Have you ever had the feeling that your wife was not your wife, or that your son was not your son, or that your mother was not your mother? Odd question, I know, but weve all had instances where someone we know well behaves in such a fashion that they almost seem like a different person.
Obviously old age can have an affect on our personalities, but this usually is a slow process that happens over a long period of time. Im speaking of the quick, Jekyll/Hyde phenomenon where someone suddenly seems entirely different.
This curious circumstance happens frequently with young children, usually triggered by the onset of exhaustion. I know that if my son skips a nap, sometime around 7:00 p.m. hell begin to show signs of being overtired. If I dont act quickly and get him into bed, all hell can break loose. He can go from a happy, carefree young boy to an enraged psychopath almost instantly. I learned pretty quickly to not engage this creature, as it is incapable of rational thought. The key is containment; never attempt to fight the monster head on.
My wife can also fall victim to the Jekyll/Hyde phenomenon. While she is also capable of snapping because of exhaustion, her release into the mental abyss is generally triggered by a lack of sustenance. Well be having a lovely conversation and suddenly Ill notice that she isnt paying attention to me anymore - and then shell start to clean. I would love to understand why the physiology of her body is such that when it requires nutrients, she feels the need to play with Windex or do laundry. Of course, theres nothing wrong with cleaning. The problem is that she cleans like an enraged madwoman and at such a feverish pace that no one around her feels safe. When this happens Ill generally hold her down and force a donut or Snickers bar into her mouth until her blood pressure drops.
Now, while my son is too young to understand the forces of nature that act upon his nervous system, my wife is acutely aware them except when she is in the throws of an episode. By then its too late. At any other time she will say, You know how I need to eat or Ill get weird. We call the creature she becomes The Beast, and trust me, you dont want to be around The Beast when it becomes unhinged.
Luckily, the two people that I love the most in this world always return to me, usually without too much devastation. But imagine if someone you loved really did change into a different person. In fact, imagine if everyone you knew started to have personality shifts. Sounds a little creepy, huh? Well, thats the basis of this weeks feature, The Invasion, starring Nicole Kidman and Daniel Craig.
Obviously The Invasion is a retelling of the hugely popular Invasion of the Body Snatchers, which was originally released in 1956 but known by most from the remake in 1978. Like its predecessors, The Invasion examines the scenario where alien forces quietly enter the earths population and begin to act upon the psychology of the human race.
Unfortunately, because of peoples great love for the first two films, much criticism has been thrust at this new release. I think its entirely unwarranted because, as much as I appreciated the tone and structure of the 56 and 78 versions, I very much enjoyed this modern adaptation with its unique nuances.
If you like your science fiction delivered on a believable plate, where the possibility that the portrayed events really could happen to the human race, then The Invasion is the perfect film for you. Younger viewers may be disappointed by the lack of gore or alien encounters, but this in no way detracts from the tension that arises from the storyline. Moreover, people who generally shy away from science fiction films may find this one entirely agreeable. An eerie B+ for The Invasion.