Another Remake of a Classic Movie
Release Date: August 17, 2007
Starring: Nicole Kidman, Daniel Craig,
Jeremy Northam, Jackson Bond,
Jeffrey Wright, and Jeffrey
Genre: Science Fiction Thriller
Audience: lder teenagers and adults
Runtime: 94 Minutes
Distributor: Warner Bros. Pictures
Director: Oliver Hirschbiegel and James
Executive Producer: Bruce Berman, Doug Davison,
Susan Downey, Roy Lee, Steve
Richards, and Ronald G. Smith
Producer: Joel Silver
Writer: David Kajganich
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Following a space shuttle disaster, news stories emerge about a strange substance found clinging to the wreckage. Soon after, reports flood in from all over about strange behavioral changes within people. Carol Bennell, a psychiatrist in Washington D.C. played by Nicole Kidman, does not connect the pieces of the mystery at first. That is, until she finds an odd, sticky, membrane-like substance that comes home in her son’s Halloween candy. One of her patients is also terrified that her husband, usually angry and abusive, has been replaced by a cold and heartless doppelganger.
Carol takes the sticky membrane to two doctor friends at a lab for tests. Their studies find that this strange and alien spore is attaching itself to human DNA while the person sleeps. The person is then changed into a life form that seems human, yet is devoid of all human emotion.
The crisis quickly escalates and Carol finds herself on the run from the strange beings that have taken control of the government as well as most of society. As she races to save her son and as her colleagues race to find a cure for the epidemic, Carol must do two things to survive. First, she must remain emotionless in order to blend in with the hive-like people. Second, she must not fall asleep.
To its credit, THE INVASION, which clocks in at a brisk 94 minutes, wastes no time getting into the crisis of the story. Whereas the original 1956 version of the movie focused solely on one small rural town, this updated version takes the concept of invasion to a global level, creating a greater sense of foreboding.
To its detriment, the movie also contains some not-so-subtle political messages about the problems that human beings have caused the earth, such as war, famine and violence, as well as some politically correct, anti-American, anti-Bush references concerning U.S. strategy on the war in Iraq and government aid concerning Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans. Whereas the original movie was considered by some movie critics of its day to be an allegory for the Red Threat of Communism, this updated version feels, at times, like a Hollywood message to be aware of our American government.
There is also some violent content that is prevalent throughout the movie. Although the violence never crosses the line into being excessively gruesome, the behavior and actions of the zombie-like infected people may disturb some audience members, especially younger ones.
Even with updated special effects and the latest political messages, THE INVASION is simply another version of a better movie with a decades-old premise. That said, some moviegoing fans of science fiction may enjoy this updated version, but MOVIEGUIDE® advises parents that this INVASION is not acceptable for children or even younger teenagers.
To its credit, THE INVASION wastes no time getting into the crisis of its story. To its detriment, the movie has some not-so-subtle political messages about the problems human beings have caused the earth, such as war, famine and violence, as well as politically correct, anti-American, anti-Bush references. The movie also contains scary violent content, an implied sex scene, and brief foul language.