Alien mind control is back in this latest rehash of Invasion of the Body Snatchers. Clearly, it's not an original concept, but don't believe all the negative press: The film is well-cast and decent enough to watch.
After a space shuttle crashes with some kind of extraterrestrial spore on its hull, CDC doctor Tucker Kaufman (Jeremy Northam) undergoes a mental metamorphosis. His ex-wife, psychiatrist Carol Bennell (Nicole Kidman), discovers that Tucker—and seemingly the rest of the world—is now acting strangely, a discovery punctuated when he holds her down to vomit into her mouth. That's an Invasion of Personal Space, to say the least.
Now on the run from an alien-influenced populace, and with only the help of her doctor pal (Daniel Craig), Bennell has to rescue her son and try to figure out what the hell's going on.
The problem's fix is discovered way too early, and the film's end arrives way too abruptly, leaving most of the film to focus solely on Kidman and company wildly running from the masses. There's nothing entirely grand or unique about the plot, but Kidman isn't exactly known for films like this, the new James Bond's there to help her, an eerily stolid Northam leads the chase after them, and tyke Jackson Bond is just as cute as a button. I'd say that's enough to give it a go.
Groundbreaking? No. Fun? Sure. Especially when Bennell's car gets pasted with a Molotov cocktail and she briefly pilots a ball of flames.
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