Review of: The Invasion

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2
On August 19, 2007
Last modified:October 5, 2017

Summary:

The film slowly builds suspense at first, but never goes anywhere. There are never any thrills or chills, just a slow plod through the scenes until the dull conclusion. Plus there’s nothing new here. Not because it’s the fourth adaptation of the novel, but it’s simply a boring rendition of every other zombie outbreak movie.

At the very least this gives us a glimpse of how bad M. Night Shyamalan‘s next movie The Happening is going to be. It’s a similar “eerie disease is spreading through the population” theme that the real population is sick enough of already. But at least we’ll get another movie about global warming, right!? Blech.

Two out of five.

I admit I haven’t seen the original classic Invasion of the Body Snatchers. Nor did I see the first remake some twenty years later with Donald Sutherland. Nor did I check out the 1993 movie Body Snatchers, also based on Jack Finney’s book. So why is there another one again?

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This version stars the queen of hit or miss herself, Miss Nicole Kidman. She may be sexy, but I prefer her beautiful sad face instead of her beautiful scared face. I dunno, maybe I’m just picky.

The Invasion is about an alien life form that makes it way to Earth and starts affecting those who go to sleep. I was in danger of being affected a few times.

It also has the unfortunate coincidence of starting with a space shuttle exploding on re-entry, a major story in the news at the moment with the space shuttle Endeavour experiencing problems.

As the infection spreads through the city, the people abandon all emotion. Which means the casting director had the impossible task of recruiting a herd of actors to deliver entirely expressionless performances. How she ever found this many actors who can’t act in Hollywood is truly remarkable… I personally would have gone with Julia Stiles and Keanu Reeves.

Oh, and the aliens sometimes pass their… “condition” through projectile vomit. Yeah, you read that correctly. How lame. I just threw up in my own mouth a little bit.

I could have also done without the misplaced, pretentious diatribe about the state of the world twenty minutes in. Suddenly in an alien invasion movie, the writer has something to say about politics and the human condition. Maybe if they didn’t beat us over the head with it before zombies started chasing walking slowly after Kidman, I would have appreciated the parable. At least 28 Days Later was a little more subtle.

The film slowly builds suspense at first, but never goes anywhere. There are never any thrills or chills, just a slow plod through the scenes until the dull conclusion. Plus there’s nothing new here. Not because it’s the fourth adaptation of the novel, but it’s simply a boring rendition of every other zombie outbreak movie. At the very least this gives us a glimpse of how bad M. Night Shyamalan‘s next movie The Happening is going to be. It’s a similar “eerie disease is spreading through the population” theme that the real population is sick enough of already. But at least we’ll get another movie about global warming, right!? Blech. Two out of five.

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