"Another Remake of a Classic Movie"
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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.
(HH, PCPC, Ev, Fe, Pa, AP, B, L, VV, N, A, D, M,) Strong, mostly secular humanist worldview that also contains strong politically correct content with discussions of evolution, woman proclaims to be a post-modern feminist, the pagan holiday of Halloween and trick-or-treating is depicted, and some anti-American, anti-Bush elements, plus some moral elements as woman risks her life to rescue her child, people fight for freedom and a homeless man says, “God bless”; two obscenities and four profanities; violence includes video of a space shuttle explosion, a woman describes her husband killing a dog, dog attacks an infected child who breaks the dog’s jaw, aliens spread virus by vomiting into coffee as well as onto people, a woman is hit by a car, alien man attacks woman, two people jump off a roof, multiple chase scenes both on foot and in cars, woman knocks out little boy alien, woman bludgeons alien man with a wrench, little boy gives woman a shot of adrenalin in her heart, and woman shoots several aliens with a gun, plus some gruesome images as people transform into aliens inside a mucus shell; very light sexual content as implied unmarried couple sleeps together in bed and one scene of unmarried kissing; some naturalistic nudity involves woman in see-through pajama top and woman in lingerie as she changes clothes; brief alcohol consumption at a dinner party; brief drug use as psychiatrist prescribes anti-depressants and woman searches abandoned pharmacy for prescription medicine that will keep her awake; miscellaneous immorality includes lying and some internationalist elements as aliens take over all the governments and have the top officials sign peace treaties for a global government.
THE INVASION, starring Nicole Kidman and Daniel Craig, is a third remake of the classic 1950s science fiction thriller, INVASION OF THE BODY SNATCHERS. Even though the newer version uses modern-day special effects and some top Hollywood talent, this spine-tingling thriller never fully tingles the spine.
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.