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A mysterious epidemic alters the behavior of human beings. When a Washington D.C. psychiatrist discovers the epidemic's origins are extraterrestrial, she must fight to protect her son, who may hold the key to stopping the escalating invasion.
Sci-Fi Action Thriller - This is a science fiction thriller based on the famous Invasion of
the Body Snatchers, but there is actually fairly little in the
way of the expected visual effects--but the end does have the action
and explosions would expect from producer Joel Silver. Fans of
Nicole Kidman won't be disappointed but co-star Daniel Craig has
limited screen time.
Berardinelli, Internet CriticFull Review Average The Invasion is an erratically assembled mess that fails to satisfy the expectations of any genre's adherents.
Roger EbertFull Review Average ...cast members do what they can with dialogue that can hardly be spoken, and a plot that we concede must be implausible but does not necessarily have to upstage the Mad magazine version.
USA TodayFull Review Average Unfortunately for Invasion, the filmmakers and their body-snatching villains also seem bent on sermonizing about everything from the war in Iraq to the state of the pharmaceutical industry.
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OPINION OVERVIEW The following is the original "What's Worth
Watching" write-up for this movie.
Based on a theater exit polling of 103 moviegoers:
TEENS:About three-quarters of the males and half the females enjoyed "The Invasion," but their reviews aren't great. There are minimal very high reviews and quite a few somewhat low reviews. Fortunately, no one really disliked the movie so that's a plus. Half of you will likely enjoy "The Invasion" quite a bit and the rest will feel it was, at least, an OK/average to slightly below average movie.
TWENTYSOMETHINGS:Around half of both the males and females enjoyed "The Invasion," but most of the remaining half only rated it as an OK/average to below average movie. These are not the greatest reviews but, at least, no one truly disliked it. I would recommend a lower cost matinee just to be safe.
ADULTS:The females actually enjoyed this sci-fi thriller more than the guys. A little better than half the ladies truly enjoyed "The Invasion." Most of the remaining half rated it as an OK/average movie with just a few rating it below average. The guys reviews indicate a movie only about a third truly enjoyed. Most rated it as an OK/average movie with a fair number of below average reviews. Would only recommend a matinee.
A massive explosion lights up the skies from Dallas to Washington, DC,
shattering the space shuttle Patriot into pieces that rain down across the U.S. The
authorities are quick to seize control of the situation, but stories emerge about a
strange substance found clinging to the wreckage—something that withstood the
extreme cold of space and searing heat of reentry to get here. And the first to come
in contact with it are the first to change…
But no one wants to start a panic.
DC psychiatrist Carol Bennell does not connect what happened to the shuttle
with the bizarre occurrences that seem to accelerate around her: one of her patients
is terrified that her husband has been replaced by a stranger; violent outbursts on
the streets are quickly subdued; and a very strange substance comes home in her
son Oliver's Halloween candy—something that might, in fact, be alive.
She tells her friend and fellow doctor, Ben Driscoll, that something is very
wrong despite the fact that Washington does not seem concerned. The official word
is that it's simply a new form of flu, but before realizing the weight of what's
happening Carol lets Oliver spend the weekend with his estranged dad, a high-level
official with the Center for Disease Control, who is in Washington investigating the
crash and was one of the first people on the scene.
As the epidemic spreads, Carol discovers that the very people in charge of
inoculation against it are spreading something far worse—a spore of unknown origin
that attacks human DNA while the host sleeps, remaking it in the image of a life-form
that looks like us and talks like us, but with all human emotion drained away.
Seemingly overnight, the people around her are transformed into hive-like beings
with one imperative: to infect others and take control.
Doing everything in her power to stay awake, Carol embarks on a desperate
journey into a changed world to stay alive long enough to find her son. To hide
among them, she will have to remain calm…betray no emotion…and, most of all, not