Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1978)

Small seed pods develop and float of a planet within space, ending up floating all the way to Planet Earth. We see these pods then transform into small pretty flowers in gardens. But these flowers pods begin to become something that the world has never seen before. Over time these flower pods mutate and have the power of copying a human body. They clone one person at a time, slowly taking over our Earth. One person investigating the strange events in San Fransisco is Matthew Bennell (Donald Sutherland) who is a public health inspector. He along with his friends try to prove the outbreak is real and generally learns more about this new invasion.
 
The film’s setup and plot are rather pleasing to see. We witness the beginning of the alien invasion but also the effects this invasion has on human life on Earth. It also doesn’t take long for the film to introduce the leading character of Matthew Bennell (Donald Sutherland) who as a lead is quite confident and likeable. He isn’t a hard-core action hero but he is wise, particularly when it comes to health matters.
 
The acting from Donald Sutherland was great to see and I was surprised to find out later that the actor did some of his own stunts (particularly in the third act). There are also other well-known actors in this film including Brooke Adams, Jeff Goldblum & Leonard Nimoy. While the additional cast is exciting and welcoming to see, the outcomes for their characters are predictable and overall they never carry the same enjoyment as Donald Sutherland.
 
Visually I truly enjoyed re-watching this film on a Blu-ray release which is now out of print in Australia. Considering the age of the film, I was personally impressed to see how well this film holds up today. Both visuals and even the film’s plot are all solid and feel fresh as a suspenseful sci-fi movie.
 
As a plot I loved the film’s beginning and last act (with a priceless twist ending), but the middle part of this film can feel slightly painful regarding the plot. Sometimes the film feels like it goes back and forth with certain scenes. There is also lots of screen time given to characters who are simply trying to convince others about what’s going on.
 
Overall, this film is loaded with many cinematic moments which are unforgettable once you watch it. If you’ve never seen this film, it belongs on your watch-list today. Surprisingly enough, this film holds up quite nicely and the film’s suspense is still strong, not to mention the surprising twist ending. Performances, particularly from the lead actor Donald Sutherland, are also impressive and delightful.
 

8.5/10

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In this movie, one of the biggest highlights in America is happening right now at a university campus- pledge week!  During this week, young people attending university accept challenges to prove their worth, drink heavily and party. It's evident that social...

Relic (2020)

When a grandmother named Edna (Robyn Nevin) appears to have gone missing, her daughter Kay (Emily Mortimer), and her granddaughter Sam (Bella Heathcote), decides to check on her. As Kay and Sam arrive at Edna's home, they confirm she is missing. A police report is...

Coming Home in the Dark (2021)

A family of four are on a road trip. The father, Alan (Erik Thomson), the mother, Jill (Miriama McDowell) and their two teenage sons Jorden (Frankie Paratene) and Maika (Billy Paratene), are travelling through New Zealand. We witness the general interactions of this...

Forever First Love (2020)

Paul (Steven Rooke) is a highly-skilled photographer working for a magazine company.  By pure luck, while visiting the Philippines for work and taking some photos in the local markets, he sees Anna, his first love (Carlotta Morelli). After seeing her from afar,...

Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings (2021)

The film begins with a narration explaining the Legend of the Ten Rings and its origins. We also learn about the man who discovered the powerful rings and used them consistently until something significant happened in his life.  The film fast forwards to the...

Die in a Gunfight (2021)

Set in New York City, Die in a Gunfight is a modern tale of Romeo + Juliet. The story is narrated by actor Billy Crudup, who first introduces the audience to Ben Gibbon (Diego Boneta).   Ben is well known for taking a beating and never seems to give up a...

Superhost (2021)

Teddy (Osric Chau) and Claire (Sarah Canning) are a young couple who are also full-time vloggers with their very own channel, Superhost. Together they have built a reputation and large following by visiting various hotels and holiday spots and reviewing them with...

Candyman (2021)

Continuing from the first film, which featured in 1992, Candyman (2021) is set in 2019.  It’s been an entire decade since Cabrini towers were completely torn down.  This new instalment follows Anthony (Yahya Abdul-Mateen II), who lives with his girlfriend,...

Hammer (2019)

The film begins with a young man, Chris (Mark O’Brien), entering the woods to conduct a secret drug and cash deal with another man. But during the exchange, something occurs that puts Chris on the run. While successfully getting away on a motorbike, he bumps into...

Hunter’s Moon (2020)

Hunter's Moon (also known as The Orchard) follows a family's move to a quiet life in the country. As the father, mother and three teenage daughters enter the small town several reveals are made. We learn that the house this family has just purchased had a previous...

The Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard (2021)

Michael (Ryan Reynolds) was once known as an excellent AAA-rated bodyguard; well, that was until he was the bodyguard for a hitman named Darius Kincaid (Samuel L. Jackson). After the events of The Hitman's Bodyguard (2017), Michael is depressed and having haunting...

Reminiscence (2021)

The future world has forever changed and Miami is permanently flooded.  The night is when the city really comes alive, and daytime is filled with emptiness and hardly anyone walking around. The film introduces Nick (Hugh Jackman), a man who limps on one leg due to...

Streamline (2021)

Benjamin (Levi Miller) is a fifteen-year-old young man who hopes to become the next Olympic swimming champion for Australia.  With his mum's help, he gets up every morning at 3 am to train with his coach.  His mother is determined to help Benjamin in every...

Respect (2021)

We meet Aretha Franklin as just a young child in this film before following her life and fame.  From this introduction, we understand her upbringing and what life was like with her family. Aretha would always have the honour of singing at dinner parties and even...

Hands of the Ripper (1971)

The film begins by showing us Jack the Ripper on the run after his most recent killing. When he returns home, he kills his lover, who had been unaware of his identity as a dangerous murderer. Witnessing this horrific murder is Jack's daughter, a small child sitting in...

Free Guy (2021)

Guy (Ryan Reynolds) opens the film with narration, explaining his day-to-day life to viewers, including working at a bank.  We also gain an insight into where he lives, Free City.  But when Guy begins to have vivid dreams, he makes some major...

Sator (2019)

The story of Sator follows Adam (Gabriel Nicholson), a deer hunter who lives a lonely existence in a "cabin in the woods." We learn that occasionally his brother Pete (Michael Daniel) will pop in for a visit and that his Grandmother who lives close by, Nani...

The Dead Zone (1983)

Based on a novel by Stephen King, The Dead Zone follows Johnny (Christopher Walken), a teacher who is head over heels in love with a woman he hopes to marry in due time. But things go wrong when Johnny gets involved in a terrible motor vehicle accident, putting Johnny...

Mosquito State (2020)

Set in 2007, the film introduces Richard (Beau Knapp), a talented yet highly obsessive data analyst who works on Wall Street. Richard is passionate about details. He generally keeps to himself as he lacks people skills and struggles to have decent conversations with...

Jakob’s Wife (2021)

Anne (Barbara Crampton) lives in a small town married to Jakob, the church pastor who enjoys helping others within the community. But for Anne, things could be a lot better, especially when it comes to her marriage with Jakob. Over the last thirty years, their...