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1,055 Ratings

Hollow Man

Directed by Paul Verhoeven
United States, Germany, 2000
Thriller, Horror, Sci-Fi


After years of experimentation, Dr. Sebastian Caine has successfully transformed mammals to an invisible state and brought them back to their original physical form. Caine instructs his team to move on to phase III: human experimentation; and Dr. Caine decides to use himself as the first subject.

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Hollow Man Directed by Paul Verhoeven

Awards & Festivals

Academy Awards

2001 | Nominee: Best Effects, Visual Effects

Critics reviews

One of the nastiest big-budget movies ever made in the Hollywood studio system… The effects in “Hollow Man” remain impressive, at times extraordinary, not just because of the brazen delight that Verhoeven takes in trying out the latest toys (the last half-hour is one long special effects reel, partly unveiling the invisible main character via smoke, steam, fire, blood and water) but because they’re put in service of a vision so bleak and small-minded.
June 11, 2016
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This movie’s eroticism as well as its violence, combined with the hyperrealism of its overall look make it as much a Verhoeven production as any of its predecessors. It too makes ethical and ideological observations, in this case mainly about the implications of being invisible—in particular the significance of being able to watch someone without being watched back, a capacity available to anyone who watches a movie.
August 11, 2000
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