The Invisible (film)

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The Invisible
Invisible poster.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed by David S. Goyer
Produced by Roger Birnbaum
Gary Barber
Jonathan Glickman
Neal Edelstein
Mike Macari
Screenplay by Mick Davis
Christine Roum
Based on The Invisible 
by Mats Wahl
Starring Justin Chatwin
Margarita Levieva
Marcia Gay Harden
Chris Marquette
Alex O'Loughlin
Music by Marco Beltrami
Cinematography Gabriel Beristain
Edited by Conrad Smart
Distributed by Buena Vista Pictures
Release dates
  • April 27, 2007 (2007-04-27)
Running time
102 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Box office $26,810,113

The Invisible is a 2007 American teen supernatural thriller starring Justin Chatwin, Margarita Levieva, Chris Marquette, Marcia Gay Harden, and Callum Keith Rennie. The movie was released in theaters on April 27, 2007 and on DVD and Blu-ray Disc on October 16, 2007.

The Invisible is a remake of the Swedish film Den osynlige, which was based on the novel The Invisible by Mats Wahl. It was filmed mostly in and around the city of Vancouver. It was the last film distributed by Hollywood Pictures before the label was once again dissolved by Disney.


High school senior Nick Powell plans to skip his graduation and fly to London for a writing program, despite the plan of his controlling mother, Diane. His mother pressures him to succeed and is emotionally distant.

Nick's best friend, Pete Egan, confides in him that he is bullied by Annie Newton, a troubled teen. Nick attempts to step in on one such occasion, only for it to escalate into a physical confrontation. Annie's closest friends are a few violent thieves, and her boyfriend, Marcus, is on parole for similar violations.

Nick tells Pete about his plans to leave for London and they say goodbye. Annie decides to rob a jewelry store across the street from where Marcus is stealing a car. Marcus reprimands her, and tries to take the jewels for himself, but Annie keeps them and pushes him to try and stop her. Believing Annie is out of control, Marcus tips off the cops. Annie is arrested and assumes that Pete is responsible because he saw her load the merchandise into her locker.

She later attempts to beat a confession out of Pete. When Annie doesn't believe his innocence, Pete reluctantly gives up Nick's name, thinking that Nick is already on a plane to London. He is unaware that Nick gave his ticket to a girl at a party, having decided not to go. When Annie and her crew find Nick walking home from the party, they run him off the road and beat him mercilessly. When Annie believes she has killed Nick, they dump his body into a sewer.

The next morning Nick goes to school to find that no one can see or hear him. He returns home to find his mother has filed a missing person's report, and the police are investigating his disappearance. After a while, Nick realizes that he is still alive, but unconscious. As Nick realizes that he's having an out-of-body experience, he reaches out to Annie and Pete to save his life.

Detective Larson seems close to putting together the whole truth, and implies that once he finds Annie he will be able to pin the robberies and murder on Marcus. Since Marcus is still on parole, Detective Larson tells him that even being associated with the murder could send him back to prison. Marcus decides to get involved and kidnaps Pete, forcing him to lead him to Nick's body so they can move it to another location. He conspires to kill Annie and arranges to meet with her. Annie calls Pete to the meeting place as well, who is under surveillance by the police. As Annie flees from both Marcus and the police, Nick yells at her and she hears him for the first time.

Although the two cannot have a conversation, she hears some of his voice in her head and can sense his presence. Annie feels her actions weighing on her conscience and stops to visit Nick's room to get a sense of who he is. The two realize that they were similar and given different circumstances, the two could have been close. Diane catches Annie in his room, and she flees. She returns to the woods to find Nick's body, only to see that it has been moved. She confronts Pete and Marcus to learn the body's location. Marcus tells her, but shoots her in the stomach as she leaves. She shoots Marcus in return, and calls the police to tell them where to find Nick. Nick's body is found in a dam and is saved. After visiting him in the hospital, Annie dies from her wounds.

After leaving the hospital, Nick meets Annie's younger brother, Victor, flying his model plane at the park. They both commemorate Annie by writing her a message on top of the plane and fly it across the river bank.

Plot differences between remake and original[edit]

In the Swedish film Den osynlige, of which The Invisible is a remake, "Niklas" (Nick Powell) does not regain consciousness, and "Annelie" (Annie Newton) does not end up being shot nor does she die, but instead turns herself in after her confession and apology. Also, in the original, Pete dies after his suicide attempt.

Neither version is true to the novel where the Annie character is a neo-Nazi. She never regrets anything in the novel and is not displayed in a sympathetic light. Also, in the novel, all the teens are 14-15, Hilmer's (called "Nick" in the film) girlfriend is pregnant, and Hilmer's mother is not excessively controlling.


  • Justin Chatwin as Nicholas "Nick" Powell — The protagonist, who wakes up to find that he is invisible, before discovering that he had been beaten to near death and is projecting himself from his missing body. In the book, he is called Hilmer Eriksson.
  • Margarita Levieva as Annelie "Annie" Newton — A bully who beats Nick to near death, but later regrets her actions. In the book, she is called Anneli Turgren.
  • Marcia Gay Harden as Diane Powell
  • Chris Marquette as Pete Egan — Nick's best friend. In the book, he is called Pete Geller.
  • Alex O'Loughlin as Marcus Bohem — Annie's boyfriend, a criminal. In the book, he is called Marcus Lundkvist.
  • Callum Keith Rennie as Detective Brian Larson — The detective investigating Nick's death. In the book, he is called Detective Harold Fors.
  • Michelle Harrison as Detective Kate Tunney — A detective assisting Larson. In the book, she is called Detective Carin Lindblom.
  • Tania Saulnier as Suzie
  • Ryan Kennedy as Matty
  • Andrew Francis as Dean
  • Maggie Ma as Danielle
  • P. Lynn Johnson as Sharon Egan
  • Serge Houde as Martin Egan
  • Bilal Sayed as Dino Garcia
  • Cory Monteith as Jimmy

Filming locations[edit]

  • The setting of the film is in Burnaby, Washington, a fictitious suburb of Seattle, Washington, United States. "Seattle" is printed on Nick's plane ticket to "London"; and Detective Larson's business card bears the logo of the "Burnaby Police Department as well as its Washington address, however, most of the film was shot on location in and around Vancouver, British Columbia, including the city of Burnaby, British Columbia, to coincide with director David S. Goyer's busy filming schedule [director's commentary]. Despite the subtle disguises to the contrary, however, Vancouver is clearly depicted in the establishing shot of the landscape in the first scene, in which the famous Harbour Centre building can be seen just left of the middle of the cityscape. Additional scenes showcase Vancouver's SkyTrain running through a suburb and the seawall bordering Stanley Park.
  • The high school scenes in this movie were filmed at Burnaby Mountain Secondary School in Burnaby, British Columbia, Canada (the name of the school remains unchanged in the film, however the mascot and its logo were changed to suit the director's taste [director's commentary]). Classrooms were digitally edited with multiple classrooms mixed in. Students of the school were not allowed to be extras.[citation needed]


Home media[edit]

This film was released on Blu-ray Disc and standard DVD October 16, 2007 by Hollywood Pictures Home Entertainment.

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