“The Invasion”

Once again Hollywood feels the compelling need to do another remake. This time it’s The Invasion, the second take of the classic 1956 film, Invasion of the Body Snatchers. This version stars Nicole Kidman and Daniel (should not play 007) Craig. Instead of taking place in a small California town, the setting is DC.

In what is probably* the most unsettling part of the film, the alien energies invade after the Space Shuttle Patriot crashes, leaving a trail of debris across the U.S. Now it’s one thing for life to imitate art, but quite another for the filmmakers to create a plotline after two tragedies of the Shuttle program. Add the movie is released the same time Endeavour is in orbit with its problems and is due to land next week.

Invasion of the Body Snatchers, like other 1950s sci-fi films, are a treat to watch because they develop suspense in a subtle way, without violence and gore. These films lack of special effects sophistication is part of the charm. Invasion of the Body Snatchers is seen by many as portraying the nation’s paranoia of communism. The pressure to conform and fall asleep versus be aware and preserve your freedom are timeless.

* Normally I would consider it unfair to comment about a film I haven’t seen, but my commentary here is peripheral.

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