Hollow Man

It's amazing what you can do when you don't have to look at yourself in the mirror.

A review by Mike Shea   Movie Rating: ( * * · · · )    DVD Rating: ( * * * * · )

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Hollow Man is a movie that was built after the ultimate fantasy of every man. Turn invisible and you will never have to pay for pornography again. The makers of this movie obviously had the same fantasy and decided that by putting some outtakes from The Abyss along with starring Kevin Bacon, you could make a summer blockbuster. If he had done this movie it would be two hours of Hollow Man standing in a girls locker room while they work on cheers from outside the restrictiveness of their bras, have pillow fights and practice French kissing. Lucky for us, this plot isn't too far off from the actual movie. Even though the suits once again determined that such a movie must have a plot and built one on the back of a napkin while waiting for their $8 coffee with four Italian names, there was still room for two topless shots and tons of film devoted to Road House. If you are going to have a movie about a bouncer / martial artist wrapped with a plot from Knight Rider, at least throw in a fight scene every 7 to 14 minutes. Likewise, if you are going to have a movie about an invisible man who stares at naked women and kills people, make sure you get one or the other every 7 minutes. Instead we seem to get shameless product endorsements every 45 seconds intermixed with the detailed love triangles of a romance novel.

The DVD is a good transfer, with a 16x9 enhanced picture and a Dolby Digital 5.1 soundtrack. There is a making of feature and a directors commentary included as well.

Maybe I am not making myself really clear here. Hollow man is a piece of shit. But taken as a piece of shit, it really isn't so bad. Don't go expecting anything more intellectual than Nightmare on Elm Street and you might actually be entertained by how bad it is. If you go in expecting Sixth Sense, wow did you pick the wrong movie.