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The Invasion (I) (2007)

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As a Washington psychiatrist unearths the origin of an alien epidemic, she also discovers her son might be the only way it can be stopped.

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While returning to Earth, the space shuttle explodes and the fragments bring an alien virus that recodes the human DNA. In Washington, the psychiatrist Carol Bennell observes the modification of the behavior of one of her clients first, then in her former husband and finally in the population in general. Together with her friend Dr. Ben Driscoll the researcher Dr. Stephen Galeano, they discover that the extraterrestrial epidemic affects human beings while sleeping and that her son Ollie, who had chickenpox when he was a baby, is immune to the disease and may save mankind from the outbreak. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Do not trust anyone. Do not show emotion. Do not fall asleep. See more »

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Rated PG-13 for violence, disturbing images and terror | See all certifications »

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17 August 2007 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Invasion of the Body Snatchers  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$80,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£232,994 (UK) (12 October 2007)

Gross:

£232,994 (UK) (12 October 2007)
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Originally wrapped in early 2006, the film underwent massive reshooting in 2007. The reason for this was the studio which didn't liked the cut director Oliver Hirschbiegel delivered. To change that, Andy Wachowski and Lana Wachowski were brought in for rewrites and James McTeigue to direct the new scenes. See more »

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After Carol and Oliver enter the pharmacy, Carol lifts Oliver onto the counter and he barely slips through a gap in the security gate. Carol is then shown attempting to do the same. The movie then cuts to behind the counter and she jumps down. Although it appears that she would not fit (and hence this being regarded as a goof), actually the security roll is deformable. This is clearly visible when she pulls on it to get up on the counter (particularly on her left hand side) revealing that a gap through which she can easily fit can be created. See more »

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Blame it on the Hollywood suits
13 December 2007 | by See all my reviews

I honestly don't think the movie is worth an 8, not in its released form. But since the cuts and additions from the suits are so painfully obvious, I'm willing to give a higher rating to the movie that could have been... and for now, only the original director Oliver something has seen.

So the original movie (which is still discernible somehow) was supposed to be a dark, slow take on isolation, pill overuse and boring modern life. With a twist: a mom so desperate to protect her child, she would silently watch other people being killed as long as she can find her kid. That's actually moving and seldom seen in a macho-dominated Hollywood. I won't say that ice cold Kidman is the right choice to depict a desperate mom, but given that her role is to often look emotionless (so she can pass as another "pod people") she doesn't do too badly.

Now, the suits didn't like that and called those soft-brained Wachowski bros to make it -supposedly- more mainstream. And what they did was to add car chases, crashes, helicopters, fires and senseless violence in general. Inserted into the original movie at close intervals to keep people amused (or so they thought). Now, there are a few good directors who can pull out a combination of slow burn and crazy action. But a patchwork movie made of two different directors' bits, guys with widely opposed instincts and goals, no wonder the result is a flop.

If anything is to be learned from this, it's how little do Hollywood executives know about what makes a good movie. Granted, a non-stop mishmash of violence and fifth-drink bar philosophy like The Matrix can earn the big bucks, but you can't expect Matrix-like bits to improve what was intended to be a slow paced, moody film. Which was probably condemned to be a box office failure, but also could have been pretty good.


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