Zombies: Another Invasion
It’s probably a result of having her life plastered all over the cover of every magazine in every supermarket in Australia, but I’d pretty much lost interest in whatever it was that Nicole Kidman has been up to lately. Sure, I know that she just married that country singer – how could I not? But as far as what it is that she’s been doing movie wise, well, I can’t say that I’ve bothered with anything she’s done since The Interpreter. As luck would have it though, she was in a car accident yesterday (uninjured) and, as a result, her latest project has come to my attention.
Apparently Nicole’s latest project, and the one that she was working on when the accident occurred, started out as a third remake of the brilliant sci-fi classic INVASION OF THE BODY SNATCHERS. The film started out being called simply INVASION, but the name changed (presumably because of the television series, with that name and based on the ‘body snatchers’ concept, which was airing at the time) to THE VISITING, before again changing to it’s current title THE INVASION… With so many changes it’s no wonder that it’s managed to allude my sci-fi, horror, movie remake, spider senses!
While the film started out as being a remake the script has undergone so many changes and is so far from the original that it is now considered to be a completely independent work. What also sounds cool is that The Invasion appears to have added more weight to the whole ‘zombie’ element which was really only touched on in the original (first remake?). This is all great really, because we don’t need a remake of IotBS any time soon as the 1978, Philip Kaufman version (which stared Donald Sutherland and Jeff Goldblum) is still extremely enjoyable to watch.
In this new version Nicole plays a psychiatrist who discovers that a strange epidemic (which ZOMB-A-FIES people) has an alien origin (well, DUH)… Sadly though, in one of those all to convenient plot conventions, it turns out that Nic’s character’s son may hold the key to stopping the zombie making virus thingy.
Shoddy sounding plot conveniences aside, with people like Nicole and James Bond (Daniel Craig) involved we may just have our first ever mainstream zombie flick success on our hands. And besides, I’ve always said that if you can’t suspend your disbelief for at least a couple of hours then you should be watching a zombie movie in the first place!
Oh, one other titbit that I also noticed and thought was pretty cool, is that Veronica Cartwright, who played Nancy Bellicec in the 1978 Invaders of the Body Snatchers AND appeared in several episodes of the short lived (But brilliant) INVASION television series, also has a role in this film! [source]