Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1978)

Ⓒ Solofilm
Ⓒ Solofilm

Director: Philip Kaufman Cast: Donald Sutherland, Brooke Adams. Jeff Goldblum, Leonard Nimoy

Organisms come from outer space to San Francisco, and gradually copy the form of various locals and take their place. The result is a city of emotionless citizens, aiming to do away with the humans that still remain, including Matthew Bennell (Sutherland), who works for the health department.

Sci-fi is a genre that I find can be a bit hit and miss- some films of the genre have become among my favourites of all time (just over a month till The Force Awakens ahhhhh), while others can just be a bit weird. So for this one, I tried to go in with few expectations- and I really liked it. The film is creepy from the outset- it begins with showing the mysterious organisms floating around San Francisco while unsuspecting people are ignorant to the terror before them. I found it was made even creepier by the soundtrack- it’s very minimal, and sometimes there’s not background music at all, which means that the viewer can’t tell when something creepy is about to happen because the soundtrack gives no clues. There is tension throughout, and a lot of it takes place at night which always adds to the drama.

I would say however that there were some parts of the plot where it took quite a long time for something to happen; although the film is effective in building tension, sometimes it moved just a little too slowly. Another very minor issue was, and this was probably just in my own case, was that the film seemed to be a bit grainy in terms of quality of the picture- but like I say, this is probably just the particular version that I watched.

I wouldn’t say this film it totally appropriate for kids, since it does have a very creepy or eerie feel to it. I would say, however, that those who don’t usually like sci-fi films would still enjoy this because it’s effectively low-key rather than over-the-top.

3.5 stars

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