A movie that does such a good job inserting you into the plot so well that you project yourself in the scenes is very rare, but it exists. Invasion of the Body Snatchers dives us into what could be seen as foreplay to paranoia. When those to whom you tell the world is changing deny the problem, when the only people who share your perception also become absentminded, when even justice is afflicted and can’t do anything for you, you’ll obviously start wondering if you’ve gone mad.
As mentioned sometime during the film, this invasion consists of the evolution of the human race. Taken from this angle, the concept is even vaster but implies even more. Is this transformation positive? What remains of us after being transferred from one body to the next? How can we “evolve” if we don’t feel love nor hatred?
What scared me the most is how realistic the film becomes once you accept the extraterrestrial theory. You must see the film to understand. It is also for this reason that this film is classified as a horror flick instead of science-fiction.
The characters are not very attaching, even though they’re interpreted by an impressive shish kabob of actors. Their emotions are unstable and, at times, unjustified. Fortunately, the special effects and rhythm are exquisite. Still, one flaw somewhat annoyed me: not only do the extra terrestrials take over the human identity, they continue to fill in the same functions, stay in the same couple, etc. I hope that a superior race, capable of annihilating humanity, would have more evolved practices.
Invasion of the Body Snatchers has this nightmare aftertaste. It’s the remake of the 1956 movie with the same name. It too turned a simple concept into a movie that sent shivers down your spine because of its atmosphere. The 1978 version will be recalled as one of the rare remakes that is equivalent, if not superior, to the original.