While returning to Earth, the space-bus explodes and the fragments bring an alien virus that recodes the human DNA. In Washington, the psychiatrist Carol Bennell observes the modification of the behavior of one of her clients first, then in her former husband and finally in the population in general. Together with her friend Dr. Ben Driscoll the researcher Dr. Stephen Galeano, they discover that the extraterrestrial epidemic affects human beings while sleeping and that her son Ollie, who had chickenpox when he was a baby, is immune to the disease and may save mankind from the outbreak. —IMDb
Oliver Hirschbiegel, born December 29, 1957, in Hamburg, went to sea as a scullion after finishing Waldorf school. On his return, he studied painting and graphic with Sigmar Polke at Hamburg’s Hochschule der Künste but soon turned more and more to the departments of photography, video, and film; did installation art and performances, and finally switched to film directing.
Hirschbiegel started his professional career as a filmmaker in the mid-1980s as a unit manager for the TV series “Losberg”. In 1986, he made his debut as a director with the TV movie “Das Go! Projekt”. Hirschbiegel also wrote the screenplay for the film. Five years later, he caused a stir with the cutting-edge TV project “Mörderische Entscheidung” (“Murderous Decisions”): The thriller tells the same story in two separate films from the perspective of two different persons. Viewers were able to choose their perspective depending on the situation by switching between the ARD and the ZDF TV channels as both films… read more
James McTeigue (born 29 December 1967) is an Australian film director. He has been an assistant director on many films, including No Escape (1994), the Matrix trilogy (1999–2003) and Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones (2002), and made his directorial debut with the 2006 film V for Vendetta.
Born on Sydney’s North Shore, he grew up in Collaroy Plateau, a suburb on the Northern Beaches of Sydney, Australia. McTeigue attended Marist Brothers North Sydney then Cromer High School, in Cromer, a northern beach suburb of Sydney. He completed tertiary study in film at Charles Sturt University, Wagga Wagga Campus.
He first became involved in the film industry in the late 1980s, acting as production runner or production assistant in a number of small Australian films. In 1991 his role became assistant director, being the third assistant director in another Australian film, titled The Girl Who Came Late.
In 1994 he was the second assistant… read more
What rises from mangled-editing is a depiction of fear that smartly counters the political hysteria of previous versions (particularly Siegel), where instead of political infiltration it is the fear of exporting American 'politics.' It's a necessity of cold-business demeanor that Bennell observes as contagious disengagement. Self-awared break down of professional and personal barriers is what allows survival.
It's a perfectly fine movie. Sure, it's a remake of all remakes, but as a movie, it's pretty good.
What could have been an interesting take on a familiar story quickly degenerates into a muddled disaster. A disjointed plot brings nothing new to the ‘Invasion of the Body Snatchers’ formula, instead… read review