Hollow Man 2

Hollow Man 2

name = Hollow Man 2

caption =
writer = Joel Soisson
Jeb Stewart
starring = Christian Slater
Peter Facinelli
Laura Regan
director = Claudio Fäh
producer = David Lancaster
Vicki Sotheran
Douglas Wick
distributor = Sony Pictures Entertainment
released = May 23 2006 (DVD Release)
runtime =
language = English
budget = | preceded_by = "Hollow Man"
amg_id = 1:344683
imdb_id = 0469916 |

"Hollow Man 2" is a science fiction thriller film starring Christian Slater, and directed by Claudio Fäh. It was released direct to video on May 23, 2006 with the tag line "There's More to Terror Than Meets The Eye". It is the sequel to "Hollow Man".

While Hollow Man took inspiration from H. G. Wells' The Invisible Man, "Hollow Man 2" was loosely inspired by Jules Verne's "The Secret of Wilhelm Storitz".


At a plush cocktail party at Reisner Institute, a government think-tank based in Redmond, WA, the guests and scientists present are enjoying themselves. One such scientist, Dylan, suddenly begins to become manipulated by an invisible force, which creates a scene to the guests and drags the scientist into the nearby bathroom and proceeds to brutally beat and throw Dylan around the room. Dylan apparently knows who it is, and begs the invisible man not to kill him, as he "doesn't have it", but the invisible man persists as he's "getting worse" and he's "running out of time". Though he does not know how to make more, Dylan mentions that another scientist, Maggie Dalton, knows the formula. Seemingly accepting this, the invisible man releases Dylan and tells him not to tell anyone he was here, to which he agrees. No sooner has he left, than Dylan attempts to call someone on his cell phone, but the invisible man, who only pretended to leave to see if Dylan would stay silent, smashes the phone on the ground, and slashes Dylan's neck with the broken faceplate, killing him.

The police arrive at the laboratory to conduct an investigation, but the military supervisor of the laboratory, Colonel Gavin Bishop, insists it is an internal military situation and the police have no jurisdiction over the crime, and refuses to relent even when one of the detectives, Frank Turner, points out that they have no experience conducting a proper criminal investigation.

Fearing another attack on the remaining scientists, the lab company owner, Doctor William Reisner, employs Turner and his partner, Detective Lisa Martinez, to protect Maggie (despite the military forcing the police out of the investigation), but refuses to divulge any information to the detectives on the nature of the work they are doing, which includes refusing to tell them that an invisible killer is on the loose.

Turner and Lisa, after gaining Maggie's reluctant cooperation, stand guard outside of Maggie's house. The invisible man watches from inside a nearby bedroom window where a teenage couple are working on a home sex video. Spotted by the night-vision camera, he leaves the room and heads outside. When Lisa opens the door to let the cat in, the invisible man takes advantage of the distraction to sneak past Lisa into the house. Just as the invisible man reaches the study where Maggie is working, Lisa, having sensed something wrong, traces the source to the invisible man, who uses a lamp-wire to throttle her. Maggie and Turner promptly race to Lisa's aid, but it is too late.

Suddenly, a large battalion of military commandos appears and storms the house, grabbing Turner and Maggie, and use night-vision cameras and weapons to target and corner the invisible man inside the study. Outside, Turner confronts Bishop, as he has realised that he and Lisa were nothing more than pawns, to bait to lure the invisible man to the house where the commandos were to terminate him to prevent the lab's work was exposed. Suddenly, several signal flares are set off by the invisible man around the house, blinding the commando's sensors and, combined with his own invisibility, the man escapes in pursuit of Turner and Maggie. Closely pursued, Turner and Maggie force their way down a crowded street and run across a busy road. The man is poised to catch up to them, but a speeding car strikes the man. Badly injured, the man reluctantly retreats to his abandoned apartment and injects himself with a mysterious liquid that disguises his now-visible wounds.

Maggie is taken into protective custody by the police, where Frank's superior and friend; Captain Tom Harrison, though sympathetic with Turner's desire for revenge, has received "higher orders" to have Maggie transferred to military custody and then intends to let the case go. Disgusted with his friend's attitude, especially when he knows Tom knows who the invisible man was, helps Maggie escape from the police stations and, after stealing a car, flee together. When safe, Turner demands to know everything, as he wants to know more about the invisible man for the purpose of avenging Lisa's death.

