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Invasion | 2007 | PG-13 | - 3.6.4

Nicole Kidman and Daniel Craig star in the fourth film based on Jack Finney's sci-fi novel "Invasion of the Body Snatchers": An extraterrestrial super virus begins to take over humanity as a victim's DNA is modified, creating a person that looks the same as before but with a strikingly different personality. Also with Jeremy Northam, Jeffrey Wright and Jackson Bond. Directed by Oliver Hirschbiegel. [1:36]

SEX/NUDITY 3 - A woman wears a white T-shirt (her nipples are visible through it). A woman wears a low-cut dress that reveals cleavage. A woman takes off her clothes to prepare for bed (we see her in a tank top and boy-short panties that reveal cleavage and part of her bare buttocks). A man and a woman sleep in bed together (we see her bare shoulders).
 A man and a woman kiss, then kiss again, and then stop, fearing that a physical relationship will change their friendship.
 We overhear a man on the telephone talking about romance in a relationship.


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VIOLENCE/GORE 6 - A woman runs from infected people, she finds a gun and shoot s a man to death (we see a bloody bullet hole and blood pools under his body). A woman holds a gun on several people, she shoots all but one of them to death and the last one she shoots in the knee (blood spurts).
 Several people in a subway car are trapped by infected people who begin to vomit on them. A man covered with a layer of tissue over his face and eyes wheezes and moans, a woman leans close to him, the man lunges at her, she pulls away, head-butts another man in the face, the sick man then falls to the floor, he spits up fluid and then dies. A man grabs and tackles a woman, and then spits goo on her face in order to infect her.
 A man and a woman jump off a rooftop (we hear a splat and a crunch), and people on the ground watch and one woman screams.
 A woman is nearly struck by one car, then struck at full speed by another car (we see her struck and then we see her twisted body and limbs as she lies on the road). We see a dead man on the ground with a large, bloody bullet wound in his head.
 A dog barks and snarls at several young boys, it charges toward one boy, tackles him and appears to be biting him; the boy squeezes the dog's snout and the dog whimpers and retreats (the boy has blood on his ear, but it is not his own). A woman drives frantically, and hits a garbage can that spills out a dead dog onto her windshield (we see a bit of blood on the dog).
 A man grabs a woman around the throat and squeezes, a boy strikes the man on the leg with a metal bar and the woman strikes the man on the head with a hammer (we hear a crack and he falls unconscious). A woman shoves a young boy who falls against a bed frame striking his head and becoming unconscious. A woman strikes a man in the head with a fire extinguisher (he falls to ground).
 A woman struggles with a man who is trying to force his way into her home, she pinches his arm in the front door, they struggle and then he backs away.
 A woman speeds in a car, then crashes into other cars and other cars crash into hers: many infected people climb on top of her car trying to break through the roof and break the windows, and the woman drives away throwing many off and two break through a store front window.
 We see a woman's decaying face (her nose is missing and the rest is malformed and discolored). A sleeping man is overcome by an alien organism (we see a layer of tissue forming over his eyes and mouth, we hear him wheezing and see his skin sweating). A woman discovers a room where there are several people undergoing a transformation (we hear wheezing and squishing sounds).
 A woman is tasered as she is taken away by police. A woman and a boy are chased by a man. There are several scenes where people struggle to get away from police who handcuff them and take them away.
 We see a space shuttle flying erratically and see it begin to break apart and explode as it re-enters the Earth's atmosphere (we see it strewn in pieces across the ground later). A flaming bottle is thrown onto a speeding car, and the driver speeds into and up a parking garage with the car in flames. A man drives a car through a road block.
 A woman talks about fearing her husband because he is not the same, that their dog snarled and snapped at him, and that the man snapped the dog's neck, killing it, and then he threw it in the garbage. A mother fears for her son's safety and worries that her ex-husband has done something to harm him. A man threatens another man with a "boot up your behind." People mourn over dead astronauts after a crash.
 A man takes a blood sample from his own arm (we see the needle enter his arm and a vial fill with blood). A man touches a piece of metal, his finger is cut and he bleeds. We see a large spray and smear of blood on a wall.
 Two people serving coffee at a meeting vomit into the coffee pitchers (we see the goo). We see a thin piece of tissue that looks like a layer of skin with streaks of blood in it, and then we see it under a microscope with cells moving around and changing shape in several scenes. A woman begins to fall asleep and we see cells moving around inside her.
 We hear a woman breathing heavily and the camera moves with jerking motions. We hear several news reports about a flu virus becoming an epidemic.


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LANGUAGE 4 - 4 scatological terms, 1 mild anatomical term, 1 mild obscenity, name-calling (ugly, doormat), 1 religious profanity, 11 religious exclamations.


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SUBSTANCE USE - A boy injects a woman in the chest with a syringe that apparently contains adrenaline. A woman is shown taking prescription drugs that are supposed to keep her from falling asleep. People are shown drinking wine during a few dinner and celebration scenes.


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DISCUSSION TOPICS - Alien organisms, alien invasion, Iraq, New Orleans, Darfur, divorce, custody, psychology, humanity, primal instincts, DNA, viruses, epidemics.

MESSAGE - Under certain circumstances we are all capable of unspeakable acts.

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We've gone through several editorial changes since we started covering films in 1992 and older reviews are not as complete & accurate as recent ones; we plan to revisit and correct older reviews as resources and time permits.

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