Chockstone Pictures, Nick Wechsler Productions, Silver Reel

Saoirse Ronan, Diane Kruger, William Hurt, Frances Fisher, Jake Abel, Max Irons, Boyd Holbrook, Marcus Lyle Brown, Bokeem Woodbine, Chandler Canterbury, Scott Lawrence, David House, Phil Austin

The Earth has been taken over by aliens who take over human bodies and control them. Most all humans except for a few small holdouts are gone, and those left are on the run. Meolanie Stryder (Saoirse Ronan) would rather kill herself than herself to be captured and the whereabouts of her loved ones would be compromised, but her attempt at suicide fails when she doesn’t die. She is taken over by one alien called Wander, but Melanie is strong and fights her. The two inside one body are reluctant allies in attempting to reach the ones they love.

This is a really well done sci-fi thriller. With a lot of suspense, yet with a lot of thought behind it. But at the same time, it has it’s weaknesses too. Saoirse’s performance is spectacular, and of course William Hurt puts in a great performance as always as the leader of the rebel group. But I guess the most surprising performance was Max Irons as little brother Jared. He does a fabulous job. All in all, the script is one of the best sci-fi stories I’ve seen in a long, long time. But what are the problems? Well, many folks like to put the blame on Stephanie Meyer, author of the Twilight series, and perhaps that’s the problem. But, although I haven’t read the book, I hear it’s really good. Perhaps there’s a little too much cheese in the second half of the film for true sci-fi fans. But what I think is that perhaps we have a sci-fi adventure for girls? The focus of the last half of the movie, like Twilight, is a lot about the romance, and somehow the ending does not live up to the rest of the story. But it is a worthwhile movie, and is a very interesting concept. If you can look past the weenie kissing parts, and the love conquers all parts, the story is still very much worth watching.

So the bottom line is that I really enjoyed the story, and I suspect 15 year old girls will like it too. Finally a girls movie that Dad’s can watch with their daughters.

EdG – EdsReview Dot Com – A Movie Review Blog



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