Does anyone else here like 'HOLLOW MAN'?

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  1. Inspector Hammer!

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    Alright, I have to admit it, I really like this movie! It's fun, and entertaining, corny at times I realize, but a pretty good twist on the whole nut-on-the-loose plot. My only complaint was that Kevin Bacon's characor should have started out more likable, so when he starts to desend into madness, it would have been more tragic.
    I forget, did the visuals win this year for best visual effects? If they didn't, they certaintly should have!
    I want to get a feeling of just how many here in the forum liked this movie, so if you please, only those who liked the film need apply, thanks.
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    I just watched this movie last night on HBO. I was shocked at how much blood and violence there was in this movie. I thought it was going to be more Disney like. Boy was I wrong.
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    I would have enjoyed it much more, except for the end. The flamethrower had no effect on him (just made him stumble away and then came back as good as new) and the elevator reached a new level of cheese. If those two elements were handled differently, then I would be probably have liked the film enough to give it more of a chance. But seeing Elizabeth outclimb the explosion and then lift her butt out of the fire, I just groaned. A shame, because the first 2/3rds was so good and visceral.
    On a technical standpoint, it is very impressive with the transparent effects and the transformation scenes.
     
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    Hi John!
    I probably wouldn't make it as a critic(then again maybe I would) but YES I enjoyed Hollow Man, very good special effects, the story line was intriguing, and Kevin Bacon is cool!
    I am going to give Hollow Man a [​IMG]
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    I liked it. I guess it's enough for it to have stunning visuals.
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  6. Jason Harbaugh

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    I liked it too. Thought the first half was excellent and was hoping they would go into more of Kevin Bacon's character having fun being invisible in the real world. And no, not being more of a perv than he already was. The second half just became too cheesy and more and more on the unbelievable side. All of the sudden Bacon was superman. Still a fun movie and a fun horror flick.
     
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    HOLLOW MAN is a very entertaining, fun movie. I rented Hollow Man on video and I was impressed.
    If you have yet to see HOLLOW MAN, check it out. I loved it !
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    Overall, I'd give the film a [​IMG], but the last half-hour degenerates from a taut thriller into an absurd slasher film.
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    What Michael*K said. Trashily entertaining with terrific special effects - but the last 20 minutes do test one's patience. Definitely a guilty pleasure! [​IMG]
     
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    Yeah, I enjoyed it, but through a lot of it I kept thinking "Oh, Paul Verhoeven saw Alien, too!"
    Definately uninspired with a recycled plot, but not bad for a couple hour's worth of diversion.
     
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    One goof really stood out for me. When when the ape becomes visible, he does so from the inside-out which makes sense because the serum travels through the bloodstream. When Bacon becomes invisible he does so from the outside-in which is backwards and illogical but of course there would be no visuals if he disappeared from the inside-out.
    Despite this and other quibbles I've never been bored by a Verhoven film.
     
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    I have a couple of friends who absolutely abhor Hollow Man. It's like the bar that other bad movies aspire to go under.
     
  14. Nate Anderson

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    I also enjoyed it. The first part was interesting and the second part was tense enough to keep my interest, although Kevin Bacon couldn't have withstood everything that happened to him at the end.
    Love the blowtorch attack though...
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    I have liked Paul Verhoven early american films including robocop, total recall, and basic instinct. I didn;t like showgirls, starship troopers, or even hollow man.. I expected alot from Paul on Hollow man. I thought the script was poorly done.. Pau usualy adds alot of sex and violences more then other directors, hollow man was very soft on that.. I was looking forward to the movie.. it was just terrible.
    just my two cents.
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    if you want a good paul verhoven movie.. check out robocop 1 and total recall.
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    I enjoyed it, even if the film had cheesy dialog, many goofs, and the climax felt too much like Aliens. The film wasn't made to prove a point, it was just made to entertain people. I will disagree with some people, Paul Verhoven has never directed a truly horrible movie, excluding Showgirls. [​IMG] Who ever thought a film directed by Paul Verhoven that featured strippers and lesbians would end up being so horrible? [​IMG]
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    Overall I didn't mind the movie. But as with most others Its just those final scenes that really dragged it down. I mean come on he was invisible not invincible, how many different things can happen to one person.
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    The first time I saw this the ending really ruined it for me. In fact I sad the exact same thing as Nick; "He's invisible, not invincible!" Watching it a second time I enjoyed it more, prepared for how cheesy the ending was.
    I really think the ending could have been saved by the addition a few line of dialouge towards the begining of the film. Something along the lines of; "The invisibility serum has nasty side affect. While invisible your nerves are seperated, you won't be able to feel any pain. Don't get hurt, because you won't even notice it. So be very careful."
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    John,
    Yeah I liked it too but I don't know how much I would have liked it in the theater. It seemed to translate to the home theater environment real well with very good audio and visuals and I did not expect much when I bought it. I think you have to be in the correct frame of mind for this movie. It is, after all, full of holes.
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