This post contains spoilers for The Invisible Man.
For the audience -- if not for most of the characters in the movie -- it's pretty clear what's going on throughout Leigh Whannell's new remake of The Invisible Man. Elisabeth Moss' Cecilia is being harassed by her abusive ex who has used his scientific talents to build a suit that renders him invisible. No one believes her, but we, the viewers, know the truth. But even with a narrative as clean cut as that, Whannell opts for a twisty ending that is at times both satisfying and logic-defying.
Previous adaptations of H.G. Wells' novel focused on, well, the man who was invisible, not the people he attacked. But Whannell's film leaves the actual villain mostly anonymous. He's Adrian (Oliver Jackson-Cohen), a San Francisco-based tech maven and a leader in the field of "optics," which explains how he's able to make himself vanish into thin air (apparently). He's also an abuser, who has essentially held his girlfriend Cecilia captive. In the opening moments, she flees his isolated compound, aided by her sister, who sets her up to live with James (Aldis Hodge), a friend, and his teenage daughter Sydney (Storm Reid). Moss's performance anchors the film entirely as she palpably conveys the agony of having your cries go unheard. She veers from terror to rage to disbelief even when Whannell can't strike quite strike the right tone between propulsive action and the seriousness of the subject matter.
The finale is a good example of the highs and lows of The Invisible Man. It's both excitingly executed and slightly ludicrous. Let's break down how it all plays out.