to the original, but without the huge budget. Remember the final half of that film, where the invisible guy was stalking the scientists and murdering them for whatever reason? Well, if you stretch those scenes out for ninety minutes, you'd have this sequel. Sure, the director tried to throw in some "character" development, but that whole aspect of the film flopped thanks to those in the leading roles; Peter Facinelli is horrible in your typical loose-cannon cop role, a role that has been done to death in countless other films, while Laura Regan brings nothing to the screen other than comments from the audience such as "My word, look at how long her neck is."

The only part of the film that's entertaining is when we "see" the invisible man in action; while the budget wasn't as large as it was in the first, the special effects guys still did a pretty damned good job with what they had. Some scenes definitely show how much the budget was cut, but there are some that manage to outdo the original: the end battle between Frank and Griffin is a perfect example of this. With the exception of a few hit or miss scenes, however, the actual invisible man effects are pretty much the same as the original, minus some of the more complex "stunts" and events.

If you enjoyed the first movie, you'll enjoy this one as well. It's a sequel that stays pretty true to the original and brings something new to the table (I'm not spoiling it here), but at the same time, it's really just more of the same. Use the time-honored "X out of ten" rating system that we do here at MvMMDI and apply your own rating to the original movie; with only a point or two difference, that's probably what you'd give this sequel as well. Whether or not that's a good thing for you, dear reader, is up in the air - but for me, it was decent enough. 5/10.
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bluemeanie #1: bluemeanie - added 06/07/2006, 11:07 PM
This was worthless from beginning to end. Who in the hell thought the world needed a sequel to a marginally successful Kevin Bacon film? Who thought adding Christian Slater (No, he is not dead) to the roster would help it out any, especially after "Mindhunters"? Yuck. 0/10.
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