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Summary: The Invasion is a nightmarish journey into a world where the only way to stay alive is to stay awake. The mysterious crash of the 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 and her colleague Ben Driscoll learn the shocking truth about the growing extraterrestrial epidemic... (imdb)
I liked it, but not nearly as much as the other Snatcher flicks. It would have went off better had it not stuck with the neat and tidy ending of the original. The '78 bleak ending was much more powerful.
I feel bad for Oliver Hirshbiegel, who has for the most part turned in taut, atmospherically chilling work. This movie was killed in the editing room, presumably sometime after Hirschbiegel was dumped from the director's chair and replaced by McTeigue in post. The film has several jarring edits and jump-cuts that completely spoil the moods Hirschbiegel worked so hard to create. While this may not have been a great movie if left in his hands, I have to believe it would be better than what we got.
one of the worst and ridiculous endings of the film history. what a shame after two decent original films. cannot find words to describe how bad the movie is, especially later parts. 5 for only kidman. by the way, very bad editing
The main problem is the film just takes you out of it a lot. In the beginning a scientist handles a piece of metal without any gloves seconds after a news broadcast says not to do this. How on earth could the scientist not know this? Later Kidman is running in an urban area being chased by tens of people, jump cut into a large city and no one's following her. These types of flaws just prevent you from getting into the movie. Also the message at the end is so heavy handed it's almost laughable.
If you are familiar with the other film versions, you should have a good time. This one certainly shares its faults, but it manages to hold interest and keep things tense, while failing to really frighten you like the '78 version did. It has ideas, a fresher look, and a message that more than wants to smack you over the head. Enough is enough there-but the performances are generally good, and if you know what you're getting into, it's not one to bore. It's no classic- merely an easy distraction.
I thought that it started off pretty well. Then it fell completely flat and didn't get any better either. A typical, predictable, sappy movie about Kidman loving a child. She expresses that well through a million textmessages (why??) to him. Many wtf moments. This movie just sucked. Shitty ending too
Alien invasion is one of my favourite themes for a movie. But it didn't work well here I think. Stupid science, stupid plot, bad acting (although Nicole Kidman was good for her standards), bad cinematography...
It's rare that a film is the embodiment of its own idea, as a ham-fisted but well meaning rumination on human emotions - complete with a "these are our themes" speech - is slowly replaced with a dim-witted action film. The audience might even be napping partway through, mirroring the method of infection depicted on screen, so they'd wake up to a movie that looks like what they started watching, but isn't quite the same. It's like one bad movie has been replaced by another! Clever.