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Invasion of the Body Snatchers
in author Stephenie Meyer's soppy teen romance, here swapping vampires for aliens.
star Saoirse Ronan deserved better than this, playing a teenager whose body is implanted with an intergalactic "Soul". But as one of the few humans who can fight the parasitic takeover, she uses her host to protect loved ones hidden in a cave-dwelling community. It's a daft dual part where Ronan's inner voice constantly bickers with that of her host and each moons over differing boys. The device gets old very quickly and writer/director Andrew Niccol (
) takes an overly earnest approach that also becomes a bore. The clinical design is more striking, with white alien couture and shiny silver vehicles contrasting nicely with the rustic mountain society, run by a grizzled William Hurt. However the minimal special effects are hokey and the story of two colliding minds couldn't be more mindless.
Earth is invaded by parasitic aliens which possess humans, but one of the creatures discovers the consciousness of her teenage host has not been fully repressed. The human part of their personality persuades her to turn her back on her race and seek out free humans, leading her to a resistance group fighting to free mankind. Sci-fi adventure, starring Saoirse Ronan, Max Irons and William Hurt.
Cast & Crew
Melanie Stryder / Wanda
Seeker / Lacey
Marcus Lyle Brown
Wanda / Petals Open to the Moon
DVD and Blu-ray
29 Mar 2013
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