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SCIENCE MOMENT!!!
THE INVASION - 2007
USA Release: AUG! 17, 2007
Warner Bros.
Rated: Australia: M / Finland: K-15 / Germany: 12 / Norway, Sweden, & UK: 15 / USA: PG-13

As in remake #2 of the original (1956) INVASION OF THE BODY SNATCHERS, the movie that pseudo-intellectuals like to say represents fear of Communism but in fact doesn't represent anything other than a good sci-fi story. Sometimes a cigar is just a cigar.

THE INVASION was sort of directed by Oliver Hirschbiegel (THE EXPERIMENT), but the studio didn't like his version so James McTeigue (V FOR VENDETTA) was brought in to direct some additional footage. The movie was written by Dave Kajganich.

It opens with psychiatrist Carol Bennell (Nicole Kidman: DEAD CALM, THE OTHERS) wandering through a trashed pharmacy, grabbing bottles of modafinil, a drug that helps people stay awake for long periods of time. Someone bangs on the other side of a locked door, demanding to be let out.

We jump back a few days before and see the space shuttle Patriot come to a fiery end as it re-enters the atmosphere, scattering debris from Dallas to Washington, D.C. NASA technicians quickly discover that the debris is contaminated with alien spores and they communicate this information to CDC representative Tucker Kaufman (Jeremy Northam: MIMIC), who turns out to be Carol's ex-husband.

Then something happens that I'll get back to in a moment.

Tucker and many others become infected with the spores and become emotionless aliens bent on world domination. Carol gradually become aware of the situation as her patients first report that some close family member has changed in some disturbing way (as in previous versions of this movie), then a few days later everything seems fine.

One patient in particular seems aware of what's happening. Wendy Lenk (Veronica Cartwright: ALIEN, INVASION OF THE BODY SNATCHERS [1978]) knows her husband isn't really her husband. At first Carol just increases her meds but gradually she realizes that Wendy is on to something.

Carol moves in some upper-crust circles and her maybe boyfriend Ben (Daniel Craig: LARA CROFT: TOMB RAIDER) takes her to a diplomat's party hosted by Ben's friends Henryk Belicec (Josef Sommer: THE SUM OF ALL FEARS, X-MEN: THE LAST STAND) and his wife Ludmilla (Celia Weston: THE TALENTED MR. RIPLEY, HULK).

As the danger becomes more obvious Carol frantically tries to protect her son Oliver (Jackson Bond) who happens to be over at his strangely emotionless father's house. Can she save him?

Before I talk about that, let's take a brief time out for a

!!!SCIENCE MOMENT!!!:
I do like the fact that they did away with the pods...

Read this and all of our INVASION Science Moments at - SciMo Invasion.

Okay, the time has come. There was a moment I skipped over before that I have to tell you about now. Tucker, the CDC guy is told by NASA techs in moon suits that the space shuttle wreckage is horribly contaminated with alien spores. Then he walks out to his car and a local walks up to him and hands him a piece of wreckage. Tucker takes it in his ungloved hand and cuts his thumb.

So what does he do? Does he start yelling for medical help and order himself into quarantine? Does he grab a hacksaw and cut off his thumb in a desperate attempt to stop the infection? No. Tucker casually gets in his car and drives away. He drives away! He was just told the wreckage was contaminated, he cuts his thumb and he drives away!*

The rest of the movie didn't matter. From then on all I could think about was how unforgivably stupid that scene was. How could that make it through test screenings? How could a just God allow it to exist?

How can I give this movie more than two shriek girls? I can't. Two shriek girls is what it gets.

Shriek GirlsShriek Girls
This review copyright 2007 E.C.McMullen Jr.

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*UPDATE DEC. 5, 2014

You expect us to believe that a human being trained in medicine would be so cavalier about their own health and the health of others after being exposed to a deadly disease?

Ebola nurse, Maine settle quarantine suit

Ebola Nurse Amber Vinson Gets Free Engagement Ring

Okay, so those stories are ambiguous. But you expect us to believe that a trained medical expert - A Doctor from the CDC no less - would be so cavalier about their own health and the health of others after being exposed to a deadly disease?

Dr. Nancy Snyderman 'deeply sorry' for breaking Ebola quarantine

Okay, so the point is that Tucker from the CDC is an idiot. Got it. But that's certainly not the "norm" at the CDC...

More problems shutter CDC labs, prompt review

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