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Den Osynlige – The Invisible (2002)

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From IMDB:

A teenager is assaulted and killed, but returns as a ghost to find his killer.

First I apologize for not being able to find a good version of the original poster so the one that is shown is from the American remake.

I know that this might sound familiar and it should the movie was reproduced for American audiences in 2007 from the Swedish original film “Den Osynlige”

It was produced with a small budget and with an obscure to American yet seasond cast. The movie comes off every bit as well as it’s American counter part and in some areas maybe a little better. There are a few scenes in the movie that make you want to sit back an proclaim “Oh shit that looks painful!”

As with the American version we are introduced to the lead surrounded by his family and friends having a celebration in his back yard. Everything seems to be going well for everyone except for Niklas who is having trouble with the direction that his life is going. So he proceeds to leave the table that his friends are sitting at and heads off to the garage. There you see our main character look around for a bit then pick up a shotgun place the barrels in his mouth and proceed to paint the walls of the garage with his brains. As soon as the shot is finished you find that poor Niklas has just succumbed to a very bad dream. If you watched the remake you know the scene is all to familiar but it is still a powerful one to say the least.

The story is very well done and played in a way that will make you want to watch it more than once. It’s not a traditional ghost story in any sense of the term. You find that poor Niklas can’t walk through walls or run his body through other people and he still fully interacts with his environment even though right after that has happened we see that nothing has really been disturbed. Purgatory is really an awful place to be when you aren’t even good at being a ghost. After a while you really feel the frustration that builds up from this.

The ending feels well thought out and complete in a very appropriate manner. You can tell that the writers put a lot of care in how they were going to convey their message and it permeates through out this entire film. Don’t look at this film if you are looking to be freaked out though, it’s just not going to happen. But what you will find here is a good drama and a cast that will draw you into the story in a very convincing manor. It’s nice to find a movie that can hold it’s own even after an American production company gets a hold of it, and it was equally nice to see that there wasn’t much that had changed. That to me lends a ton of creditability to all those that brought this film to fruition both in Sweden and the U.S.

If you can get a chance definitely give the original a look it’s more than worthy.

This movie gets 4/5 stars

If you want to watch it on your home DVD player make sure that you have a region 2 PAL compatible one.

You can pick up a copy at Amazon here:

http://www.amazon.com/Invisible-Osynlige-NON-USA-FORMAT-Reg-2/dp/B000FWEARC