Tuesday, February 19, 2008
If anything can be learned from this mess of a movie called The Invasion, it's how little Hollywood executives know how to make a bad movie a good one. Shame on you Warner Brothers for trying to make a quick buck on an inevitable bomb of a movie. The first mistake, another remake of Invasion of the Body Snatchers, I think two are plenty. The second mistake, having a talented German director make a Hollywood big studio movie (remake no less). Mistake number three, turns out that the Hollywood big shots didn't like Oliver Hirschbiegel's film (no mainstream appeal would be my guess). The best course of action would be for the producers and Warner Brothers to release the movie and see what happens. If the movie tanks, so be it, most films no matter how bad they are eventually find an audience. Mistake number four, hire people to do some rewrites and reshoots. The end result was a mess, but the movie stars Nicole Kidman, so moviegoers will see it anyway.
For me The Invasion fell flat from the get go, starting with a paper-thin plot. A mysterious flu epidemic begins to alter the behavior of human beings. A psychiatrist learns that the origins of this epidemic are extraterrestrial; she must protect her son, who just may be the key to stopping this invasion. A moody sci-fi thriller re cut with some flashy edits filled with action; make for a disconnecting and pointless movie. The The Invasion gets a F ~Caleb