The Puppet Masters Reviews
In Ambrose, Iowa a strange space craft lands from outer space filled with strange creatures. Initially, the residents do not take the space craft seriously; however, when the aliens start latching onto humans and using them as puppets the government arrives and tries to contain the outbreak. Can the government with the aid of several locals contain the outbreak?
"So if the two of you are getting shot at which bullet do I take?"
Stuart Orme, director of Ghostboat, The Lost World, Sleeper, Heaven on Earth, and The Heist, delivers The Puppet Masters. The storyline for this picture was standard for the alien invasion genre and was a direct rip-off of the body snatcher movies. The special effects were solid for the time period and the acting was average. The cast includes Donald Sutherland, Eric Thal, Julie Warner, Will Patton, Keith David, and Yaphet Kotto.
"If you don't get too close they'll think you're one of them."
I found the Puppet Master while looking at Donald Sutherland pictures and decided to give it a shot since we are so close to Halloween. Overall, there are some cool special effects and kill scenes scattered throughout this picture but there is not enough original content to give this a higher score than a five.
"He sounds like he wants to fuck the thing."
The Puppet Masters is a 1951 science fiction novel by Robert A. Heinlein in which American secret agents battle parasitic invaders from outer space.
This, The Puppet Masters, is a 1994 science fiction film, adapted by Ted Elliott, Terry Rossio, and David S. Goyer from Robert A. Heinlein's novel of the same title, in which a trio of American government agents attempts to thwart a covert invasion of Earth by mind-controlling alien parasites. The film was directed by Stuart Orme and stars Donald Sutherland, Andrew Robinson, Keith David, Julie Warner, and Eric Thal.
A water seeking alien comes to Earth to suck us dry. From the beginning, we sense only with our eyes that we know whats going on before it has to be revealed. Dead givaways are everywhere.
Will most likely engross kids and some naive adults. Nevertheless, this film has its moments. The laugher of course, is when an official displays everything that is known about aliens since the fifties.....on a floppy disk!
Well, it doesn't take but 30 minutes into the film when everyone is attacking everyone. But Donald Sutherland keeps going with his cane. The whole movie is progressively about this alien being that works through just about everyone.
The film ultimately SINKS about the 40 minute mark. We then discover our best defense agent is an alien and then approaches the President.
Not my type of genre, but will leave it to you to decide. My suggestion is to watch instead Encounters of the Third Kind with Richard Dreyfuss in a very real encounter, not this.
Directed by Stuart Orme
Written by Robert A. Heinlein (novel)
David S. Goyer
Narrated by Christopher Britton
Starring Donald Sutherland
Distributed by Hollywood Pictures
Release date(s) 1994
Running time 109 min.