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Monday, October 19, 2009

Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1978)

I watched this movie for its outdated b-movie feel. I was not disappointed. I understand that the plot deviates significantly from the original 50's movie and also from the book. The basic plot is ludicrous. I mean, science fiction usually is but these characters lacked logic and the ability to act in their own interest without a support group. Trust becomes a problem for the main characters as the pod people are capable of passing as human.

The pod people to not take over the bodies of their victims but replicate their appearance. This seems silly and cheap to me. The pod people do not have individual identities, they act in concert with a single group mind and goal. Unless they are actually in need of the organic materials (the process is not explained), chasing down and converting each human is an excessive waste.

This movie hinges exclusively on terror, the fear of being replaced is the only thing this movie really has to offer.

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