Humanity missing in soulless 'Invasion'

Apparently cooked up by a squad of Oxford-educated chimps and edited by a team of Iron Chefs soused on sake, the fourth version of Invasion of the Body Snatchers has nothing going for it except the smashing good looks of Nicole Kidman and Daniel Craig. Set mostly in present-day Washington, with a long stop in Baltimore, The Invasion is even worse than the forgotten 1993 version, Body Snatchers, and that was set on a boring military base.

Even if you sense the movie dead-ending at the close of every sequence, the pull of the central idea may keep you hooked for a while. You'll end up wondering how a film can miss so badly when it features outer-space organisms hitchhiking to Earth and taking over our bodies and brains while destroying our emotional identities.

The Invasion (Warner Bros.) Starring Nicole Kidman, Daniel Craig, Jeremy Northam. Directed by Oliver Hirschbiegel. Rated R. Time 90 minutes.

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