The Invasion is sci-fi thriller film which was first meant to be a remake of the 1956 film Invasion of the Body Snatchers which is based on the novel The Body Snatchers by Jack Finney. However, screenwriter Dave Kajganich came out with some original ideas on the film and made it a different story. The production of the film saw an alteration of scripts by the Wachowski brothers (whose well-known work is the Matrix trilogy) and several re-shoots after it was postponed from the original release date in June 2006. The film was released in the United Sates on August 17, 2007. The film starred Nicole Kidman and Daniel Craig. Coincidently, we would probably see both of them on screen together again by the end of this year in The Golden Compass, the first film from the epic adventure His Dark Materials trilogy. Well, that’s another story.
When a space shuttle mysteriously crashes, an extraterrestrial epidemic disease begins infecting human begins and making them like a walking zombie with no emotions. A psychiatrist from Washington D.C. and her colleague discover that the infection took place when people fall asleep. They have to stay awake and find the way to stop the invasion.
The plot of the movie is simply predictable and somehow unreasonable. Well, I shouldn’t expect a good story from a thriller anyway. The editing of the film was annoyingly jumping back and forth. It might be so because of the change in the script and the re-shoots. Nicole Kidman was still gorgeous but seemed to be too tiresome sometimes, probably due to the role she was playing. What I liked most in the film is the climax car chasing scene near the end of the movie. Never before have I seen a bunch of guys clinging on the fast running car which the driver tried very hard to splash all of them over the road and finally succeeded, then the same car was on fire but the driver was still able to maneuver it. Even though it seems unreasonably impossible, that scene alone was one-of-a-kind action sequence in the movie.
3 Stars out of 5 – All in all, this is typical Hollywood thriller flick. Don’t try to find the scientific reasons for the film and you would enjoy the film as it should be.