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The Invasion (I) (2007)

PG-13  |   |  Sci-Fi, Thriller  |  17 August 2007 (USA)
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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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Storyline

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  »

Box Office

Budget:

$80,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$5,951,409 (USA) (17 August 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 »

Goofs

When Carol is in her office and is discovering that certain diseases make people immune to the virus, she states that the white matter in the brain being changed is what provides immunity. When she phones the Biologist and tells him her theory, he agrees with it. However, when repeating her idea back to her, he says that changes in neurons are what provides immunity. White matter is not composed of neurons, however, and these words are not synonymous. See more »

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[first lines]
News Announcer: [off-screen] Tragic news tonight as the space shuttle "Patriot" explodes during an unscheduled landing attempt.
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References Superman Returns (2006) See more »

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So Through
Written by Baby Jaymes and Jamie Hawkins
Performed by Naté
Courtesy of Ghetto Retro Entertainment
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Taunt and Smart, Kidman shines here.
31 August 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

First of all, this is not a scary movie. Instead, there is an atmosphere of tenseness, especially when Kidman and Craig's characters must pretend to have already changed in order to survive. Kidman easily carries this film, and she makes you believe the plot line that another actress would have easily made ludicrous. I have read some critical reviews questioning the casting of Kidman in this role, mostly due to the fact that her icy demeanor is seemingly miscast in a role that calls for emotion. However, I believe that it is this very demeanor that allows her to be believable in this film. She plays an extremely smart psychologist who catches on to the situation fast. She is an analyzer, and it is her lack of deep emotion that allows for her to think quickly and critically, without it, she would have easily succumbed to the body snatchers and there would have been no movie. There is indeed a liberal undercurrent through this movie. It questions our role in Iraq but more importantly, it questions our actions as a species, our emotions, our anger, our selfishness, and their effects on our society. To create a world in which everyone is equal, rational, no war, no disease, no famine, no inequality is what the body snatchers are offering...and for this movie goer, there was at least one point in the film in which I found myself asking whether that would be so bad. Sure, the ending was a little too quick and tidy, but overall, this was a great movie.


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