Looking for something different in this summer of second sequels? How about a third remake? The Invasion is the fourth adaptation of Jack Finney's novel The Body Snatchers to come out since 1956, and while it strives to be the most topical and "relevant" version to date, it is also the least engaging—and, one, suspects, the least enduring. Watching and reading about the film, one also gets a strong sense of déjà vu, and not simply because this movie is the latest in a series of remakes.

The Invasion stars Nicole Kidman as Carol Bennell, a psychiatrist who discovers that everyone around her is being possessed, one by one, by a virus from space. In Finney's novel and all three of the previous films, the human victims were actually killed by pods from space after duplicates of their bodies had been created—but the effect is the same: where people once had emotions and personality, they, or entities that look and sound just like them, now go about their affairs stripped of their humanity. The strange thing is, Kidman starred in another remake of a classic sci-fi flick about people being killed and replaced by emotionless duplicates a few years ago—The Stepford Wives—and just as that film was plagued by production problems, so too The Invasion was sent back for substantial re-shoots.

The film was originally assigned to Oliver Hirschbiegel, a German director best known for such disturbing, visceral films as Das Experiment, which was inspired by the Stanford prison experiments, and the Oscar-nominated Downfall, which concerned the last days of Adolf Hitler. However, the studio didn't like Hirschbiegel's first cut—apparently because it didn't have enough action—so it hired the Wachowski ...

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The Invasion
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PG-13 (for violence, disturbing images and terror)
Directed By
Disspong Sampattavanich
Run Time
10 minutes
Cast
Zaid Abu Hamdan, Earl Baylon, Viktor Fun
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