Meanwhile, Bishop and Reisner, knowing their work and careers would end if Maggie talks, make Turner into a fugitive.

Maggie does indeed relent and tells the whole story: Five years before, a team of molecular biologists broke the code for human invisibility, but almost overnight something went seriously wrong and all but two of the team were killed, and as such, the program was scrapped. One year later, the Reisner Institute was contracted by the Pentagon to restart the experiments, with covert funding from the Department of Defense, and the operations was codenamed "Silent Knight", and the idea was to create the ultimate national security weapon: an undetectable soldier. Reisner managed to reproduce the original test results, but a flaw in the invisibility code was found; The serum turns human tissue invisible, but it also has horrible side effects. Simply put, the serum allows light to pass directly through a person. The radiation damages the cells and causes physical and mental degradation, and over time, it kills them. Maggie was called in to correct the defects, and developed a compound to protect a person from the radiation, which was called "The Buffer".

Eventually the project was cleared for human testing, and one specific soldier, Michael Griffin, a highly-distinguished Special Forces operative and Bishop's protege, and served in Afghanistan, Iran and Iraq (where he was also disgraced for committing war crimes) and happily volunteered for the opportunity to become the first invisible soldier for the United States Army. The test to turn him invisible succeeded and the results were favorable, but when the Buffer was injected into Griffin's system, it somehow failed and Griffin suddenly died and Maggie was fired for failing. Maggie believes Griffin faked his own death so he can use his powers without restraint, but needs the antidote to the radiation before he dies.

Back at the Institute, Reisner and Bishop argue that Turner is not the only threat out there...there's also Griffin, but Bishop insists he can bring him in, as he knows Griffin has always worked on the "edge of anarchy" and when he goes into combat he "goes deep" and "goes black". Reisner pointedly asks why would he listen to him, Bishop says "he's still a soldier and I'm still his CO", but reluctantly agrees with Reisner to not let Griffin get the Buffer or Maggie.

Maggie receives a text message from an unknown stranger, named Ludlow, and explains to Turner that Ludlow has been contacting her over the last several weeks, giving her warnings and subtle pieces of advice about the program. Needing a way to fight Griffin, Turner uses his street contacts to find Ludlow's hiding place, and Turner and Maggie eventually find him and discover Ludlow, previously known as Timothy Laurents, was a soldier enlisted into the program before Griffin but after the first one (Sebastien Caine), and as such he fled the program, but due to the radiation is slowly dying (already with three rare cancers, any number of failing organs and a permanent intolerance to light, and he's "just a little more dead" every day).

Ludlow has been keeping track of Griffin, and reveals the true story to his supposed "death" and the program itself: Operation Silent Knight was never about national security, but political security, and as such Griffin wasn't given the Buffer on purpose, as Bishop and Reisner wished to use Griffin to assassinate the United States Government's political enemies (Beginning with Senator Paul Hayes; Died of acute asthmatic asphyxiation on April 21st, though his bedside inhaler, mere centimeters away, remained untouched. Next, Ninth-Circuit Judge Wyatt Jennings; Died of broken neck when his "clumsy feet" caused him to fall down the courthouse staircase on April 27th, despite countless witnesses. Next, Retired-CIA Operations Chief Warren Eshingburge; Died of drowning after falling of his fishing boat). Griffin's victim's then became more "randomized", and as such Griffin has begun targeting ordinary civilians; such as a soccer coach, a truck driver, an investment banker etc. all over the last two weeks in the North Western United States. Griffin must be stopped.

Meanwhile, Griffin makes his way through the Institute, murdering all the army guards in his way (sparing a blind worker) and proceeds to take Bishop hostage. Bishop attempts to reason with his protege, as Griffin no longer needs Maggie and he can get Griffin the buffer if he turns himself in. Griffin, however, doesn't trust him as to him, Bishop betrayed Griffin and let the program destroy him. Bishop, getting desperate, shouts that if it wasn't for his support, Griffin would have been court-martialed for what he did in Iraq, and stabs him with a pen. Griffin responds by stabbing Bishop with the same pen in the eye, killing him, and locates Ludlow on Bishop's PC. Griffin soon arrives at Ludlow's hideout, and attacks Turner, but Ludlow saves him, but Griffin, in a lightning maneuver, snaps Ludlow's neck in turn. Turner and Maggie use this distraction to escape.

