Day 106: The Invasion (2007)

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The Invasion (2007) IMDB

Synopsis:

[From IMDB:] As a Washington psychiatrist unearths the origin of an alien epidemic, she also discovers her son might be the only way it can be stopped.

My take:

Is it just me, or do most of the key cast members in this film have a weird accent? Particularly Nicole Kidman, whose accent seemed both inconsistent and just…unrecognisable.

Huh.

Other than that though, I don’t actually think it was the acting that killed The Invasion. Not that it was particularly good, but it was at least passable. And, while it relied on some implausible moments in order to push the plot along, I don’t think there was anything particularly bad about the storyline, either. Sure, it was an absolute mishmash of concepts that we’ve already seen in other movies, but, well, that’s not exactly a new problem in and of itself. Nor is the clumsiness with which the movie tries to engage in political/social commentary.

I’m placing the blame for this movie right in the lap of the director, who seems to have done an amazing job of distancing the viewer from any of the emotional impact that could have been squeezed out of the movie. Everything just felt so flat and emotionless, even when Nicole Kidman was breaking down in tears on the screen. And if the director wasn’t even able to get something out of that, well – even as someone who’s confused by Nicole Kidman’s career choices, I can’t say that’s her fault.

I feel like I should at least say something positive, so: kudos to them casting non-white actors to portray good people. Even if they did generally only have a line or two before dying, or never being seen again.

And…that’s about all I’ve got. That’s just how uninspiring (and uninspired) everything about this movie was.

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