The Invasion Reviews

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November 18, 2011
October 16, 2007
Having established an effectively creepy mood in the first half, the film eventually degenerates into a muddled mess, with Nicole and Daniel Craig dodging zombies while popping amphetamines in a desperate effort to stay awake. We know how they feel.
October 12, 2007
Novelist Jack Finney's body snatchers have appeared in some fine movies, but the only disturbing-looking thing here is what they've done to Nicole Kidman's lips.
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.
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.
August 17, 2007
Nicole Kidman's character struggles to stay awake -- as will the audience.
August 17, 2007
Next time the aliens come invading, they may want to pass the brains, hold the lecture.
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.
August 17, 2007
The Invasion connects on a gut level in two ways, political and existential.
August 17, 2007
The Invasion has a few things to offer both summer-movie audiences and more thoughtful film buffs.
August 17, 2007
There is nothing here to be taken seriously, let alone fear.
August 17, 2007
The elegant presence of Kidman and Craig helps ease the inanities of the script.
August 17, 2007
Resistance is futile -- unless your screenplay can offer pat, absurd plot turns.
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.
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.
August 17, 2007
If you're familiar with the earlier films, The Invasion is even less satisfying.
August 17, 2007
The movie offers plenty of smarts and imaginative distractions to counter the stacking of improbabilities.
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.
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