Cinema: Disappear!

Why can't Hollow Man make itself invisible?

For reasons known only to the kind of people who take the Star Wars missile-defense system seriously, the Pentagon thinks the capacity to make yourself invisible has huge military potential. It is underwriting Dr. Sebastian Caine's expensive experiments in dematerialization.

This is silly. Every schoolboy knows the only worthwhile reason to become invisible is so you can case the girls' locker room undetected. Caine (an utterly charmless Kevin Bacon) does use his power voyeuristically in Hollow Man. But this being an up-to-date--that is to say, thoroughly ugly--movie, he doesn't stop there. He becomes a rapist. And then, of course, a murderer.


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