The story of Invasion of the Bodysnatchers is a common one, and a story I’ve seen many times. The story goes: an alien force invades our planet by taking over or cloning the bodies of various individuals, the “snatched bodies” evade detection long enough to make more of themselves, more bodies are taken over, eventually a small group of individuals is fighting to stay alive or in control, and they either succeed or fail.

Invasion of the Bodysnatchers is one of the truly great versions of this story because there’s no hope for the victims. They cannot be cured, or rescued, because they are already dead. Instead, only emotionless clones remain to impersonate them. Further, this version of the story has the best ending of all of the different versions of this story. Plus, Donald Sutherland, Jeff Goldlbum, and Leonard Nimoy are all in this one. That alone should make it worth whatever price of admission there is.

My only complaint about this story is the fact that it seemed as though there truly was no method for the characters to fight back. Simply falling asleep meant you were dead. Sure, someone could wake you up, but falling asleep again lead to your death. I think it is meant to be implied that the pods that would clone you while you slept were usually nearby and thus could reach you with their tendrils to start the cloning process, but that’s rarely how it appeared.

That is, however, a small complaint about an otherwise excellent remake. Tomorrow, of course, I’ll be watching The Faculty, which is another retelling of the story, but with so many recognizable faces, it’ll make your head spin. Be sure to check it out.

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