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Invasion of the Body Snatchers

Philip Kaufman USA, 1978

Duncan Gray's rating of the film Die Körperfresser kommen

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.