Invasion of the Body Snatchers

1978

Action / Horror / Sci-Fi

15
Rotten Tomatoes Critics - Certified Fresh 94%
Rotten Tomatoes Audience - Upright 81%
IMDb Rating 7.4 10 40845

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Donald Sutherland as Matthew Bennell
Robert Duvall as Priest on Swing
Jeff Goldblum as Jack Bellicec
Leonard Nimoy as Dr. David Kibner
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Reviewed by Boba_Fett1138 10 / 10

One of the very best alien invasion movies...it still is!

You gotta love the '70's! It was really the golden age of cinema. '70's movies were real, gritty, they had a sense of realism, had an unusual and often revolutionary style of movie-making. Many of the best movies ever made are from the '70's. Not sure if "Invasion of the Body Snatchers" classifies as one of THE best movies ever but it certainly is one of the very best alien invasion movies ever made and therefor remains still one of the very best movies out of its genre.

The realism turns out to be a perfect combination with the horror and science-fiction elements in the movie. It makes the movie haunting and makes us really feel with all of the characters. Their fear becomes sensible and their actions understandable. Nothing 'big' or 'impressive' is ever shown and very little is explained in the movie. The movie and how the events unravel are totally told from the main characters view point. None of the main characters are 'heroes' and instead they are just normal every day persons. Those two elements are the main reason why this movie is so realistic and haunting to watch. It also is the reason why alien invasion movies made present day fail to impress ("Independence Day", Spielberg's "War of the Worlds") They are all told 'big', with special effects and lots of violence with big name actors in them. They are made for entertainment and most of them surely also work well as entertainment, especially in my opinion "Independence Day" which I, unlike many others, find to be a very entertaining and good movie to watch. Those movies are surely good and entertaining enough and its not the cast or crews fault that those recent movies fail to impress the general audience, it's just that those movies were made in the wrong decade and it misses the '70's touch that makes the movies so gritty, raw and realistic to watch.

"Invasion of the Body Snatchers" is told slow and things happen in a low pace. Since nothing is really explained as the movie unravels, you never really fully understand what is happening and why. It gives the movie an almost paranoid kind of atmosphere, which helps to make this movie more of an horror movie than a science-fiction movie, even though the story itself is obviously fictional. The story to be honest is quite far fetched and perhaps even ridicules at moments but due to the realistic and slow way it is told, none of this matters. It helps to make this movie one of the most haunting ones ever created, also due to its unforgettable haunting ending that is one of the very best out of cinema history, it really is!

The typical unusual '70's cinematography is from Michael Chapman. Leave it up to Chapman to give a movie a realistic look and feeling. ("Taxi Driver", "Raging Bull", "The Fugitive")

The cast of the movie is great. Like every good genre movie from the '70's, it has Donald Sutherland in the main lead. He plays an average, not perfect guy, which again adds to the realism and our involvement with the character. Other fine roles are being played by Veronica Cartwright, Leonard Nimoy and Jeff Goldblum in one of his first really big role.

"Invasion of the Body Snatchers" is way more than just another average, unlikely alien invasion movie. It's brilliantly told, crafted, acted, thoughtful, haunting and realistic. '70's film-making at its very best and it makes this movie still one of the very best out of its genre.

10/10

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Reviewed by secondtake 8 / 10

Alive and richly done, with some great performances!

Invasion of the Body Snatcher (1978)

The original 1950s version of this movie is such a favorite of mine, I hesitated to watch this one. But fear not. This is great, too. It's got the same theme, but very richly and creatively rendered, some superb photography, great night stuff, and most importantly, great acting by the key 3 or 4 people.

Director Philip Kaufman works sporadically as director and writer (he hit it big with "Raiders of the Lost Ark") and he clearly has a unique and somewhat fearless vision that remains rooted in Hollywood sensibilities. That is, this is no independent film, yet it's creative.

And it's scary. Between the development of fear over the actual biological invasion, and the old fashioned chase and hide sequences, this is a tense movie. But yet it's convincing, given the realistic, nuanced acting by the main couple, Donald Sutherland (as a Health Department official) and Brooke Adams (as a lab analyst in the same department). Of course, what happens isn't believable at all, somehow, but it's so close to feasible, and in fact so close to what we live with already (some people without feelings, out for themselves, part of a conspiracy, etc.), it isn't hard to pull it off.

