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Hollow Man

Year: 2000
Studio: Columbia
Director: Paul Verhoeven
Writer: Gary Scott Thompson
Cast: Kevin Bacon, Elisabeth Shue, Josh Brolin, Rhona Mitra

A mostly-dismissed-as-trash thriller, from that other Paul Verhoeven who gave us Showgirls and Robocop and Starship Troopers .

But in honesty it's an old-style Hollyride; no real point, no subtext, not even a lot of sense. But great graphics and a rollicking narrative that gives you plenty of excitement and a few scares. What else do you want?

Kevin Bacon is the inexplicably nasty scientist leading a team trying to develop a serum for invisibility. With their military funding threatened, the megalomaniac Sebastian (Bacon) goes beserk, barricading himself into the facility and giving himself the serum for which there's no antidote to return him to 'wholeness'.

For some reason it sends him insane, transforming him into a rapist and a killer, hunting down his former team mates - including ex Elizabeth Shue and her new squeeze Josh Brolin - and dispatching them in increasingly nasty ways.

Technically brilliant as Bacon was swathed in green and then scanned out of the picture, only his clothes and effect on the environment left. Just watch the sequence of the gorilla test subject returning to plain sight on the operating table.

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