"Starring Christian Slater's voice as an invisible solider lunatic dude."
Paul Verhoeven's "Hollow Man" didn't exactly take the world by storm, but the flick apparently sold enough DVDs to warrant this (much) lower-budgeted direct-to-video sequel. And while it's not even up to the meager standards of the first entry, Claudio Faeh's "Hollow Man 2" delivers just enough B-movie sci-fi slickness to warrant a rental ... provided you didn't outright hate the first flick."In name only" is the phrase of the day here, as Hollow Man 2 has next to nothing to do with the first entry. This time around we have Christian Slater's voice as a psychotic inviso-man who also happens to be a former solider extraordinaire. In an effort to combat the side effects of the inviso-serum (apparently it makes you decay or something), Michael Griffin must track down the team of scientists who dabble in high-tech transparency ... and kill them all. (I think.)
Let's just say that Joel Soisson's screenplay is not the main selling point of Hollow Man 2. The plot is convoluted and the flick's not edited particularly well -- but the basics are laid down with just enough clarity to keep things decipherable. Basically, it goes like this: Inviso Psycho is chasing Lady Scientist ... who is sticking close to Hero Cop ... who is being framed by Evil Politician ... who wants to kill Inviso Psycho. Imagine Memoirs of an Invisible Man with fewer intentional laughs (and some extra unintentional ones) and you're close to getting what Hollow Man 2 is all about.
Christian Slater gets top billing, despite having maybe 91 seconds of screen time. Hero Cop is played by the less-expensive Tom Cruise (Peter Facinelli), and Lady Scientist is portrayed by the expressionless Laura Regan. The principals do what they can to breathe some life into the proceedings, but it's pretty clear that the special effects are the star of Hollow Man 2 -- some of which are surprisingly cool (a final rain-shower battle between two Inviso Men is pretty slick indeed) while others are hilariously cheap-looking.