Cinematographer Michael Chapman is about as good as it gets in the Hollywood vein, polished and with amazing, varied lighting (he also did "Raging Bull," "The Fugitive," and "Taxi Driver," for starters). So this movie works on every level. The one thing it isn't, of course, is original, but as a remake, we have to take it for how it handles it, 1970s style. Impressive.

Reviewed by GroovyDoom 9 / 10

Filmed nightmare

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Even more than the original film, which channeled a mounting zeitgeist of suspicion in a way that some found to be vaguely reminiscent of McCarthyism, the 1978 "Invasion of the Body Snatchers" relies on a paranoia that was distinctly related to the 1970s. In other words, it's re-envisioned as my favorite genre of all: what I call the "70s Doom Film".

"Invasion of the Body Snatchers" presents an adventure that has few equals in movies of this type, an adventure that finds our main characters staying awake together at night, dashing down dark alleys and hiding behind shipping crates, whisking away in taxicabs, and hiding under desks in darkened offices after hours. Philip Kaufman has given us a vision of an entire city gradually giving way to a conspiracy helmed by extraterrestrial plant life that has randomly fallen from the sky to take root on the Earth, duplicating human beings (and destroying them in the process).

The reason this movie is so effective, and one of the reasons why I love it so much, is that the characters are all lovably odd. Donald Sutherland's Matthew seems like a real stone-faced health inspector who berates a snobbish restaurateur about finding a "rat turd" in the grain, until you see him talking to Elizabeth and cracking jokes about the job. Elizabeth, played by the wonderful Brooke Adams, is a little offbeat, laughing nervously a lot and rolling her eyes in a bizarre manner. Jack and Nancy Bellicec (Jeff Goldblum and Veronica Cartwright) are completely off-the-wall, Jack being the tortured poet and Nancy buying into outlandish theories of alien colonization and health food while compulsively reading novels written by authors who were more than likely tripping on acid. We believe them as odd but genuine characters in real situations, particularly the touching romance between Elizabeth and Matthew. Specifically, they are people with oddball characteristics in danger of having those differences stripped bare by the alien pod life. This film is a real credit to all of the talent involved in it.

The tense and increasingly grim third act finds our heroes on the run from people whom they may have suspected all along of wanting to harm them. Shots of prowling police are interspersed with seemingly ordinary people who have suddenly taken on an ominous attitude. The fact that a good portion of it takes place without dialog shouldn't be a liability, but it is here that the film begins to bog down a bit, and I think it's because Kaufman so effectively portrays the exhaustion of the characters that this begins to transfer to the audience as well. Like the contagious quality of a yawn, the desperation that Matthew and Elizabeth feel becomes pervasive.

What seals this movie's place in history as something that freaked a lot of people out in the 70s is the fact the conclusion is so downbeat and agonizingly bleak. There is no happy ending for anybody; the characters we grow to like are systematically worn down until their fight is gone and their very need to sleep forces them to succumb. The tragedy of Elizabeth's conversion to a pod seems very real, especially when we see her soulless clone rising up out of the weeds like an ugly vine. The starkness of her nudity, and the utter disregard that the other pods have for it, strikes at a bleakness that is far more terrifying than anything else in the film. Likewise, the final confrontation between the converted Matthew and the still-human Nancy is chilling not only because of the horrendous scream that she is met with, but also because of the naiveté that does her in. As she crosses the street, you can see her smiling at Matthew in a conspiratorial way, never dreaming that he could have become a pod himself. The way his face morphs into the grimace of one of the pod people represents a betrayal of the worst kind. It suggests the very real fear that even our most trusted friends and lovers can suddenly become different overnight, turning on us for reasons unknown.

Kaufman's dark fantasy has tapped into these emotions with stunning ease, and he has created a beautiful, heartbreaking, and lyrical film that is loaded with good stuff. Any serious fan of film or the horror/sci-fi genre in particular should find this a really witty, funny, and sometimes horrifying experience.

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