You've got to be concerned
about anything that purports to be "based on true / reported
will prove to be one more example.
Based on something
called "The Lawton Outbreak", a report by someting called
the N.S.A.A-C.D.C, "Invasion" details the events surrounding
a meteor that strikes the earth's surface just outside a small
town in California. This meteor contains a large quantity of virulent
disease, that starts a rapid spread throughout the small town.
How will it be contained? What really happened?
It's a chilling prospect,
at any rate--the thought that some rogue chunk of space rock could
slam into the ground and give people some kind of space rabies
is enough to keep plenty of people up at night. And this is, if
you believe the opening scenes, plenty recent. The events are
set in 2006, which is enough to make you curious if nothing else.
They may have a good
idea, the only question that needs solving from here is how well
was thatidea executed? The answer is, surprisingly well. It's
an incredibly minimalist production--a lot of it is shot from
a "patrol car's" "Dash cam" and most of it
was shot inside some kind of park--but it's actually pretty spooky
stuff. The suspense is ratcheted up to the maximum; due to the
nature of the footage you are literally unable to see much more
than several dozen feet in front of you except when you are given
minor clues. You are absolutely, unquestionably, unable to see
anything more than the director wants you to see. There's only
one camera, and it's
continually locked in place on the dash of this patrol car.
And that's pretty scary
when you stop and think about it.
How much of this is
legit, parenthetically, I don't know. There's not much way to
know, really, unless you got a copy of that report that's purported
to exist and went over it. I can't even tell if there IS a Lawton
County, let alone where it is. They didn't make many mistakes--one
of the characters was at her senior prom, and it's set in May,
so that's pretty close.
The ending is sort
of out of nowhere...a gross mislabelling on the box claims that
the film is eighty-one minutes long, when the last fifteen minutes
of that run time are devoted to a credit roll.
The special features
include audio options, English and Spanish subtitles, as well
as trailers for "Werewolf: The Devil's Hound", "Boy
Eats Girl", "Night of the Living Dead 3D", "Skinwalkers",
and an advertisement for Fearnet.com.
All in all, a very
solid effort from Lions Gate this time out. In fact, it sets a
new benchmark for minimalist filmmaking, and that's rarity enough
by its own. They can't have spent more than a
couple thousand dollars on this entire production, and "Invasion"
should definitely serve as an
example of what can be done on very little.
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