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INVASION, THE: DVD

SYNOPSIS:
When a space shuttle crashes, the debris becomes contaminated by alien spores, which sweep the world as a mysterious flu-like epidemic. Carol Bennell (Nicole Kidman) is a psychiatrist working in Washington with colleagues Ben Driscoll (Daniel Craig) and research scientist Stephen Galleano (Jeffrey Wright). Carol's ex-husband Tucker Kaufman (Jeremy Northam), who runs the Centre for Disease Control, suddenly wants to spend time with their son Oliver (Jackson Bond), about which Carol is not overly happy. Everyone starts to behave with strange robotic behaviour and while researchers try to find a vaccine to counter the virus, Carol anxiously tries to locate her son.

Review by Louise Keller:
I enjoyed parts of this slick remake of The Invasion of The Body Snatchers, including performances by a top drawer cast, although much credibility is lost after the first half hour, when events crumble into the ridiculous. I like the idea that screenwriter David Dave Kajganich suggests that international conflicts are neutralised by the zombie-fication of the world's population, although watching Jeremy Northam vomit into Nicole Kidman's face is tough in anyone's language.

The set up is the best part as we meet all the characters and establish their relationship to each other. There's Kidman's devoted mother Carol, her cute as a button son Oliver (Jackson Bond) and Carol's would be lover Ben (Daniel Craig), who Carol keeps at arm's length. Northam's Tucker is one of the first victims of the virus, which means that we never see him in anything but a zombie-like state. Jeffrey Wright is always credible on screen and is solid as the research scientist trying to find a cure. Things begin to get spooky when people start behaving strangely. A dog bites a child during Halloween, a woman becomes hysterical and it becomes commonplace to hear the phrase 'there's something wrong with my dad/husband/wife/son'. There is more than a touch of irony that it is Kidman (after fighting a similar ailment in The Stepford Wives) who plays one of the only characters who show any signs of emotion. But we empathise with her as she tries desperately to stay awake (going to sleep allows the integration of alien DNA). What kid wouldn't freak out when his mother instructs him to jab a needle into her heart if she falls asleep?

Things become rather silly as cars are smashed and the body count rises. The scene when Northam's Tucker starts musing why his marriage failed in a monotonic voice is really stupid and the countdown to the resolution deteriorates considerably. The cast will be its drawcard for this DVD release, and although it is not a great movie, it is reasonable enough entertainment on a cold and windy winter's night.

Published June 26, 2008

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INVASION, THE: DVD (M)
(US, 2007)

CAST: Nicole Kidman, Daniel Craig, Jeremy Northam, Jackson Bond, Jeffrey Wright, Veronica Cartwright, Josef Sommer, Celia Weston

PRODUCER: Joel Silver

DIRECTOR: Oliver Hirschbiegel

SCRIPT: Dave Kajganich (novel by Jack Finney)

CINEMATOGRAPHER: Rainer Klausmann

EDITOR: Hans Funck, Joel Negron

MUSIC: John Ottman

PRODUCTION DESIGN: Jack Fisk

RUNNING TIME: 99 minutes

AUSTRALIAN DISTRIBUTOR: Roadshow

AUSTRALIAN RELEASE: September 6, 2007

PRESENTATION: Widescreen

SPECIAL FEATURES: Featurette 'We've been snatched History"; The Invasion: A New Story; The Invasion: On the Set; The Invasion: Snatched

DVD DISTRIBUTOR: Roadshow Home Entertainment

DVD RELEASE: June 26, 2008







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