The Invasion


Nicole Kidman as Carol Bennell
Daniel Craig as Ben Driscoll
Jeremy Northam as Tucker Kaufman
Jackson Bond as Oliver
Jeffrey Wright as Dr. Stephen Galeano
Veronica Cartwright as Wendy Lenk

Directed by Oliver Hirschbiegel

Another decade, another riff on Jack Finney’s timeless novel (“The Body Snatchers”) first brought to the screen in 1956’s “Invasion of the Body Snatchers,” starring Kevin McCarthy, then again in Phillip Kaufman’s superior 1978 rendition – which covered enough ground to act as a symbol for the ’80s, too, leaving Abel Ferrara’s “Body Snatchers” to carry Finney’s paranoia parable into the ’90s, although the territory during that time was encroached on by two successors: Robert Heinlein’s “The Puppet Masters” (based on a novel that pre-dates Finney’s “Body Snatchers”) and a Scream-ified approach to the concept called “The Faculty” (directed by Robert Rodriguez).

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