The Invasion

Released 2007


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Oliver Hirschbiegel
The Invasion is the 2007 re-telling of the popular sci-fi horror story The Body Snatchers by Jack Finney, twice told already in cinematic format, this time by Warner Brothers and director Oliver Hirschbiegel (Downfall). A space shuttle burns up upon reentry, and its remains are scattered all over the country from Washington, D.C., to Texas. The scraps of the space shuttle return contaminated with an unknown microorganism of extraterrestrial origin, and pretty soon the government issues a quarantine of most parts of the country. Soon after, people who come into contact with the remains begin acting very strangely. Dr. Carol Bennell's (Nicole Kidman) ex-husband Tucker (Jeremy Northam) phones asking to see their son Oliver (Jackson Bond), after having been absent since Oliver was born. Tucker is acting very strangely himself, since he is a scientist who was asked by the military to study one of the retrieved pieces of the space shuttle. Soon afterward, the entire city of Washington, D.C. seems to have come under some sort of mass hysteria, and one of Carol's patients swears that her husband is not her husband. Other strange occurrences happen, as it seems that people in the city are falling victim to a viral infection that is altering their behavior as they sleep, and that is when Carol, her new beau Ben Driscoll (Daniel Craig) are forced to go on the run to rescue Oliver and to avoid a deadly new threat to the future of mankind.moreless


Metacritic Score

  • 70

    Los Angeles Times Kenneth Turan

    Still effectively creepy and surprisingly unnerving despite the occasional misstep and rumors of a troubled production, the new film illustrates why and how the power of the origin...

  • 50

    The New York Times Manohla Dargis

    Whatever the case, The Invasion lurches and drags and teeters on the brink of death from scene to scene; it plays as if it had been made by someone in a trance, though not a cool one.

  • 50

    Variety Dennis Harvey

    A slick but forgettable, characterless thriller.

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