Imagine The Invisible Man remade as a dour social-realist drama and you’ll begin to get a handle on the strange Canadian sci-fi/horror fantasy The Unseen.
Aden Young is suitably grim as the film’s solitary protagonist Bob, a former professional hockey player turned sawmill worker who has cut himself off from society to hide the secret that he is slowly turning invisible. However, he feels compelled to reconnect with the family he abandoned eight years earlier after his troubled teenage daughter (Julia Sarah Stone) goes missing.
An expert in special make-up effects, first-time director Geoff Redknap gives us grisly glimpses of Bob’s condition. When Bob isn’t safely swaddled, his missing flesh exposes bloody internal organs. Yet it is not the gruesome effects, nor a half-hearted crime subplot involving drug dealing and Chinese medicine, but Bob’s emotional plight that makes the biggest impact.
Certificate 15. Runtime 108 mins. Director Geoff Redknap
The Unseen is available on Digital from Ace Entertainment.