The Invasion Reviews
I love running away movies, the fear of getting caught is a pretty cool rush and this has got a good dose of 'Let's get the heck out of here!'
During this alien flick you will experience a state of mental uncertainty and excitement as decisions are accompanied by a degree of apprehension and anxiety.
Surprisingly good. I wasn't in the mood for anything and caught this on TV 'cause I was too lazy to move. Its funny, before I rated this movie, it had a big red 'NOT INTERESTED' and now its got a 3.5 rating which is pretty good in my books.
The plot was about as predictable as it could be. Any suspense that I felt was solely based on my reluctance to see anyone's mouth or beverage vomited in. There were no thrills and no chills, but lots of boredom.
This film has holes, a totally unnecessary final chase scene, and some questionable editing however... there are moments when you can really feel the claustrophobic nature of the subject matter, and at it's core is once again (as in I Am Legend) wether the hive mentality is an aborration or possibly the next step in evolution. Unfortunately, it is a bit heavy handed here - choosing to hit you over the head with the "message" instead of letting it evolve into our consciousness.
Surely not as creepy as the Sutherland version, this still managed to carry off the suspicion "is he one of them".
I also thoroughly enjoyed Roger Reese of the Royal Shakespear Company as the Russian ambassador, accent totally spot on.
A mysterious, mind-altering epidemic has infected humankind, and when a Washington, D.C. psychiatrist discovers that the outbreak seems to be extraterrestrial in origin, she struggles to save her son from infection in this sci-fi thriller starring Nicole Kidman and Daniel Craig, and directed by Oliver Hirschbiegel (Das Experiment). The space shuttle has crashed, and investigators assigned to explore the wreckage have found something unimaginable in the debris -- something from the deepest reaches of outer space. Everyone who comes into contact with it soon begins to transform in ways that can't be explained by modern science. While their physical appearance remains completely unaltered, their emotions seem to be drained and their actions become strangely inhuman. The only people who know the truth about this extraterrestrial epidemic are Washington, D.C. psychiatrist Carol Bennell (Kidman) and her longtime friend Dr. Ben Driscoll (Craig). It seems that the alien virus attacks people in their sleep, and by the time they awaken, the transformation has already taken place. The contagion is spreading rapidly, and as more people fall victim to its eerie effects by the hour, it becomes impossible to differentiate the infected from those who can still be trusted. When Carol realizes that her young son may hold the only hope for saving the human race, she struggles to remain awake long enough to find the boy and prevent planet Earth from becoming host to a terrifying new breed of extraterrestrials. Based on the book The Body Snatchers by Jack Finney, The Invasion was written by David Kajganich and co-stars Jeffrey Wright and Jeremy Northam.
If you were one of those who complained at the way "War of the Worlds" ended wait until you watch this movie. It gives "movies with happy, convenient and easy endings" a bad name. Why make us go through so much if at the end all they're going to say is: "everybody took their vaccine and got cured, roll the credits" ? The cast of this movie is pretty good but unfortunately its biggest weakness is that it is not very scary. After some 30 years I still haven't forgotten the very last scene of the second version with Donald Sutherland pointing his finger at Brook Adams. Good luck trying to remember this version's ending in a couple of weeks. It could and should have been much, much better.
man: Don't show emotion, then they can't tell who's who.
Here is the fourth version of the Body Snatchers novel, it stars Nicole Kidman and Daniel Craig and could have been so much better. A bad case of having a better trailer than movie.
It was directed by Oliver Hirschbiegel, who made some fame with the film Downfall, and was brought in for his creative process on this new remake. When his version was turned in, the studios felt it was to smart with not enough oomph, and so the solution was to bring in the Wachowski brothers to rewrite some parts of the script and their protege James McTiegue to direct the re-shoots. The results are okay, and leave me to wonder what the original cut will look like, which will probably be seen eventually on DVD
Note: never mind the last sentence.
This version involves a spaceship crash landing back onto earth, with some contaminated materials.
Enter Jeremy Northam, who has a good creepy but non-threatening look, as a G-man in charge of investigating the crash. He of course comes in contact with a sample and...change occurs.
Nicole Kidman plays Northam's ex-wife, a psychologist along with her doctor friend played by Daniel Craig.
Slowly a "flu" starts to take hold of the cities, and people start to change...
The problem with this movie is that it plays like a video game version of the novel. With heavy scenes of exposition leading to the added-in action scenes.
It's clear where the Wachowski stuff is, because it involves speeches similar to the kind of dialog the Architect would deliver, dealing with the state of the world and being somewhat preachy, as well as a number of moments where actions are dictated and done at the same time.
Its annoying because there is not a real build up to much of the creepiness or action. There is no real suspicion of possible alien threats, its just clear from the start that aliens are taking over. Plus, when they do, we don't get any sense of a plan, they just take over and start acting like zombies. Much of the story structure is questionable, I mean Nicole Kidman is both married to the lead alien drone and the mother of the one person who is immune, that's bad storytelling.
There are a few good moments, possibly hinting at the directors original ideas. There is also a lot of style to the film as a whole along with a good score, which fits well to having the slickness of video game cut scenes.
My other main gripe comes from the ending. Without spoiling things, I'll just say it seems too easy.
What does help is the actors. Nicole Kidman does a good job, despite some audible moments of her accent changing. Daniel Craig has a good amount of charisma playing other roles, which will help not solidify him as Bond for life. Jeffrey Wright is in a plot advancing role which would be bad accept for the fact that he's Jeffrey Wright. And even the actor playing Kidman's son is pretty good.
Even with a lot of the obvious problems, this is still a decently made and good looking, sci-fi flick, that works well for summer audiences, despite the unfortunate need to spice it up with action scenes and clunky exposition.
Tucker: When you wake up, you'll feel exactly the same.