DATELINE: Sequel, not Remake!
3 Peas in a Pod?
The movie The Invasion of the Body Snatchers with Donald Sutherland and Leonard Nimoy back in the late 1970s was not technically a remake, but a sequel.
Though it uses the same story-line by Jack Finney from his novel, it is slightly updated to contemporary times. Then, out of the original ending comes a running Kevin McCarthy, the original star, dashing through the streets of San Francisco like Paul Revere, calling people to alert.
The “pod people” are coming. Indeed.
This film is even more nightmarish in its paranoia than the original 1950s Commies under the bed movie.
Here the paranoia is steeped in everyone and everything. People are either inexplicably dashing to-and-fro in the background, or they are staring emotionlessly at you.
San Francisco, always weird anyhow, is the perfect backdrop for chaos and insanity.
Gathering some of the most familiar of sci-fi faces, the film puts Veronica Cartwright (Aliens) with Jeff Goldblum (Jurassic Park ) and Leonard Nimoy (Star Trek) as a motley crew.
The film is surprisingly modern with the omission of Internet and PCs, which did not exist back then. However, the government control and conspiracy notions are heavy-handed. The use of public phones will be an incomprehensible throwback for young viewers who may wonder where the texting is.
Visual details are fascinating and complex. No one seems to wonder why rubbish trucks are constantly picking up mounds of black cotton at night. This is the ultimate conspiracy theorist wallow.
If you are a conspiracy nut, then you will not have much restful sleep after watching this looney-tune of a science fiction horror. It puts together man-eating plants with the egg-head monsters of Alien.