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->''"You know what, Matt? [[InvisibleJerkass It's amazing what you can do... when you don't have to look at yourself in the mirror any more.]]"''
-->--'''Sebastian Caine'''

'''''Hollow Man''''' (2000) is a {{science fiction}} {{thriller}} {{film}} directed by Creator/PaulVerhoeven, inspired by Creator/HGWells' ''Literature/TheInvisibleMan''. It stars Elisabeth Shue, KevinBacon, and Josh Brolin as a team of scientists trying to perfect the formula for an invisibility serum for the military. Initially, the only remaining snag is reversing the invisibility effect, but when Dr. Sebastian Caine (Bacon) discovers the key, the team eagerly anticipates gaining clearance for human trials.

Caine, however, has other ideas. Concealing their success from the military oversight committee, Caine uses himself as a test subject for the formula... but discovers the antidote doesn't work on humans. Already unstable from the start, Caine's sanity starts to fray further as the team struggles to find a cure for his invisibility, until it becomes clear that their invisible test subject is turning sociopathic...

The film was nominated for an AcademyAward for Visual Effects in 2000. The direct-to-video sequel, ''Hollow Man 2'', was released in 2006.

Not to be mistaken with John Dickson Carr's novel ''The Hollow Man,'' also known as ''Three Coffins'', or with Creator/DanSimmons' novel also called ''The Hollow Man''. Or the T.S. Elliot poem Hollow Men.
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!! ''Hollow Man'' contains examples of:

