Body Snatchers (1993) is an American sci-fi horror thriller film that is loosely based on Jack Finney‘s novel, The Body Snatchers (1955) and is the third film adaptation of Jack Finney’s novel. Director Abel Ferrara (Bad Lieutenant (1992), King of New York (1990), The Funeral (1996)) did not fail or excel at executing this 87 minutes long movie about humans being replicated into soulless humans. The film contains male and female nudity that are non-sexual related, drug use, bad language, minor violence, and little suspense. Body Snatchers was filmed in Craig Air Force Base, Selma, Alabama, USA and Selma, Alabama, USA.
Body Snatchers revolves around people working at a military base in Alabama being replaced by physical replicates of individuals grown from plant-like pods. It is nearly impossible to tell apart the imitation people from the real people when looking at them, but you can tell them apart because the replica people lacks emotion.
Steve Malone (Terry Kinney - Oz (1997), Sleepers (1996), The Firm (1993), The Last of the Mohicans (1992)) is an agent for the Environmental Protection Agency. Steve is assigned to find out the effect on the ecological system that might be caused by the military base in Alabama. Steve, his daughter Marti (Gabrielle Anwar - Burn Notice (2007), Scent of a Woman (1992), The Three Musketeers (1993), The Librarian: Return to King Solomon’s Mines (2006)), his second (now) wife Carol and his stepson, Andy started their journey to their new home on the base. The movie instantly became interesting when Marti was threatened in a gas station restroom by someone who made her scared to see if she has emotions and then told her that they will get you when you are sleeping.
Marti later meets the military personnel that threatened her at the gas station at a bar that she is meeting friends at, and the military personal denies ever meeting Marti. I was sad to see Andy discovering his mother Carol crumbling to dust while her soulless double comes out of the closet. Andy feels alone because no one believe him when he is telling them that the female is not his real mother, his real mother is dead. Carol later tries to convince Marti and Steve that is a good thing to have a “take over” because it ends confusion and other things. Steve was falling for it until Marti and Andy dragged him out of the door while Carol screams which alerted other people like her that there are humans amongst them. We were treated with the human-like creatures hunting down the real humans who were outnumbered. What happens next is for you to discover if you are interested in watching an average film.
The movie was a beautiful watch, and I cannot help feeling that I would have enjoyed this film more if I had seen it in the 1990s instead of now, 2016. With that said, my review might not be the same compared to someone who saw this film when it came out. I enjoyed the storyline and the kids in the movie did a remarkable job with their roles/performances. The special effects could have been better as well as the sets, sound, and cinematography. Body Snatchers is clearly a movie that I will not see again but do recommend it to sci-fi lovers.
About Body Snatchers (1993)
Starring: R. Lee Ermey, Phil Neilson, Forest Whitaker, Meg Tilly, Billy Wirth, Christine Elise, Keith Smith, Darien Taylor, Winston E. Grant, J.D. Walters, Timothy P. Brown, Thurman L. Combs, Sylvia Small, Adrian Unveragh, Johnny Lee Smith, Gabrielle Anwar, Allen Perada, Terry Kinney, Candice Orsini, Reilly Murphy, Marty Lyons, Rick Kangrga, Kathleen Doyle, Michael Cohen, G. Elvis Phillips, Kimberly L. Cole, Stanley Small, James P. Monoghan, Tonea Stewart, Craig Lockhart
Director: Abel Ferrara
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