->''"You know what, Matt? 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, Creator/KevinBacon, and Creator/JoshBrolin 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 UsefulNotes/AcademyAward for Visual Effects in 2000. The direct-to-video sequel, ''Hollow Man 2'', was released in 2006.

Not to be mistaken with Creator/JohnDicksonCarr's Literature/DrGideonFell novel ''The Hollow Man'', also known as ''Three Coffins'', or with Creator/DanSimmons' novel also called ''The Hollow Man''. Or the Creator/TSEliot poem "The Hollow Men".
!! ''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.
* AnkleDrag: Caine grabs Linda by the ankle in the elevator shaft.
* 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 megalomaniac tendencies begin to emerge.
* BadassLongcoat: Linda's calf-length leather jacket.
* BadPeopleAbuseAnimals: Caine killed a dog in a fit of rage, after he found out about Linda and Matt's relationship.
* BlackComedyRape: Caine tells a well-known joke about {{Superman}} and WonderWoman, with the Invisible Man [[note]]Maybe it was the ComicBook/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.
* BlackDudeDiesFirst: [[spoiler:Janice is the first of the main characters to die in Caine's rampage.]]
* BodyHorror: The incredibly-detailed transformation sequence.
* BodyInABreadbox: The team finds [[spoiler:Janice]] dead in a locker.
* [[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.
* CollapsingLair: The ElaborateUndergroundBase gets destroyed in the film's finale.
* 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,
* ConvenientlyTimedAttackFromBehind: When Caine is strangling Linda in the corridor, Matthew comes from behind and hits Caine with a metal bar JustInTime before Linda runs out of air.
* CursedWithAwesome: Caine... ''adjusted'' to invisibility.
* DesignStudentsOrgasm: The credits sequence.
* DisneyVillainDeath: [[spoiler:Sebastian, onto a [[KillItWithFire burning elevator shaft]].]]
* 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.
* FanDisservice: We do get to see Sarah's exposed breasts, but given that it's when Caine is molesting her while she's asleep, its deeply disturbing.
%%* 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
* ImStandingRightHere: Inverted. Caine's coworkers are finishing lunch and chatting about what they'd do if they were invisible (or what they think Sebastian Caine would do), complete with misgivings about the project, this experiment, and so on. After they've all left, one empty chair turns and rolls back from the table, [[ParanoiaFuel exactly as if, say, an invisible man had just stood up from it.]]
* 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}}
* KillerGorilla: The beginning of the movie has an invisible and vicious gorilla.
* 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: Linda and Matt are]] trapped in a freezer. [[spoiler:Matt 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.
** [[spoiler:Although considering he's entirely invisible, including his body fluids (earlier he was shown vomiting into a toilet, but his vomit was also invisible) and his slight re-visualization at the climax never goes further than his muscles, it's quite possible that he does in fact have some 1st or 2nd degree burns, with either insanity or adrenaline helping him ignore the pain.]]
%%* MadScientist: Caine.
* MagicCountdown: The elevator tumbling down the shaft at the end takes extremely long to arrive at the heroes.
* ManOnFire: Caine is set on fire during the climax, and quickly learns how ''very'' flammable his latex mask is.
* NameOfCain: [[CaptainObvious Caine.]]
* NeckSnap: Caine offs [[spoiler:Sarah]] this way.
* 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).
** The elevator whose emergency brake cannot stop the elevator from falling.
** An underground laboratory, full of hazardous chemicals, with only one exit. Which is an elevator ...
%%* NotQuiteDead: Quite a few times.
%%* PainfulTransformation
* PowerPerversionPotential: Implied when Caine and Linda (when they were a couple) apparently had conversations about what it would be like to have sex with/while invisible. 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.]]
** "You know ... I've always admired your feistiness." [[spoiler:Said by Caine to Sarah before killing her with a NeckSnap]].
* 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.
* RapeAsDrama: Sebastian rapes a woman he spies on while invisible, and fondles Sarah's breast and pinches her nipple while she's asleep in her chair (making her think it was just an {{erotic dream}} at first).
* 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]].
* SanitySlippage: Caine was an egomaniac to begin with, who elected to try the serum out himself for nebulous reasons, but mostly because he thought it would be fun. After the reversion serum doesn't work, he's stuck being invisible, and ever-more difficult experiments are attempted to revert him. Finally, he goes completely nuts, indulging in all his darkest impulses. Lampshaded by Matt.
-->'''Matt''': Was it the serum that fucked you up, or was it the power?
* SeeTheInvisible: The invisibility process doesn't stop Caine from showing up on thermal cameras. He is also accidentally revealed just prior to an attack by the smoke from his victim's cigarette. In the climax, the heroes throw around paint to try and make him visible, or at least make sure his footprints show up.
* SensorSuspense: The team makes extensive use of heat sensors when trying to locate Caine inside the underground lab.
* 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.
* SlowMotionFall: [[spoiler:Caine during his DisneyVillainDeath, falling down the elevator shaft in slow motion.]]
* TelepathicSprinklers: Downplayed. When Linda triggers the sprinkler to make Caine visible, all other sprinklers in the corridor get activated as well.
%%* 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 and a deleted scene reveals that the woman was only raped.
* WhiteShirtOfDeath: [[spoiler:Sarah]] wears a bright blouse when meeting her destiny in a pool of blood.
* WithGreatPowerComesGreatInsanity: Caine was a bit off-kilter to start, but when his visibility went, so did his inhibitions.
* XRaySparks: When Caine accidentally touches some live wires in the corridor, his skeleton is flashing for a short moment as he convulses in pain.