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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: 26 out of 47
  2. Negative: 14 out of 47
  1. R.L.
    Mar 26, 2009
    This film is the latest in the remake series of Jack Finney's The Invasion of the body snatcher's, in my opinion this one is the bests out of all of them, when Invasion of the Body Snatchers came out in 1956 it instantly became a sci-fi horror cult classic marking it's place as one of the greatest sci-fi films of all time. The Invasion does not fall short of brilliance, albeit they change the story around a bit to suit 20st century audiences, they changed how the virus came to earth, in the 1956 version it was pods, in this one it was a space shuttle that was carrying spores that pass form human to human. But the Invasion is not a terrible sci-fi horror film, it amazingly quite well done, considering the talent this film drew( Nicole Kidman, Daniel Craig, Jeffery Wright & Jeremy Northam.) it's a stellar cast for a stellar movie. The Invasion doesn't hurtle trough it's story, it takes it time to explain and tell it trough a mild pace that quickly speeds up as the story progress, this film explores another aspect of an attempt to take over the world, where as most films that takes the same approach begin it with a mass alien invasion of our planet, this film strives from that and approaches a more quieter and less destructive approach to taking over our world it follows a virus that while you sleep takes over your body and controls you, with that said The Invasion is a run for your life, cover your eyes Sci-fi horror film that you can not afford to miss. Expand
  2. BrittnneyR.
    Aug 15, 2007
    Kidman is fantastic, as is Craig. These two have amazing chemistry together!
  3. KeithE.
    Aug 18, 2007
    Nothing can compare to the 1956 and 1978 versions, but this one was pretty darn good. Don't stay home because of the critics. Check it out and enjoy the ride. Expand
  4. DennisL.
    Aug 18, 2007
    After the first 20 minutes I thought this will be a lousy and pointless remake, but then it surprised me: the dialogue improved and the characters became more compelling. By the end of the movie I was pleasantly surprised. Kidman was great as Dr. Benell and her plight drew sympathy and had tension. Overall, this remake wasn't as good as the 1956 and 1978 versions, but wasn't as bad as some critics said. Give it a try. Expand
  5. Matan
    Sep 16, 2007
    This Zombie Tense-Thriller promises to be smart and scary. To say something about society and make us jump in our seats. It falls short of its goals mainly because of the contrast between the two genres the film aims at: An A-grade B-movie. The scary parts aren't scary, and the boring Flaming Car scene could be a classic in the hands of a more imaginative director. The smart parts raise some interesting questions, and the Dinner Party scene is obviously the intellectual highlight of the writers, but these questions get lost in order of giving us a great happy ending we don't get enough from Hollywood nowadays. Nicole Kidman is an intelligent actress with a taste for disappointments. Daniel Craig is wasted as Ben. Everyone else could be anyone else, and we wouldn't the difference. A So-So Movie: So much Potential, So much disappointment. Expand
  6. AndyM.
    Jan 5, 2008
    This movie's premise is so trite that I figured it would make up for it somehow. Well, the all-star cast didn't do it. So, yeah. It sucked. The structure was terrible. All sorts of build up, then a climax and falling action so short and unsatisfying it leaves you blinking stupidly. It ends on the APPARENT note that the humans are innately flawed and they are doomed as a species. So what, Mr. Director? Do you want us to become infected by an alien virus with vague intentions? Or do you want us to become absolute socialists and shed all human qualities? What saves this movie from a one is a few thrilling scenes, and their ATTEMPT at a philosophical message. I'm glad I didn't pay for this thing. Expand
  7. JaredC.
    Aug 14, 2007
    Daniel Craig is an actor, a very good one, along with the others, but the movie just didn't come to me, I'm not fond of it, I wasn't very engaged, it just wasn't very good. It actually sucked. Expand

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