USA Today - 08/04/2000
"...Verhoeven engages in his trademark twisted kicks...[and] keeps you on edge..."
Entertainment Weekly - 08/11/2000
"...An eminently watchable B-movie nightmare..."
Total Film - 10/01/2000
"...Dazzling effects, some well-timed leap-out-of-your-seat shocks and Bacon in sizzling form..." -- 4 out of 5 stars
Box Office - 10/01/2000
"...The special effects here are awesome..."
Movieline's Hollywood Life - 02/01/2001
"...HOLLOW MAN is for grown-ups....Enjoy [it] as a subversive farce, and you'll be looking at one of the surprise studio films of last year."
Chicago Sun-Times - 08/04/2000
"...[The] effects are astonishing....The movie also has fun with the attempts of the characters to make the invisible visible..."
A team of scientists is assigned to a secret government research project to experiment with the possibility of invisibility. When they find that one of their formulas works on animals, Dr. Sebastian Caine (Kevin Bacon) violates the rules of the project and tries it on himself. It works: he becomes invisible, but soon after that the team find that the formula is irreversible. He suspects his colleagues, Linda McCay (Elisabeth Shue) and Matt Kensington (Josh Brolin) of sabotaging him: making him invisible forever, and he decides to seek revenge on them.From the director of BASIC INSTINCT and TOTAL RECALL, Paul Verhoeven, comes this new suspense-filled thriller, full of special effects and technical tricks.
Description by Sony Pictures Home Entertainment:
What would you do if you were invisible' How far would you go' After years of experimentation, Dr. Sebastian Caine, a brilliant but arrogant and egotistical scientist working for the Defense Department, has successfully transformed mammals to an invisible state and brought them back to their original physical form. Determined to achieve the ultimate breakthrough, Caine instructs his team to move on to Phase III: human experimentation. Using himself as the first subject, the invisible Caine finds himself free to do the unthinkable. But Caine's experiment takes an unexpected turn when his team can't bring him back. As the days pass, he grows more and more out of control, doomed to a future without flesh as the HOLLOW MAN. Kevin Bacon, Elisabeth Shue and Josh Brolin star in this intense thriller filled with extreme suspense, terrifying twists and incredible special effects.
Washington D.C. scientist Sebastian Caine (Kevin Bacon) is under contract with the U.S. government to formulate a serum which will render human beings invisible. When his test serum makes a laboratory gorilla disappear and then successfully brings her back, Caine decides that it is time for him to be the next guinea pig. He and his team are ecstatic when the serum work. When the antidote fails to work as it did on the gorilla, however, Caine finds himself in the initially enviable, but ultimately horrifying predicament of being permanently undetectable to the human eye. Faced with the opportunity to perpetrate any crime he desires without fear of apprehension, Caine gives in to his basest desires. But when he learns that his that his ex-girlfriend and assistant, Linda McKay (Elisabeth Shue), is involved with their fellow co-worker Matt Kensington (Josh Brolin), Caine goes over the deep end, and is willing to kill anyone who tries to stand in his way, including his trusted fellow researchers. Director Paul Verhoeven (BASIC INSTINCT) puts a contemporary spin on the classic INVISIBLE MAN tale, turning it into a funhouse-style stalk-and-slash film with some of the most impressive visual effects the screen has seen.