The Invasion

DVD Reviews | Feb 2nd, 2008

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Starring Nicole Kidman, Daniel Craig, Jeremy Northam, Jeffrey Wright
Written By: Jack Finney, Dave Kajganich
Directed By: Oliver Hirschbiegel, James McTeigue
Studio: Warner Bros
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The Invasion is a remake (what else is new) and it’s a remake of The Invasion of the Body Snatchers. I guess people feel like messing around with sci-fi & horror classics so why not this one. This time it stars Nicole Kidman and Daniel Craig and it didn’t do so well at the box office. I actually don’t even remember this being released to be honest with you. But perhaps if you didn’t catch it in theaters, you might like this on DVD. I kind of didn’t though.

The Invasion starts off with a space shuttle crashing into Earth and an alien virus starts to spread from city to city. The main story is set in Washington, D.C. and it centers around psychiatrist Carol (Nicole Kidman) who discovers that something strange is going on with people. People in DC are acting quite strange (well more than usual) and almost seems like they have something that is controlling their way of thinking & movement (no not he U.S Government). A zombie-like way. The alien spores start to spread more rapidly and more people get affected by them. The psychiatrist Carol decides to get to the bottom of everything with the help of your doctor/scientist friends. Together, they figure out how the pod people are spreading the virus (vomiting, sneezing) and they also try to figure out how to stop it before it’s too late. What ever you do, don’t fall asleep!

I never saw the other movies but this one was okay. It wasn’t really special or added anything new to the Body Snatchers story. I didn’t really have a problem with the acting, because what really can you do in a movie like this? It’s pretty much Nicole Kidman making frightening faces and running around scared. Daniel Craig’s character wasn’t that noticeable and I thought he was underused. I don’t really like watching thrillers all that much but I thought this movie wasn’t really that scary or suspenseful. I thought it was kind of grossed how the virus thing spread, when people were projectile vomiting. I can’t stand when people vomit because it makes me want to hurl too. So that part kind of grossed me out. But as far as anything else is concerned, it wasn’t that scary or thrilling. You can tell when a movie isn’t going to well when the original director was replaced when reshoots began. The Wachowski Brothers, or well, the Wachowskis hired V for Vendetta director James McTeigue to direct the new scenes. Plus Nicole Kidman almost got really injured during a car chase plus other incidents as well. I guess some things were doomed from the start with this movie?

I don’t think The Invasion is a bad movie, it’s just not something I’d want to watch again. I’d suggest watching the original movie first and then see where this one stands. But I’m sure most of you will like the original movie better.

Documentary We’ve Been Snatched Before: Invasion In The Media History 3 Featurette
The Invasion: A New Story
The Invasion: On The Set The Invasion: Snatched

ENGLISH: Dolby Digital 5.1 CC
SPANISH: Dolby Digital 5.1
FRENCH: Dolby Digital 5.1

Widescreen 2.40:1 Color (Anamorphic)

English, Spanish, French

Favorite Scenes: Didn’t have a favorite scene
Rating: PG-13
Running Time: 99 minutes
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