STARRING: Donald Sutherland, Eric Thal, Julie
Warner, David Keith, Will Patton, Richard Blezer, Tom Mason,
1994, 109 Minutes, Directed by: Stuart Orme
Donald Sutherland leads a team of top-level government agents who make a
chilling discovery: extraterrestrial beings have landed and are quickly taking
control of the residents of a small midwestern town -- manipulating their bodies
and minds like puppets! Faced with an escalating crisis as the creatures
multiply and spread, the team must somehow eliminate the seemingly unstoppable
Adaptation of the 1950s alien invasion novel by Robert
Heinlein which we unfortunately never read. Familiar territory
not only for Donald Sutherland (who coped with another alien
invasion in the 1978 re-make of Invasion
of the Body Snatchers) but for
audiences as well. His shrewd and sardonic character is a toned down version of
many an irritating leading character from a Heinlein novel
one should be glad that his character is toned down as Heinlein's literary
characters can be pretty much know-it-all pains in the butt sometimes . . .
alien parasites in this movie are much like the invaders in Body
Snatchers, but is given a modern twist of sorts because they
look like the face hugger in the Alien movies.
nevertheless, this movie is so wonderfully archaic and
reminiscent of 1950s alien invasion stories that one cannot help
but like it - despite rather lackluster directing.
Sci-Fi Movie Page Pick:
Based on the classic Robert Heinlein story about alien invaders taking over humans (which
served as inspiration later on for the famous 1940s Invasion of the Body Snatchers novel
by Jack Finney, which has been filmed three times!). Updated for the 1990s by
the Blade scribe. Not fantastic, but serviceable.