Friday, August 9, 2013

Things To See 3: Body Snatchers (1993)

Though Roger Ebert praised this film as the best adaptation of Jack Finney's novel Invasion of the Body Snaters, I much prefer the 1978 version starring Donald Sutherland, Jeff Goldblum and Leonard Nimoy.  What's so incredible about this series of adaptations is that it's been adapted so many times, if not ripped off.  It's the one idea that I support remakes of, even if they're atrocious, because they're always prescient.  

'56 With it's communism/suburanite americana   (only eight years after Levittown, where Bill O'Reilly grew up).

'78 With it's brilliant subversive take on the me-generation.

And we come to Body Snatchers.  It's very good, but it's not flawless.  Originally, the script by Stuart Gordon involved a community just outside an army base.  The film sets itself on the base itself (which, interestingly, is a place where everyone is supposed to act the same anway). A young Gabriel Anwar ( Scent of a Woman, Burn Notice) stars as the girl who starts to feel alienated in a place where it's necessary to do so.

I don't love it, but Abel Ferrera's Body Snatchers is well worth a look.  It's brutal and unforgiven, with a great turn from Meg Tilly.


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