Friday, October 24, 2008

Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1978)

Invasion of the Body Snatchers is a 1978 science fiction/horror film remake of the 1956 film by the same name. Both movies are based on Jack Finney's 1955 novel The Body Snatchers. The 1978 version stars Donald Sutherland, Veronica Cartwright, Leonard Nimoy, Jeff Goldblum and Brooke Adams.


Moria says,
this is one example where a remake does manage to stand up as almost as good as its predecessor – had it not stood in the shadow of its progenitor Invasion of the Body Snatchers 78 would have probably been hailed as a near masterpiece, one suspects.
1000 Misspent Hours thinks that
Philip Kaufman’s version of Invasion of the Body Snatchers is one of these masterworks, surpassing even its already impressive 1956 prototype.
The New York Times has a review.

I thought it was too slow. It's a (maybe) 90-minute movie stretched into 2 hours. I liked the actors, but I never felt the menace. I couldn't figure out any logic at all to the pod peoples' hunting down and attacking the remaining humans since the problem is over as soon as the humans fall asleep. It's just an awful lot of energy expended on something that'll happen in a day or so anyway. I also do not understand Matthew's continuing trust of authority figures. He keeps calling the police and others with civil authority long after it ought to be obvious that that is a losing plan.

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