This latest remake of Invasion Of The Body Snatchers
is quite thrilling, even though quite a bit has changed from the source novel and the original film versions. No more alien pods with accompanying tentacles, this time around the invaders are in the form of a virus that manipulates your system once you fall asleep.
Nicole Kidman is a psychiatrist whose ex-husband becomes a host for the aliens, while her son is with him for the weekend. She now faces a desperate struggle to find her son and being the brilliant actress she is, she really impresses.
The movie also manages to be quite unnerving and creepy, and holds your interest right up until the climactic chase sequence near the end. There were rumours of production troubles as the director had one vision (unsettling thriller) and the studio had another (action-packed extravaganza). This shift in priorities is quite evident though, and this soon becomes a 'tale of two movies'. Definitely worth watching, but one will wonder about what could have been... (3 out of 5, Carlisle Johnson)
The mysterious crash of a space shuttle leads to the terrifying discovery that there is something alien within the wreckage. Those who come in contact with it are changing in ominous and inexplicable ways.
Soon Washington D.C. Psychiatrist Carol Bennell (Nicole Kidman) and her colleague Ben Driscoll (Daniel Craig) learn the shocking truth about the growing extraterrestrial epidemic: it attacks its victims while they sleep, leaving them physically unchanged but strangely unfeeling and inhuman.
As the infection spreads, more and more people are altered and itbecomes impossible to know who can be trusted. Now Carol's only hope is to stay awake long enough to find her young son, who may hold the key to stopping the devastating invasion.
Warner Brothers Pictures
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• Daniel Craig
||192 x 137 x 15mm (L x W x T)
||1 hour, 35 minutes
Region 2. This DVD will play in all South African DVD players.
|| Dolby Digital 5.1
|| Widescreen 16:9 (1.78:1)
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Mon, 19 May 2008 | Review by: Micky B
This is the third remake of Don Segal’s classic 1956 movie "The Invasion of the Body Snatchers". It still makes for exciting viewing though, even if we do have at least some idea as to where it’s all going.
Blonde Nicole Kidman is far, far prettier than brunette Dana Wynter was in the original, and this one will give you the opportunity to judge whether or not Daniel Craig will make it – as Sean Connery did – when he’s finished being James Bond.
Directors Oliver Hirshbiegel and unbilled James McTeigue have learned well from the late Alfred Hitchcock with regard to audience manipulation, and even the most non-violent members of the audience will applaud when Ms Kidman sloshes one of “the impostors” over the head with a hammer at one stage!
Camerawork is satisfactory, while the performers are called upon to do more “reacting” than actual “acting” per se.
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