Excellent film de science-fiction, sur l'éternel thème de l'invasion de notre planète par des puissances extra-terrestres, qui allie avec pertinence et dynamisme le suspense, l'originalité et l'angoisse. Un film qui ne démérite en rien face à son illustre prédécesseur, modèle et référence du genre... www.cinefiches.com
A superior remake, with 20 years of new FX and formal sophistication on its side. Moving the story to SF is fruitful: paranoid funk is in the air there, and this upscaling wouldn't be the same in any other metropolis. But it falls short of greatness. For all its interesting thematic choices—civil servants, pop psychology, unspoken love, city life, the attitudes of the Me Generation—none of them are fully actualized.
Meh. Much too drawn-out and invaded by occasional cheese to be truly enjoyable, not to mention the less interesting treatment of the pod people compared to the original, but the atmosphere is sufficiently creepy and ominous. I just have a slight aversion to Donald Sutherland. His face when he tries to act scared is just unbearably funny at times.
Strong cast and their naturalistic approach - along with the unique visual style that brings to life every street corner, apartment or office - are mashed up with deconstruction of everyday routine, dystopian paranoia and body horror. Thanks to the aforementioned, it's bearable to sit through the tiresome final act. Or sleepiness was intentional as a parallel for the motifs of the movie? Unusual and interesting film.
Excellent paranoia riff by Kaufman with an assured use of naturalistic detail to cover the plot hysterics. As with many 1970s films there is a great sense of flowing choreography with neat editing of scene bridges, sound cues and fluid camerawork. In lesser hands this could have been a derivative hack job; instead an intelligent audience pleaser with themes of conspiracy and (if not too fanciful) national meltdown.
Don Seigel's classic being one of the ancestors of the New Hollywood, Kaufman's version isn't timely as much as it is opportunistic. Less subtle than a 50s B-movie or a film by Abel Ferrara, it offers no meaningful update beyond directing that tries too hard to captivate. Like a sequel to Tron made in 2010; it's so obvious, it's useless.
A remake of 1956 movie of the same name. If the 1956 version is a sci-fi thriller, then this movie is a sci-fi horror. In my opinion, it's more horror than sci-fi. Although this movie has the same basic storyline, this movie has some different way to tell its story. Like the previous one - it's haunting, thrilling, plus it has an eerie music score. It also has a paranoid feel. Maybe, it's one of the best remake...
One of the troubling aspects of Kaufman's approach is the vantage he allows the non-human organisms; the opening, the phone booth, the positively alien score beeping and whirring, all work to suggest that his sympathies are somewhere between his characters and their environment. And why not? The humans flee, but without any reasoned resistance. The fear might be uniformity, but nature makes a compelling argument.
A lot of films from around this time try to capture the paranoia and cynicism of the post-Watergate 70s, but it took an update of a sci-fi McCarthyism parable to really pull it off. Both a product of its time and completely timeless in portraying the fear that those closest to us aren't who they say they are. And oh, don't fall asleep - those who dream are bound to get screwed. Absolutely brilliant.