Excerpt: Another decade, another riff on Jack Finney's timeless novel ("The Body Snatchers") first brought to the screen in 1956's "Invasion of the Body Snatchers," starring Kevin McCarthy, then again in Phillip Kaufman's superior 1978 rendition - which covered enough ground to act as a symbol for the '80s, too, leaving Abel Ferrara's "Body Snatchers" to carry Finney's paranoia parable into the '90s, although the territory during that time was encroached on by two successors:...
Excerpt: From Homer's Odysseus to Joseph Campbell's Hero With a Thousand Faces, if a truly archetypal story is defined by the number of times it is told, then Jack Finney's "Invasion of the Body Snatchers" is the paranoid fantasy of this century, as it undergoes its fourth iteration in as many decades, in "The Invasion.
Excerpt: I’m a bit slow sometimes and about halfway through “The Invasion” it donned on me that the concept of this movie was vaguely familiar. Now that’s not a huge thing these days and with movie plots becoming more and more in unison, a truly original plot is kind of hard to come by. As it stands, “The Invasion” is a re-telling of the horror classic “Invasion of the Body Snatchers”, but with a few liberties taken. But first, let’s discuss the casting shall we?
Excerpt: The difference between this 2007 take on Invasion of the Body Snatchers is how the actual invasion occurs. It is more of a background event, occurring around psychiatrist Carol Benell (Nicole Kidman) as she walks the streets of Washington. People are rounded up by those infected, sometimes quietly, other times fighting for their lives. Sadly, who is actually responsible for the incredible intensity and paranoia the film generates is unknown.
Excerpt: "Something terrifying has come to Earth, something that attacks us while we sleep and turns us into soulless replicants. The clock is ticking as Washington, DC psychiatrist Carol Bennell (Nicole Kidman) and her colleague Ben Driscoll (Daniel Craig) embark on a heart-stopping journey into a nightmarish world where the only way to stay alive is to stay awake. No one can be trusted.
Conclusion: As a Science Fiction fan, I was eager to screen The Invasion . The concept is excellent and if done right, is ripe for a scary, sharp, shocking, and gruesome film. Unfortunately, this remake of the original classic, like so many other remakes, fails to capture the spirit and horror of the first, putting snazziness and a certain "family-friendly" sheen on top of what should be dark and scary material.
Conclusion: 'The Invasion' is the fourth and weakest retelling of the famous body snatchers tale. Believe the talk you heard of post-production tinkering destroying the final product -- this is a clear case of too many cooks spoiling what could have been a solid remake. This Blu-ray is a nice presentation of the film, however, with great video and audio. Alas, the supplements are lame, but if you're only interested in the flick, this is probably worth a rental.
Excerpt: Even after 50 years and three movie adaptations, Jack Finney’s short story “The Body Snatchers” is still irresistible fodder for anyone wanting to make a political statement in the guise of creepy aliens. Even those who don’t remember the Cold War/Red Scare paranoia of 1956’s Invasion of the Body Snatchers , or the Nixonian anti-government fear of the 1970’s film of the same name, are familiar with pod people, alien beings that attack and replace humans in order to...
Excerpt: First published in 1955, Jack Finney's novella The Body Snatchers enjoyed a five-decade run in which it seemed incapable of inspiring anything less than haunting films. Don Siegel's 1956 attempt, Invasion Of The Body Snatchers , echoed anti-Communist paranoia but muddied the message by making the bad guys take the form of bland '50s suburbanites. In 1978, Philip Kaufman used it as an excuse to look at Me-Decade myopia.