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Saturday, August 18, 2007

Doppleganger

Last night, i ended up watching a movie with Aaron Hale (his music). It was a lot of fun, i had a great time. It will be good for me having him out here. He and I get along on an "entertainment level" if nothing else. We both like the same forms of music, movies, TV and alike. And i don't really get to go to a lot of movies in theater anymore. The movie was:

The Invasion-
In 1956 a movie came out under the title "Invasion of the Body Snatchers". The movie was about a doctor/psychologist who realizes that people are being replaced by "pod people", who are emotionless clones walking around like zombies, talking with formal words and monotone voices. It can be said the that movie was a message about the evils of Soviet-Communist movement.
Then in 1978, the movie was redone under the same title. However, it was based in the much larger city of San Francisco, and the main character was, Matthew Bennell (Donald Sutherland), a health inspector. There were cameos from the first film, and has a young Jeff Goldblum. This film was slightly darker in the fact that you actually see that the original person is destroyed during the making of the Pod Person, and does not have a happy ending where as they never defeat the pod people. If you haven't seen it by now you had that spoiler coming. Still essentially the same movie; both in California, both plant people, both "zombies".
The film, obviously successful, made a THIRD remake (GODDAMN!) in 1993, simply named "Body Snatchers". The films response was poor, and made little impression with the public, more like a cheesy horror flick. This film was a jab a the US Army conformity, being that it was centered in a Military base.
With each film more empowering for woman than the last, the newest film actually has the star as a woman, Nichole Kidman — still a total hottie by the way. As mentioned before, this film was just called "The Invasion," (originally, and probably better off as "the Visiting") probably because it had nothing to do with pod-people. LAME! A strain of symbiotic virus comes down in a shuttle crash, and starts taking over people. Kidman, is a psychologist, working in D.C. (not California. grr...), alongside Daniel Craig (James Bond!), who is her love interest, and a high profile doctor there. This movie was mostly a disappointment story lacking the certain "umf" that you expect from movies today, however I can see how this story-line would have been thrilling in the late 50's. By trying to "update" the film and getting rid of the pod-people, you eliminated the threat of dying as well, making it less scary. The chill factor of people walking around, just showing up around each corner was good. It's a movie experience i haven't gotten since "Halloween," but this didn't last more more than one scene. Also on the good side, the score was beautifully crafted. Otherwise, the take-over was unrealistic (i.e. throwing up in coffee), the characters felt as if they were body snatched before the movie started (at least from a cast with so much talent), and it simply wasn't scary. The biggest pitfall for me though was it's attempt at being current and political like is predecessors, but this movie just complained about how people go to war, and are innately animals, without any point or moral. That without emotion, people are better off because we are at peace. Big Effing deal, that is just stupid.
All together, Rotten Tomatoes trashed the film with a 20%, I feel it's slightly better than that.

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