Invasion of the Body Snatchers Reviews
There were moments were I couldnt help but think of John Carpenters The Thing, mainly because the grotesque effects have a similar aesthetic, but also because I missed the tension and the horror that that film provided, all because the characters and situations in Invasion of the Body Snatchers arent nearly as interesting or emotional as the obvious paranoia subtext believes them to be.
What an amazing soundtrack. The use of strings contrasted with eerie and ominous synth sounds, makes for a very interesting collage of sounds. That one pulsating sound is one of the most unnerving and uneasy sounds I've heard come from a synth.
Right from the get go, I knew this was going to be one creepy movie. The scene with the priest swinging on a swing set was already something that made me question everything that was about to unfold in the movie. The San Francisco setting makes it lovely to watch. I wish to one day, visit this amazing city.
Donald Sutherland is always fun to watch. He has this very nonchalant and cool way of doing things while acting that makes for a very interesting and entertaining watch. His charm is also very contagious. Brooke Adams is so cute and lovely. Seeing a lightning quick cameo of Martin Scorsese was awesome. Could barely make out who it was but with a beard like that, impossible to not recognize. I think there was even a 2001: Space Odyssey reference when Sutherland's character says, "David, your killing me".
What a terrifying feeling it must be to be to know that people are changing and their not their usual selves. I think it's pretty clever how the garbage men are the ones who take away the bodies. The pod scene in the backyard was one of the most terrifying, uneasy, and uncomfortable scenes to watch. Who knew birth could be so fucking twisted. The part with the dog that has the face of a man, pretty fucked up stuff. Left me scarred.
The camera work and cinematography is wonderful. It compliments what is being shown and makes a scene or shot that much more interesting to watch. The use of lighting is brilliant in this movie. Reminds me a lot of The Exorcist. The special effects were great.
What a great twist at the end. While your watching it, you're not really sure of the situation but when you hear the shriek at the end, everything comes to a terrifyingly twisty conclusion.
Overall, brilliant film. Wonderfully written and acted with a terrifying story that reminds us that what makes us human, are our emotions and our care ad love for one another. Once that is gone, we're pretty much alien to this world.
I see an allegory to the feeling imperialism creates - nationalism, ethnic cleansing -- you slowly become the silent minority. We get a sense of how it feels to be on the run, society's target; a Holocaust Jew. To be paralyzed by society's stronghold this way. Like the Borg, all that's left is to assimilate.
What better plot device than a food inspector as the hero in a story about combating invading microbes?! He goes from pulling rat shit out of a French kitchen soup to swinging off rafters, tearing down a warehouse, playing undercover alien, etc. That's a protagonist!
The one hour mark of any movie is a particularly special point, whether it's the shark appearing in Jaws, Silva's reveal in Skyfall... In this film it's gathering acceptance from Leonard Nimoy, which instantly turns on us as we realize he is with the other possessed males. Is he an alien? Has he never not been Mirror Universe Spock all along? We learn this as he walks out of building 227, which is Sutherland's home.
There's such an air of mystery here, the flowers, their purpose, everything involved with this alien invasion. How is it happening, and why? Why is it happening this way and what are the men's role? There's a terrific level of conspiratorial guessing, it's exciting. The birth of Body Snatcher's must've inspired Peter Jackson's Uruk Hai growing from tree roots in Lord of the Rings, like butterflies emerging from cocoons - are their screeches used as sound bites for Black Riders?
Insanity conquers the Earth, and a helpless female is all that hopelessly remains. Not even our hero can survive. We know she'll be the only sane person left in a world gone mad. This film raises questions of infections, particularly the psychological, in which the values of one culture are diminished in favor of its opposite, and how it trickles down and invades the individual.