Armand Mastroianni's small-screen sci-fi flick, based on Robin Cook's novel, may not have a budget of Spielbergian proportions, but it's a genuine creep out that gives a knowing nod to the genre classic INVASION OF THE BODY SNATCHERS (1956).
Day one of an interplanetary take-over commences in Phoenix, Arizona. Beau
Stark (Luke Perry) innocently picks up a meteor fragment that scrapes his skin and infects him with an alien virus. Victim who recover from the space bug's flu-like symptoms fall under the control of an extra-terrestrial parasite. Soon after, Beau’s girlfriend, school teacher Cassy Winslow (Rebecca Gayheart), notices his increasingly distant demeanor and dramatically increased sex drive. Shortly after that, Cassy starts noticing odd behavior in her classroom and seeks a scientific explanation. She approaches Eugene Ochoa (Castulo Guerra) and his wife (Rosana DeSoto), the parents of one of her students and scientists involved in top secret experiments at Ashland Pharmaceuticals. Cassy also consults her pal Pitt Henderson (Christopher Orr), an intern working with
Dr. Sheila Moran (Kim Cattrall) and first-row witness to the epidemic that sweeps a record number of townspeople into local emergency rooms. As thousands fall prey to alien possession, the zombie-like citizens form cliques. The uninfected Cassie, Pitt, Dr. Moran and Ochoas head for the CDC with their
Concerns, but the plague has already hit the government watchdogs and they're forced to flee. Meanwhile, Beau not only keeps his appointment for a job interview with billionaire CEO Randy North (Neal McDonough) but also initiates him into the alien-controlled elite. As meteor showers fall on other metropolises, North buys an abandoned airbase to serve as an entry point for extraterrestrials. Dr. Moran and her band of resisters are all that stand between mankind and extinction: Can a few brave souls sabotage the alien juggernaut?
Novelist Robin Cook knows how to stir up paranoia: The government, medical establishment, police and space monsters all take hits in this chilling sci-fi thriller that poses the question "Who can you trust?" and offers a disturbing answer.
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- Released: 1997
- Rating: NR
- Review: Armand Mastroianni's small-screen sci-fi flick, based on Robin Cook's novel, may not have a budget of Spielbergian proportions, but it's a genuine creep out that gives a knowing nod to the genre classic INVASION OF THE BODY SNATCHERS (1956). Day one of… (more)