Monday, 14 October 2013

Griff the Invisible

Lowdown: It’s not easy being a modern day Sydney superhero.
Would you believe there is a living breathing superhero in contemporary Sydney, or at least in 2010 Sydney when Griff the Invisible was released?
That superhero Griff (Ryan Kwanten) is something special. During the day is a lowly accountant, a nerd that’s routinely abused by the guys he shares office space with. At night, however, our lone wolf tracks the dodgy with the latest equipment, puts on his G suit, turns invisible at will, and beats the crap out of all those who mean harm. Alas, police as well as residents treat our Griff like a vigilante: instead of being thankful they are scared; instead of welcoming his actions they hunt him down.
Things get more complex when his brother Tim (Patrick Brammall, recently on ABC TV via Upper Middle Bogan) comes to town and visits Griff; but he cannot be allowed to know too much. Even worse, when Tim introduces Griff to Melody (Maeve Dermody), the girl he recently met, Griff can immediately tell she sees right through him. How can a superhero perform under such conditions?
Quickly we find out there is more to Griff than meets the eye. As in, this movie about a superhero with amazing invisibility capabilities is more than just a superhero movie. I won’t go into details and ruin it for you, but at the bottom line Griff the Invisible is a movie that tells us it is alright to be different. Perhaps even much better than simply being ordinary.
In order to deliver its message, Griff the Invisible employs the eccentric and the dark. There are a lot of bullshit statements being aired to the level of plain weirdness, and the whole thing is obviously a low budget affair. Does it matter? Well, if you’re going in expecting some sort of an Australian answer to Batman and Superman, you will be severely disappointed. If, however, yours is an open mind willing to take in a bit of the eccentric, Griff the Invisible can be quite charming. A film that dares going where most others won’t. A movie that shows the superhero theme can take viewers much further than it usually does.
Overall: Granted, Griff the Invisible is weird. But why should that be a problem? 3 out of 5 stars.

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