Sunday, November 22, 2015

Movie review: Invasion

When small rocks start falling from the sky a latent human virus is activated and spreads quickly to the entire population. As humanity is being transformed into a new alien race, a small group of scientists race to find a cure and save the world.

Luke Perry (Beau), Kim Cattrall (Dr. Sheila Moran), Rebecca Gayheart (Cassy), Christopher Orr (Pitt), Jon Polito (Det. Kemper), Neal McDonough (Randy), Rosanna DeSoto (Nancy), Castulo Guerra (Eugene), Louis Crugnali (John).

Small rocks falling from the sky trigger a latent human virus which begins transforming the human race into aliens. Once transformed, the aliens share a hive mind and begin to infiltrate society and government at the highest levels. A small group of scientists realize the danger and begin working feverishly to create and distribute a vaccine. But can they save humanity? Broad as the plot sounds, this one translates well to the big screen and moves along at a nice pace.

Acting was reasonably well done with Perry doing better than expected. Cattrall had moments of quality delivery punctuated by overacting and appearing to be lost. Gayheart was enjoyable if a bit green, while the remainder of the cast did fairly well.

Camera work, sets, and backgrounds are pretty good throughout with a solid, realistic feel. Effects including costuming, makeup, action scenes, and CGI were enjoyable with good detail. Dialogue did okay at presenting the storyline but could have had a bit more depth. Sound and soundtrack were decent.

If Invasion of the Body Snatchers meets Night of the Living Dead sounds like an interesting film, check this one out. Likewise if you enjoy older sci-fi films. A bit long at almost 3 hours, this made for TV movie should be one that die-hard sci-fi fans will enjoy.

With some potential disturbing content, save this one for teens and above.

Released: 1997
Reviewed: 1.11.15
Star rating: 3 out of 5
Genre: Sci-Fi & Fantasy, Alien Sci-Fi, TV Miniseries, Sci-Fi Thrillers, Dramas Based on the Book

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