Hollow Man 2
|Hollow Man 2|
|Directed by||Claudio Fäh|
|Produced by||Douglas Wick
|Written by||Joel Soisson
Gary Scott Thompson
Andrew W. Marlowe
|Distributed by||Destination Films|
Hollow Man 2 is a science fiction horror film directed by Claudio Fäh and starring Peter Facinelli, Laura Regan and Christian Slater. It is the sequel to the film Hollow Man. It was released direct-to-video on May 23, 2006 with the tag line "There's More to Terror Than Meets the Eye".
At a cocktail party at the Reisner Institute, a Washington think tank, a scientist named Dylan is suddenly manipulated by an invisible force, which drags him into a nearby bathroom and brutally throws him around. He mentions another scientist, Maggie Dalton, who knows the formula the invisible man is looking for. Seemingly accepting this, the invisible man releases him and tells him not to tell anyone he was there. No sooner has he left, than Dylan attempts to call someone on his cell phone, but the invisible man, who only pretended to leave, smashes the phone and slashes Dylan's throat. The police arrive at the laboratory to conduct a murder investigation, but the laboratory's military supervisor, Colonel Gavin Bishop, insists it is an internal military situation and the police have no jurisdiction. Fearing attacks on the remaining scientists, the lab's owner, Dr. William Reisner, employs Frank Turner and his partner, Detective Lisa Martinez, to protect Maggie, but refuses to divulge any information on the nature of his work.
The two detectives stand guard outside Maggie's house. When Lisa opens the door to let the cat in, the invisible man sneaks past her into the house. Just as he reaches the study where Maggie is, Lisa tracks him down, and he throttles her with a lamp wire. Suddenly, military commandos appear and storm the house, using night vision cameras to target and corner the invisible man. Outside, Turner confronts Bishop, realizing that he and Lisa were used to lure the invisible man to the house. Several stun grenades go off around the house, blinding the commandos and allowing the invisible man to escape in pursuit of Turner and Maggie. He almost catches up to them, but is struck and badly injured by a car, and flees.
Maggie is taken into protective custody by the police, where Frank's superior and friend, Captain Tom Harrison, has received orders to have her transferred to military custody. Frank helps Maggie escape from the police station and they flee in a stolen car. Bishop and Reisner, knowing their careers would end if Maggie talks, declare them fugitives.
Maggie finally tells Turner that five years before, a team broke the code for human invisibility, but something went wrong and all but two of them were killed, and the program was scrapped. A year later, the Reisner Institute restarted the experiments as a covertly Department of Defense funded operation to create an undetectable soldier, codenamed "Silent Knight". The resulting serum does turn human tissue invisible, but with adverse effects: it allows light to pass directly through a person, and the radiation damages the cells and causes physical and mental degradation, killing the person slowly. Maggie developed a compound called the "Buffer" to protect test subjects from that radiation. A soldier named Michael Griffin volunteered, and the serum succeeded, but the Buffer failed and Griffin seemingly died, which in turn got Maggie fired. She believes Griffin faked his death so he could use his powers without restraint, but now needs the antidote to the radiation before he dies.
Maggie receives a message from a man named Ludlow, who has been in contact with her for weeks. Turner uses his contacts to find the hiding place of Ludlow, a soldier enlisted into the program before Griffin. He fled, but is now slowly dying from radiation. Ludlow has also been tracking Griffin, and reveals the true story to his supposed "death" and the program itself: Operation Silent Knight was never about national security, and Griffin was never given the Buffer, as they used him to assassinate their political enemies.
Meanwhile, Griffin takes Bishop hostage, who attempts to reason with him and then, getting desperate, stabs him with a pen. Griffin in turn kills him and goes to locate Ludlow's whereabouts on Bishop's computer. He arrives at the hideout and attacks Turner, but Ludlow sacrifices himself to save the detective; Turner and Maggie escape. Griffin decides to make them return by kidnapping Maggie's sister. When they meet at the train station where he is hiding, Griffin silently captures Maggie and tries to turn her invisible so he can take her unnoticed, but Turner stops him. After a short fight, Griffin escapes with Maggie, and Turner is left with the arriving Reisner and his guards. A short time later, Reisner pursues an invisible man, but is soon captured and held by him. Thinking it is Griffin, he offers to send for the Buffer. The figure, however, is Turner, who used Griffin's discarded syringe to become invisible as well. Reisner backs away from him and is hit and killed by a speeding car.
Griffin takes Maggie to her old college laboratory to create the Buffer for him. Griffin forces her to inject herself with it first, than injects himself with another dose. With his survival seemingly assured, Griffin tries to kill Maggie, but Turner intervenes and knocks him out of the laboratory window. Turner runs outside where Griffin knocks him unconscious. As Griffin slowly turns visible, Maggie reveals that he has been poisoned, as the Buffer is based on rat poison; she deliberately left the doses she made from the poison just toxic enough to kill them both, and loses consciousness. Enraged, Griffin takes a shovel and attempts to kill her, but a now-conscious Turner stops him and kills him with the shovel. He then carries Maggie away for medical attention, leaving Griffin's body outside in the rain.
A few days later, Maggie is recovering in hospital and is poised to be released. Heather tells her that Turner has not been found. Maggie insists that he will come back to her, as she knows he needs her. Outside, they are being watched by an invisible man in a hood who then walks away.
- Peter Facinelli as Detective Frank Turner
- Laura Regan as Dr. Maggie Dalton
- Christian Slater as Michael Griffin
- David McIlwraith as Dr. William Reisner
- William MacDonald as Colonel Gavin Bishop
- Jessica Harmon as Heather Dalton
- Chelah Horsdal as Blind Secretary
- Sonya Salomaa as Trophy Wife
- John Shaw as Dr. Devin Villiers
- Mike Dopud as Officer Chesley
- Sarah Deakins as Detective Lisa Martinez
- Terri Anne Welyki as Pearl Girl
- Griffin is the name of the invisible man in the novel The Invisible Man by H. G. Wells.
- There were only 250 visual effects shots in the whole film, and 80 of them were simply wire removals.
- During the final battle between the two Hollow Men, Turner kills Griffin with a shovel/spade. In H. G. Wells' The Invisible Man, Griffin is beaten to death with objects also including a shovel.
- Hollow Man 2 is based on the very first draft of the Paul Verhoeven film.
Reception and reviews
Hollow Man 2, as a direct-to-video release, had lower expectations than its preceding film. Its reviews have been almost uniformly negative; some reviews at best indicate it as average. Rotten Tomatoes chronicles only a few reviews, all of which designate the film as "rotten".