The Invisible 

"From the producers of The Sixth Sense," the DVD case reads. But if it's The Sixth Sense you want, go rent that instead. The Invisible is a wash of the "Is that person dead or what?" type of film, crossed with teens-getting-killed films like I Know What You Did Last Summer. And the result is a bore.

Nick Powell (Justin Chatwin, War of the Worlds) is a brooding high school senior with a bright future. Though he's well liked, someone leaks misinformation about him to a school bully whose thugs beat Nick to death. Or do they? Trapped in some sort of limbo, Nick has to find a way to tell someone that his mostly lifeless body is hidden in the woods, and if left alone, he will actually die.

Everything's dark in this movie, from the weather to Powell's mopey faces to the all-black wardrobe of villainess Annie Newton (Margarita Levieva, TV's Vanished), but at times, it feels forced and a bit ridiculous. Perhaps school bullies really do cut their schoolmates' thumbs open when they don't get paid for providing stolen cell phones, but I've never seen it. Director David S. Goyer (Blade: Trinity) collects gorgeous shots amid his dimly lit sets, but his stars overact and deliver hokey lines. The movie doesn't really commit to any angle—e.g. suspense, horror drama or some hybrid thereof—which makes it feel like a failure on most levels. The previews are better than the film itself, so don't waste the money to rent it.

This video courtesy of Hollywood Video, 590 Broadway Ave., 208-342-6117.

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