STARRING: Terry Kinney, Meg Tilly, Gabrielle Anwar, Forest Whitaker, Reilly
Murphy, Billy Wirth, Christine Elise, R. Lee Ermey, Kathleen Doyle
1994, 87 Minutes, Directed by: Abel Ferrara
Description:The pod people are back! Aliens take over human
bodies and souls in this remake of the classic tale starring Meg Tilly,
Gabrielle Anwar and Forest Whitaker. —
Ever found yourself looking at other persons and wondering whether you actually
really knew them? Of course you have. Although, if the feeling persists some
professional help might probably be in order . . .
It is, as you are no doubt aware, about people who are
replaced by so-called "pod people", alien invaders from outer space. These invaders look and sound like the people they replace
- but they do not act like them. In fact, they are emotionless creatures
conforming to some kind of hive mentality. . .
This 1994 version of the familiar story by director Abel (The Bad Lieutenant)
Ferrera is perhaps the least known or seen of all the versions, but is by no means the
worst. It is more a variation on existing themes than a remake of the previous films
and updates the
story to a 1990s setting.
"If you’ve seen any of the other
versions, then little in Body Snatchers will come as any real
This version is about a teenage girl (Gabrielle Anwar - the
beautiful girl with whom Al Pacino danced in Scent Of A Woman) and her
dysfunctional family consisting of her father, stepmother and little stepbrother who goes
to an army base that is infiltrated by the emotionless body snatchers. Ever thought there
is something weird about the military? Well, now you know . . .
Why re-tell a story for a second time? The metaphor behind Body Snatchers is a powerful
one that can be adapted to fit your cause. The first film was either a commentary on the absurdities
of the Cold War and McCarthyism or a paranoid fear of communism. The second one perhaps a lament for the passing of the
hippie era. This latest version? Film critic Roger Ebert read into it
a fear of Aids.
Personally I see it as some kind of commentary on the
international political conformity of the post-Cold War era, George
Bush’s so-called "New Order" enforced by the U.S. military. But then again, that’s just me . . .
But enough Intellectual Film Criticism 101, is the film any good? The film
suffers from over-familiarity.If youve seen any of the other versions, then little
in Body Snatchers will come as any real surprise.
However, some scenes are quite
effective and suspenseful and in the end Body Snatchers, despite its faults, is a
nasty piece of paranoia (especially if you share my dread of people in uniforms) . . .
Movie Page Pick:So . . . the military has been taken over by
an alien intelligence? What else is new?! Third remake of the now very familiar Invasion of the Body
Snatchers storyline, this one is set in an Army base camp and has some pretty effective
moments. Directed by Abel (Bad Lieutenant) Ferarra and starring that sexy, stylish
girl from Scent of a Woman.