***1/2 I essentially liked it. Ferrara's vision is clear & profound for nearly 3/5ths of the movie, then it spirals out & becomes pretty silly. In short, BODY SNATCHERS should be a three hour epic, w/ ample time dedicated to each individual & communal aspect of Ferrara's artistic interest. The familial unit needed to be further explored, the daughter's withdrawal more deeply addressed, the military fully represented.
Abel Ferrara's vision is, as ever, decidedly bleak. Not only does he display the violence of humanity in the starkest possible terms, he absolutely refuses to give humans ontological priority over the invasive species of the title. Even within the belly of the beast at Warner Bros., Ferrara is (shockingly and refreshingly) unrelenting in his anti-humanism. Vulgar auteurism, par excellence.