* AndSomeOtherStuff: Caine mixes nitroglycerine in the matter of five minutes or so without blowing himself to kingdom come - and apparently without using nitric acid.
* AntagonistTitle: The title refers to [[NameOfCain Caine]], the turned-invisible man who became evil. It refers to him both literally (he became invisible) and figuratively (his soul is hollow).
* ArtisticLicenseBiology: After the serum injected on the gorilla, it goes to the heart and from there on to the body... while in fact after the heart the blood goes to the lungs to oxygenate, after that return to the heart and finally distribute through the body.
* AxCrazy: Caine becomes this when his his megalomaniac tendencies begin to emerge.
* BadassLongcoat: Linda's calf-length leather jacket.
* BlackDudeDiesFirst: Sort of. The black woman is the first of the main characters to die in Caine's rampage.
* BodyHorror: The incredibly-detailed transformation sequence.
* [[BunnyEarsLawyer Bunny Ears Scientist]]: Dr. Sebastian Caine. His employers tolerate his eccentricities because he was remarkably talented, though when Caine failed to announce his breakthrough (after nearly a year of no progress), they warn him that should he fail to come up with results shortly, he will be fired.
* CameraSpoofing: Caine does this with the thermal camera designed to keep track of him, allowing his escape.
* ConvectionSchmonvection: [[spoiler:The lab explodes, the elevator's bottom is covered in raging flames, yet the people climbing the ladder up the elevator shaft to leave have no problem with the heat]].
** Also regarding cold temperatures,
* DesignStudentsOrgasm: The credits sequence.
* DisneyVillainDeath: [[spoiler:Sebastian, onto a [[KillItWithFire burning elevator shaft]].]]
* DoubleStandardRapeMaleOnMale: Caine tells a well-known joke about {{Superman}} and WonderWoman, with the Invisible Man [[note]]Maybe it was the MartianManhunter?[[/note]] caught in the middle[[note]]The punchline reveals to the audience that Superman inadvertently raped the Invisible Man while raping Wonder Woman[[/note]]. Possibly subverted, in that no one laughs. It only acts as foreshadowing of Caine's character.
* DwindlingParty: The proper thing to do when you're trapped in a [[ElaborateUndergroundBase sealed underground laboratory]] with a crazy killer, is to [[TooDumbToLive wander off on your own]]. And if you do manage to strike him down, put your weapon down beside him and turn your back...
* ElaborateUndergroundBase: The lab where experiments take place.
* FromNobodyToNightmare: Caine.
* AGodAmI: Sebastian goes as far as saying "How many times I have to tell you, Frank? You're not God. *I* am." Linda calls this back twice ("You think you're God? I'll show you God!" and "Not God. Not anymore.").
* GenreShift: It starts out in the SciFi category, shifting to {{thriller}} as Caine starts going off the edge.
* HazardousWater: In one sequence, the invisible Sebastian drowns a man in his own pool. His wife, watching from the window, sees her husband in the water but not Caine, but the audience sees a very cool ghostly outline of Caine in the water.
* HotScientist: Elisabeth Shue as a molecular biologist. Sarah, the vet, is pretty hot as well.
* ImpaledWithExtremePrejudice: Fatal and non-fatal, using a crowbar. In [[spoiler:Matt's]] case, it's non-fatal. In the case of [[spoiler: Frank]] however, it's very fatal.
* ImpendingDoomPOV
* InsufferableGenius: Although brilliant, Caine is remarkably arrogant, constantly referring to himself as "God". The other team members barely tolerate it.
* InvisibleJerkass: Caine.
* InvisibleStreaker: Is it still indecent exposure if nobody can see what's exposed?
* {{Invisibility}}
* KickTheDog: "Smash it against the cage wall" actually.
* LightningCanDoAnything: During the climax, [[spoiler:Caine is electrocuted, causing the invisibility to falter slightly, leaving him half-visible, with organs visible]]. A ChekhovsGun is offered earlier in the film, in which the cure for a test gorilla's invisibility only worked after the team used a defibrillator on its heart.
* LockedInAFreezer: [[spoiler: Elizabeth Shue's character (the former girlfriend of Sebastian, the man who is now invisible) and her boyfriend are]] trapped in a freezer. [[spoiler:The boyfriend is unconscious and bleeding severely, so she seals his wounds with duct tape, then rigs a magnetic device out of a defibrillator and assorted objects to open the door (which had been sealed from the outside).]]
* MadeOfIron: At the climax Caine gets burned with a flamethrower and his clothes are set on fire. However, Caine somehow managed to remove all the burning clothing and got through with apparently no injuries.
* MadScientist: Caine.
* ManOnFire: Caine is set on fire during the climax, and quickly learns how ''very'' flammable his latex mask is.
* NameOfCain: [[CaptainObvious Caine.]]
* NightmareSequence: Linda is fast asleep in bed with the windows wide open. Suddenly, the bed covers slip off of her and Caine crawls onto her bed, takes her underwear off, and begins to rape her. And then she wakes up with the bed covers on her.
* NoOSHACompliance: Quite a few. The walk-in freezer which can be locked from the outside (walk-in freezers are always specifically designed NOT to do this, most in fact have doorknobs on both sides if they can even close at all while someone is in it) and the elevator whose emergency brake cannot stop the elevator from falling.
* NotQuiteDead: Quite a few times.
* PainfulTransformation
* PowerPerversionPotential: Made explicit when the invisible Dr. Caine rapes his female neighbor.
* PreMortemOneLiner: "Go to hell." [[spoiler:Said by Linda to Sebastian before she kicks the elevator brake and sends Sebastian falling to his doom.]]
* ProfessorGuineaPig: While the team performed extensive tests on animal subjects, Caine thought the secret to reversing it could be unlocked using a human test subject, nominating himself. This proves to be ill advised.
* RapeIsASpecialKindOfEvil
* RasputinianDeath: During the film's final third, [[spoiler:Sebastian is beaten, burned and electrocuted but keeps coming back]].
* RequiredSecondaryPowers: The first problem is outlined when Caine screams that he can't block the strong ambient lights because his eyelids and arms are invisible. The problem of how he is able to see with invisible retinas is not addressed, but then, [[{{Handwaved}} it never is]].
* SerialKillingsSpecificTarget: In ''Hollow Man 2'', a politician used the fruits of the research from the first movie to turn a SociopathicSoldier into an invisible assassin. The assassin killed off the politician's political rivals, then killed random civilians to make it seem like the work of a serial killer. This is only relevant in the backstory; the main plot revolves around the invisible man becoming even crazier and out of control because of the lethal side effects of the invisibility serum.
* VillainProtagonist: Caine.
* VisibleInvisibility: Even Caine's vomit is invisible.
* WhatYouAreInTheDark / {{GIFT}}: Sebastian concludes that he might as well [[spoiler:[[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking molest, rape, kill people, and scare children]]]] if he can escape the consequences by being invisible.
-->'''Sebastian''': It's amazing what you can do when you don't have to look at yourself in the mirror.
* WithDueRespect:
--> '''Sebastian:''' Well, your objections have been duly noted and summarily overruled. \\
'''Sarah:''' Yes, Sir! \\
'''Sebastian:''' How come when you say "Yes, Sir" it kinda sounds like "Fuck you!" \\
'''Sarah:''' Practice!
* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: Of the "most likely intentional for the sake of horror" variety, The woman who Caine raped is never seen or really mentioned again. The remainder of Caine's descent into madness can be viewed in different ways, based on whether or not he killed her (there's little evidence either way). Although, a draft of the script reveals that the woman was just raped.
* WithGreatPowerComesGreatInsanity: Caine was a bit off-kilter to start, but when his visibility went, so did his inhibitions.
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