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Review: Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1978) (RATING:9/10)

9 December, 2007

So, my review of the remake (although not the most recent one, with Nicole Kidman and Daniel Craig…) of “Invasion of the Body Snatchers.” This movie… blah blah blah… social commentary… blah blah blah… communism… blah blah blah. I apologize. Yes, I know that this movie has some deeper meaning that people often talk about (or at least they talk about the original as having it), but it’s really not important. This movie on its own is just great.

The plot is simple enough, and I think by now everyone knows it. People are getting replaced by aliens, who are grown in pods. No one believes the few main characters who have seen this first hand. Of course, it helps that all they say at first is that people are just “different.” Soon the world is taken over, and we just want to get our heroes out of harm’s way, which is — clearly — very difficult.

This is a very enjoyable movie to watch. The cinematography keeps you on edge all the time, showing you close-ups and strange angle shots of various detailed things, making sure that you pay attention to them. So you try to remember them for later, and maybe they come up, and maybe they don’t. And often, when they do, it’s not at all how you expected them to. (I’m thinking now of a specific scene, which was possibly the creepiest in the movie. I think you’ll know it when you see it.) And, it has a strangely sideburned Leonard Nimoy, a wonderfully mustachioed Donald Sutherland, and an incredibly young Jeff Goldblum. The latter two are great; so is Nimoy, but he’s a lesser character.

Effects-wise, “Invasion” varies. The first few scenes of the alien pods coming to earth are truly incredible, (although thats partly camera work and direction, not effects), and it is a great beginning to the movie. Some of the pods later on are a little iffy, but it doesn’t detract at all. The pod people are very creepy, and that’s certainly thanks to this sort of hair, sort of cellophane thing that surrounds them as they’re being… born? Is that the right word?

In terms of viewership, there is hardly anything here that would make me recommend someone not see it. There’s one bloody part, and there’s some random nudity near the end, but overall it’s very clean, and just plain scary. It’s good to see a movie nowadays that doesn’t really on blood and guts to creep you out (Saw, Hostel, etc.) but rather just puts you on edge because it’s so brilliantly written and acted.

See this movie. Now. And then set fire to all of your houseplants. You never know where those little flowers will show up…

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