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  • Summary: The Invasion is a nightmarish journey into a world where the only way to stay alive is to stay awake. The mysterious crash of the space shuttle leads to the terrifying discovery that there is something alien within the wreckage. Those who come in contact with it are changing in ominous and inexplicable ways. Soon Washington D.C. psychiatrist Carol Bennell and her colleague Ben Driscoll learn the shocking truth about the growing extraterrestrial epidemic: it attacks its victims while they sleep, leaving them physically unchanged but strangely unfeeling and inhuman. As the infection spreads, more and more people are altered and it becomes impossible to know who can be trusted. Now Carol's only hope is to stay awake long enough to find her young son, who may hold the key to stopping the devastating invasion. (Warner Bros.) Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 31
  2. Negative: 6 out of 31
  1. 75
    There's no question The Invasion works in a mechanical, by-the-numbers manner. But it's what the movie leaves you with -- absolutely nothing -- that is the scariest thing about it.
  2. 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 original story remains undiminished more than half a century after its creation.
  3. Mostly about delivering thrills, and chills, and this it does with moderate success and a bunch of fast, no-nonsense edits.
  4. At times, The Invasion comes across as a mishmash of "Rosemary's Baby" and "The Stepford Wives."
  5. Haven't they created a movie that is ultimately a soulless clone of a vibrant original and, thus, a splendidly dull example of the very forces it warns us against – the forces of grey and passion-sapping conformity.
  6. 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.
  7. 11
    It's the pod people's version of a great, contemporaneously resonant cinematic fable, created by apparent committee, and utterly devoid of both meaning and feeling. The tagline warns: "Do not trust anyone. Do not show emotion. Do not fall asleep." Yawn.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 24 out of 45
  2. Negative: 14 out of 45
  1. Mar 10, 2013
    1
    A very poorly done adaptation of the story. The actors are fine, but they can not really do much with this poor script. The movie totally lacking of suspense. There is no paranoia at all. The whole thing has a TV quality to it. The ending is also abrupt and lazy. The director obviously had no idea how to present this material. Not recommended. Expand

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