Griffin decides to make them return, by kidnapping Heather Dalton, Maggie's sister. Realising they have no choice, they reluctantly go to the train station where Griffin is hiding. Griffin silently captures Maggie, and proceeds to try to turn her invisible so he can escape unnoticed, but Turner interrupts him just in time. After a short fistfight, Griffin escapes with Maggie as his prisoner, and Turner is left at the mercy of Reisner and his guards, who have come pursuing Griffin.

Reisner pursues an invisible force outside, but is soon captured and held in a wrist-lock. Thinking it's Griffin, Reisner says he can have the Buffer sent to them within 15 minutes and asks him to surrender, addressing him as "Michael". The figure replies "I'm not Michael". It's Turner, who used Griffin's discarded syringe to hide from Reisner's guards. Reisner, upon being released by Turner, backs away from him too far and is hit by a speeding car, and is killed.

Griffin takes Maggie to her old college laboratory, so that she can create the buffer for him. After Maggie supposedly makes enough to save his life, Griffin, still suspecting foul play, forces Maggie to inject herself with it first, to make sure is isn't fake. After proving it won't kill him, Griffin injects himself with another dose of "Buffer". With his survival assured, Griffin, wanting to make sure his secret will "stay" secret, tries to kill Maggie, but Turner attacks and knocks Griffin out of the laboratory window just before he can. Turner runs outside to see if Griffin died, but he survived and Griffin attacks him and knocks Turner unconscious. With no one left to help her, Griffin tries to kill Maggie again, but stops when he finds he is slowly turning visible. Maggie reveals to a shocked Griffin that he has, indeed, been poisoned as "Buffer" is based on rat poison, and Maggie deliberately left the doses she made from the poison just toxic enough to kill them both, and passes out. Enraged, Griffin takes a shovel and attempts to kill Maggie with it, but a now-conscious Turner stops him and knocks him to the ground.

At his mercy, Griffin asks "Do you feel it yet, Turner? What it does to you?" as he wants to know if Turner will end up like him. Turner calmly replies "Not Yet", and stabs and kills Griffin with the shovel. Turner looks down at Griffin's bloodied corpse, thinks, and then says "Yeah, now I feel it". Turner gathers Maggie in his arms and then carries her away for medical attention to the poison, leaving Griffin's body outside in the rain.

A few days later, Maggie is recovering in hospital and is poised to be released. Heather tells Maggie that Turner hasn't been found yet. Maggie insists that Turner will come back to her, as he knows she needs him. Outside her window, both girls are being watched by an invisible man in a hood, Turner, who proceeds to walk away.


*Christian Slater as Michael Griffin/Hollow Man 2
*Peter Facinelli as Det. Frank Turner/Hollow Man 3
*Laura Regan as Dr. Maggie Dalton
*David McIlwraith as Dr. William Reisner
*William MacDonald as Col. Gavin Bishop
*Sarah Deakins as Det. Lisa Martinez
*Jessica Harmon as Heather Dalton
*Sonya Salomaa as Trophy Wife
*Terri Anne Welyki as Pearl Girl
*John Shaw as Dr. Devin Villiers


*Griffin is the name of the original "Invisible Man" of the novel written by H. G. Wells.
*There were only 250 visual effects shots in the whole film, and 80 of them were simply wire removals.
*During the final battle between the two "Hollow Men", Turner kills Griffin with a shovel/spade. In H. G. Wells' novel "The Invisible Man", the invisible villain Griffin is also beaten to death with objects including a shovel.
*During the flashback of Michael Griffin undergoing the experiment, the scenes of his body parts vanishing are in fact scenes from the original "Hollow Man" film during Sebastian Caine's (Kevin Bacon) transformation.Fact|date=September 2008

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