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The Invasion Reviews

November 18, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
August 25, 2007
It falls far short as an effective sci-fi thriller, not to mention the brainy political allegory it's determined to be.
August 20, 2007
There's much to recommend here. But there are too many inconsistencies.
August 17, 2007
Opting for car chases instead of the thought-provoking ideas of its predecessors, the film looks like the work of, if not pod people, folks who gave up any kind of passion for the material long before the cameras started to roll.
Read More | Original Score: C-
August 17, 2007
The latest and lamest version of Invasion of the Body Snatchers might have been an accidental camp classic if its politics weren't so abhorrent and the movie didn't try to hide its ineptitude behind a veil of pomposity.
Read More | Original Score: 1/5
August 17, 2007
Nicole Kidman's character struggles to stay awake -- as will the audience.
Read More | Original Score: 1/4
August 17, 2007
Next time the aliens come invading, they may want to pass the brains, hold the lecture.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
August 17, 2007
We'll have to wait until the inevitable director's cut DVD to find out what Hirschbiegel really wanted to say. It would have to be a whole lot more interesting than this accidental agit-prop, which equates pacifism with mindlessness.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
August 17, 2007
The Invasion connects on a gut level in two ways, political and existential.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
August 17, 2007
The Invasion has a few things to offer both summer-movie audiences and more thoughtful film buffs.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
August 17, 2007
There is nothing here to be taken seriously, let alone fear.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
August 17, 2007
The elegant presence of Kidman and Craig helps ease the inanities of the script.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
August 17, 2007
Resistance is futile -- unless your screenplay can offer pat, absurd plot turns.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
August 17, 2007
It might have been nice to see Hirschbiegel's original concept play out. As it is, the film's essential eeriness gets mashed into Hollywood hogwash.
Full Review | Original Score: C
August 17, 2007
There have been two official remakes of Invasion, and both tapped into the original's fear and dread of a society subverted by the others. This one taps only into that part of the brain that shuts down when confronted with witless tedium.
Read More | Original Score: 1/4
August 17, 2007
If you're familiar with the earlier films, The Invasion is even less satisfying.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
August 17, 2007
The movie offers plenty of smarts and imaginative distractions to counter the stacking of improbabilities.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
August 17, 2007
[It] may not be a patch on the original, but it does have a few things the other versions lack: a nonstop lurching pace propelled by jump cuts and flash-forwards, Nicole Kidman as the hero... and a bitter kind of satiric irony leaking around the edges.
August 17, 2007
In the way that certain baseball games become pitchers' duels, some movies are cutting-room battles.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
August 17, 2007
If the first three movies served as parables for their times, this one keeps shooting off parable rockets that fizzle out. How many references in the same movie can you have to the war in Iraq and not say anything about it?
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
August 17, 2007
A movie that is ultimately a soulless clone of a vibrant original and, thus, a splendidly dull example of the very forces it warns us against -- the forces of grey and passion-sapping conformity.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
August 16, 2007
Except for one terrifically adroit sequence in a subway, there is nothing understated about The Invasion.
August 16, 2007
Gratuitously violent [and] soullessly brain dead.
August 16, 2007
The Invasion is mostly about delivering thrills, and chills, and this it does with moderate success and a bunch of fast, no-nonsense edits.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
August 16, 2007
The script doesn't find ways to comment on our fearful times.
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
August 16, 2007
Still effectively creepy and surprisingly unnerving despite the occasional misstep and rumors of a troubled production, the new film illustrates why and how the power of the original story remains undiminished more than half a century after its creation.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
August 16, 2007
It's such a laughable, scareless train wreck that you don't need to know the disastrous insider-baseball behind its production to hate it.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
August 16, 2007
How bad is it? Bad enough -- and yet this source material has such a high creep quotient that, on some level, it still scares.
Full Review | Original Score: C
August 16, 2007
If you're going to remake a movie a third time, you'd better have a compelling reason.
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
August 16, 2007
The Invasion is a science fiction nightmare, the spectacle of actors who can do first-rate work trapped in a soul-destroying mechanism created by madmen.
Full Review | Original Score: 0/4
August 16, 2007
[It's] far from the worst thriller of the year, but it's wholly lacking in reasons for being.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
August 16, 2007
Has several first-rate, terrifying action sequences and grips totally from start to finish.
August 16, 2007
Given its shiny surfaces, nouveau-chic grittiness and button-pushing sentimentality, this version feels as if it were made by the kind of beings the first three Body Snatchers movies warned us against.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
August 16, 2007
Is there a Razzie Award for worst casting? If so, it's one of several that can be reserved early for this fourth.
August 16, 2007
The mismatched blending of Hirschbiegel's low-key horror and the Wachowski Brothers' anything-but-low-key action sequences results in a cinematic dud.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
August 15, 2007
An effective action thriller that only hints at the psychological complexity the director might have wanted.
August 15, 2007
A slick but forgettable, characterless thriller.
August 15, 2007
A film that feels truncated, rushed, unfocused and -- worst of all -- not the slightest bit scary or suspenseful.
August 15, 2007
The Invasion gets you rooting for the aliens to be defeated, but the film's soul feels as if it had already been snatched.
Full Review | Original Score: B-