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Running Time:
1 hour, 33 minutes

Rating: R Restricted. Under 17 Requires Accompanying Adult.

Rating Explanation:
for language.

Jimmy's Buzz Guide Review:
This third remake of Jack Finney's classic thriller "The Body Snatchers" is without a doubt the worst of them all.

Additional Info:
DVD Features:
Documentary We're Been Snatched Before: Invasion in Media History; 3 featurettes - The Invasion: A New Story, The Invasion: On the Set and The Invasion: Snatched

Nicole Kidman ... Carol Bennell
Daniel Craig ... Ben Driscoll
Jeremy Northam ... Tucker Kaufman
Jackson Bond ... Oliver
Jeffrey Wright ... Dr. Stephen Galeano
Veronica Cartwright ... Wendy Lenk
Josef Sommer ... Dr. Henryk Belicec
Roger Rees ... Yorish

The Invasion
In this version of Jack Finney's classic thriller, first made in 1956 as "Invasion of the Body Snatchers," a shuttle disaster brings back a virus when it crash lands in a field. It’s not just any virus, no, this one has survived the frozen atmosphere of space and a fiery re-entry when it crashes in that field. Tucker Kaufman {Jeremy Northam "The Winslow Boy"), the chief scientist from the Center for Disease Control, investigates the site and cuts his hand on a piece of debris. Later that evening, as he sleeps fitfully, an oozy film forms over him and when he wakes up, he seems very odd to his ex-wife, Carol (Nicole Kidman "Moulin Rouge!"), a psychiatrist who’s not happy that her ex is suddenly back in her life and taking an interest in their young son, Oliver (Jackson Bond) after four years of barely noticing him. She’s also not happy about the slimy stuff she finds in Oliver’s Halloween candy, and even less happy when her best pal, Dr. Ben Driscoll (Daniel Craig "Casino Royale") takes it to his pal Dr. Stephen Dr. Galeano (Jeffrey Wright "The Manchurian Candidate") for analysis and it turns out to be an alien bug. It also seems that people all around have become infected. They go to sleep and wake up an unemotional shell of their former selves.

The worst problem with the film directed by Oliver Hirschbiegel ("The Downfall") is that the entire story is set up in the first five minutes without any build-up, tension, or surprise. Then the film circles round and round and situations become progressively more absurd. One minute, Carol is treating an abused wife (Veronica Cartwright "Kinsey") who is convinced that her husband is not her husband, and the next, the alien bug has taken over pretty much the whole city of Washington, D.C. There's one grim scene after another including Dr. Galeano grimly announcing what the bug is capable of doing, Ben grimly announcing that they have to get out of town, Carol grimly announcing that she is worried about Oliver. And all of these announcments are delivered with a minimum of emotion, so that the emotionless infected population are not so different from our friends.

Daniel Craig, after wowing us all with his sex appeal as James Bond is basically sexless in this film. And Nicole Kidman speaks so softly that even when she’s yelling, she's quiet and composed, more concerned with looking like a perfect porcelain doll. The only time she gets close to actual emotion is when she is trying to fool the army of the infected by acting emotionless, at which point she gets twitchy.

And the film doesn’t even really end, it just runs out of steam and fitfully fizzles before your eyes.

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