The Puppet Masters (1994)
Average Rating: 4.9/10
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Average Rating: 3.9/10
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Robert A. Heinlein's 1951 novel The Puppet Masters comes to the screen 43 years later. Sharp-eyed viewers will recognize similarities to Invasion of the Body Snatchers, but Heinlein's book came first. Parasitic space aliens invade the Midwest, taking over the bodies of humans and manipulating these unfortunates to do their bidding. US security agent Donald Sutherland and his team of troubleshooters attempt to squash the extraterrestrial scheme before everyone in the world is turned into Howdy
Oct 21, 1994 Wide
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William Wellman Jr.
Eric Briant Wells
Michael Shamus Wiles
John C. Cooke
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Only the most undiscriminating monster-pic buff will come away satisfied.
There's no suspense (ETs rampage from the word go); no frissons (loud hailers telegraph the shocks); and it's insufficiently bright to be an hommage.
A choppy, unsuspenseful succession of chases, melodramatic showdowns and routine special effects.
The Puppet Masters occasionally lives up to its reputation, but the delay between story conception and celluloid conversion has clearly wilted its power and potential.
Attempts at detailed characterization don't work particularly well, and there's a love story that feels as forced as it is superfluous - although even that isn't as unnecessary as the film's final ten minutes.
Despite accomplished special effects and a coolly intelligent script, this paranoid thriller never follows through on its eerie promise.
...generally as far-fetched and overwrought as its 1950s sci-fi brethren.
Not bad if you can get past the "Invasion of the Plot Snatchers" set-up.
its story logic is solid, its science is satisfying and its thrills are nerve-wracking
Some movies with great potential can be ruined or denied their greatness by a single detail.
The special effects are low-budget, but effective. The creatures are disgustingly realistic.
Undiscriminating fans of the genre will probably not be terribly disappointed, but this is certainly familiar territory.
This movie is so wonderfully archaic and reminiscent of 1950s alien invasion stories that one cannot help but like it -- despite rather lacklustre directing.
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