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The Invasion
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Reviewed on 2007-08-16
Received[2]  out of 4 stars
GenreAction / Drama / Horror / Sci-Fi / Thriller

Talk about pretty predictable. That is what you get from The Invasion. This film centralizes on an alien invasion after a space shuttle implodes upon impact. Fragments are spread across the country and as people come into contact with it they start acting strange. Soon the spores are spreading quickly across the nation and people are becoming invaded by this alien epidemic. Dr. Carol Bennell (Nicole Kidman) is one of the first citizens to notice the change. As a psychiatrist she discovers that one of her patientís husband has changed. Her patient tells of how he has been acting strangely and is constantly bringing her beverages to drink. After Carolís son, Oliver, comes in contact with a strange skin cell, she turns the spore into the lab they soon learn that this is an organism unlike any seen before, and it has a high survival rate.

At the climax Carol realizes what an outbreak this has become and needs to be reunited with her son, who is visiting his father. When she goes to pick up her son she is confronted by his father who is acting very strange. Discovering he is one of the infected she tries to escape but not before having made contact with the virus. Knowing she is in danger of turning she does everything she can to find her son. Once she is reunited with Oliver (Jackson Bond) she realizes that he has not become contaminated. Carol discovers her son is immune to the invasion and may possibly be the only one to find a cure for the virus.

This film had a promising storyline but as the invasion takes over the community it slowly looses ground. Storyline felt rushed as if it was a race to the bad ending. Sadly the storyline and dialogue given to the cast was underrated for the talent it had. There was not much suspense or horror in this film. I became truly disappointed in the end when an unrealistic car chase leads to a strange ending. Although this movie was your classic alien invading thriller, I would recommend this as a family flick. Pre-teens could enjoy this film equally as there are very few graphic scenes and language is kept very clean. If you enjoy dull and unrealistic storylines with an alien twist check out this summer flick. 2 out of 4 stars.

Review By: Jolene Mendez

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