The Invasion Reviews
I really enjoyed it and everytime I watch it again, I feel the same feeling of goosebumps and suspense.
in my opinion is one of the best films about an epidemic ever made.
The reason is that 45 minutes into this film, about an alien infestation taking over human bodies, its forced plotting and generally abysmal scripting are too galling and annoying to redeem itself.
Actions have no consistency and the aliens make no sense. The humans are pretty vapid as well.
While an invasion film should be given some leeway, and the motivations of the invading force don't have to make be totally sensible, these aliens are just willfully annoying.
The four or so scenes around the 45 min mark are just full of so much bullshit and contrivance that it is all boring and uninteresting. Being able to see the strings and the puppet master so blatantly, and poorly, removes any magic from the show.
Carol (the main character played by an eager but let-down Nicole Kidman) heads to her ex-husbands house to get her son and keep him safe. Already infected her husband and the half-dozen people in his house grab her and infect her. Then, informing her that she will be converted once she falls asleep...they let her go.
That's it. They just let her go. Nothing she does or says affects her situation. She just gets away. Something that could be forgiven except that in the VERY NEXT scene as she runs away more aliens chase her down. In the VERY NEXT scene, still running to a subway car, she is helpfully placed among a few normal humans who are only acting like aliens. They conveniently break their facade to explain to her how to fool the aliens. Nonetheless they are all caught except Kidman.
We then follow her attempts to get to safety as she fakes having no emotions while random attacks happen in broad daylight on the street. Again, other humans posing as infected give her helpful advice. Lucky her.
Finally, still the same few minutes, her regular normal doctor friends have a theory as to what is happening and are trying to get to a safe military place. Oh, and they also figure out a cure pretty quickly. That's really great. I mean, there was no way the governments of the world, or any third-rate researcher couldn't spot the simple flu vaccine solution in the first 5 minutes.
It's so pathetically thrown together it just stinks of pointlessness. The film is one that, we can see so blatantly, is moving forward just because it has too. Aliens let her go, they attack in public and governments don't seem too pushed. No one is fighting back. It is beyond belief. Something that takes some doing in a sci-fi movie.
These are specific issues but so large they need to be addressed. The bad editing, drab action scenes and logic holes are painful to sit through. If you aren't really aware of why things are crap you'll probably just be bored by this film ,which is just as damning. I just can't get over how useless a film this is and how let down it is by issues that should be solved in the first draft of a script.
The aliens are the worst of nearly any film of this type. They move from gang attacks, taxers and murder to rational discourse, secret attacks and random attacks. All depending on what the scene needs. They just don't make any fucking sense. Absolutely unforgivable.
No tension, no drama, no point. Save your 90 minutes.