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   MEMOIRS OF AN INVISIBLE MAN (1992) 

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CAST
Chevy Chase
Daryl Hannah
Sam Neill
Michael McKean
Stephen Tobolowsky
Jim Norton
Pat Skipper
Paril Perri
Richard Epcar

DIRECTED BY
John Carpenter

PURCHASE


DVD




Time: 99 mins.
Rating: PG-13
Genre: Science Fiction/Action/Comedy/Romance


SYNOPSIS: After a freak accident, an invisible yuppie runs for his life from a treacherous CIA official while trying to cope with his new life.

BOTTOM LINE: Before HOLLOW MAN, this film probably had the best "invisible man" effects to appear onscreen, though MEMOIRS is something of a different take on the idea of invisibility. Since it stars Chevy Chase, it's clearly not a horror movie, which most films that deal with the subject are. In this action/comedy, Chase plays a businessman who happens to be in the wrong place at the wrong time. A freak accident causes him to become invisible, much to his dismay. This isn't a "power" he wanted and all he wants is to be normal again. However, it thrills a CIA agent played by Neill, who will do anything to get his hands on him in an effort to use his "gift" whether Chase likes it or not.

Not only does Chase have to deal with his new "body", he has to wonder what effect it will have on his budding romance with Alice, played by Daryl Hannah. Things go better than expected in that arena – I guess he could be an asshole instead of merely transparent – and she's soon helping him to discover how to become visible again while still retaining his freedom, which is the most entertaining part of the film.

The whole evil agent subplot is weak and unoriginal. You've definitely seen this sort of story before, done much better. Though I don't usually care for Chase or Hannah, they actually both give subtle and funny performances here. It's too bad the film concentrates more on the special effects than the character development, which is grossly lacking where Neill is concerned. Everything he does and says is a cliche. Of course, the visuals are the best thing about this movie, so it's sort of a Catch-22. A decent action flick with some clever moments, but ultimately nothing you'll remember once it's over.




"Just tell her that you met someone, you really like him, you think it's serious, he's transparent..."

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