Buena Vista Pictures' "The Invisible" appeared out of nowhere to finish in second place at the box office this past weekend.
While the world is anticipating this week's upcoming opening of "Spider-Man 3," over the last three days, "The Invisible" was the best out of three debuting films at $7.7 million. This film is a remake of the Swedish thriller "Den Onsynlige."
Nick Powell (Justin Chatwin) is a popular high school student who deals with the overprotectiveness of his mother Diane (Marcia Gay Harden) since the passing of his father.
Both Nick and his friend Pete have continuous conflicts with problem child Annie Newton (Margarita Levieva) and her gang of troubled youths, Matty (Ryan Kennedy) and Dean (Andrew Francis).
Since her homelife isn't the greatest, save for her little brother Victor (Alex Ferris), Annie spends her free time breaking into cars and stealing jewelry with her boyfriend Marcus Bohem (Alex O'Loughlin).
Just as Nick plans to leave town to go to London for schooling, he takes a short-cut to a party. While walking home from the party, he gets attacked by Annie, Matty and Dean.
Annie has been told by Pete that Nick called the police on her after the cops find stolen jewelry in her school locker and she gets in trouble.
So after the threesome has kicked and punched Nick into oblivion, his body is eventually tossed into a sewer and left for dead in the middle of the night.
Daybreak comes and Nick is seen walking out of the woods and towards school. While in class, he begins to notice that nobody is paying any attention to him - so much to the point where people are blatantly badmouthing him. He comes to the realization that he is actually a spirit, and watches as the police investigation into his disappearance is methodically slow and cumbersome.
Detectives Brian Larson (Callum Keith Rennie) and Kate Tunney (Michelle Harrison) head the investigation, and Larson knows Annie from when she was younger. Throughout every interaction with her, Larson attempts to get her to turn herself in, while Annie prefers to stay on the run.
Nick's only solution is to seek out Annie, and convince her to do a good deed for once and show the authorities where his body is hidden.
"The Invisible" actually turned out to be a better movie than I anticipated. While I felt it took a little bit to develop the overall plot, the film took off once Nick became "invisible." The relationship between Nick and Annie is interesting, as you see they each have their own problematic home lives despite the family income.
It is like Nick thinks he's actually better than what he is, while Annie isn't as bad as she actually is, but is looking to do better. There is a long history between the two that is revealed later on.
The director took the time to give some of the characters a personality, but the one I couldn't figure out was Pete's - is he a friend (a bad one at that), a weasel, or an accomplice? While it seemed like he was a little bit of all, his final scene was disappointing.
On a different note, there is actually a cool, thought-provoking scene with Nick and a bird, which lets Nick know how vital his time has become.
The soundtrack of this film is incredible, as it doesn't feature music I've ever heard before, but was so fitting in every scene.
Finally, while there are some similarities between "The Invisible" and the 1990 classic "Ghost," there are only two things that bothered me about the comparison between the films.
One was how Nick interacted with his mother at the end through Annie. It was more creepy than emotionally stirring, especially when his mother had so much rage against Annie. She shouldn't have just stood there and listened like she did.
Secondly, I got the impression that the director was trying to get Nick and Annie together romantically despite their backgrounds, and that she left him for dead. What is wrong about that is Molly Jensen (Demi Moore) didn't kill Sam Wheat (Patrick Swayze) in "Ghost" - it was his creepy co-worker Carl Bruner (Tony Goldwyn).
With that being said, the upcoming summer blockbusters will make "The Invisible" disappear from the box office soon, so make an appearance to see it at three out of four stars.
"The Invisible" is rated PG-13 for violence, criminality, sensuality and language - all involving teens. Running time is 1 hour, 37 minutes.
Last week's No. 1, Paramount Pictures' "Disturbia," continues to garner glares from moviegoers for a third straight week with $9 million, the lowest number for a No. 1 film since "The Covenant" last September. The Shia LaBeouf thriller has earned $52.1 million in three weeks.
Another Paramount Pictures film, "Blades Of Glory," is skating a figure five, as in maintaining a spot in the top five, with $5.1 million. The Will Ferrell/Jon Heder film is still going strong with $5.1 million over the past five weeks.
Creating a vacancy in the top five is Sony Pictures' "Vacancy," dropping four big spots from No. 4 to No. 8 with $4.1 million - $13.7 million over the past ten days.
Rounding out the top ten is Sony Pictures' "Are We Done Yet?" at No. 10 with $3.4 million. The Ice Cube comedy has earned $43.9 million in a month's time.
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Dennis J. Wright can be reached at email@example.com.