Sci-fi thriller is more paranoia-filled than violent
This film decides to ramp up the tension instead of the violence. Invasion of the Body Snatchers is more of a film that feels tense instead of exactly violent--which actually makes the film better. Films that tend to be violent could still be good--there are many exceptions (The Terminator, The War of the Worlds). However, these films use tension as their guide in creating a violent moment. Basically, many sci-fi/thriller films are more effective in using tension than violence. Francis Ford Coppola's The Conversation is an excellent example of creating tension without using violence to do so.
Invasion of the Body Snatchers uses the same concept, except it isn't so violent, and is moreso an attack on the emotions. It attacks our emotional responses to conflict, and uses this technique to create tension that affects our responses. This adds to the emotional effect Invasion of the Body Snatchers has on us.
It uses paranoia to create a tense atmosphere for the film, without using flashy effects or violent action scenes like other movies have done. Instead, this is mostly a nonviolent film with a more intense premise that creates a sense of paranoia from the audience. This makes Invasion of the Body Snatchers feel different--just like other sci-fi films.
However, this film may be scary for some viewers. Here is a brief content description of the film:
Positive messages: N/A. Not many positive messages in this nonviolent yet scary alien-invasion tale.
Positive role models: 6/10. Characters use teamwork to prevail in the film.
Violence: 6/10. Frequent tension occurs in the film, and some tense moments occur, particularly in terms of the film's very intense premise. However, there are a couple mild scuffles, with some fighting. Scuffling is tense but brief in the film. Characters are stabbed with hypodermic needles; they are alright but these scenes are intense.
Sex: 0/10. None.
Profanity: 0/10. None.
Drinking/Drugs/Smoking: 6/10. Some cigarette smoking by a couple characters; smoking isn't frequent but is occasional, as is social drinking in the film.
Nonetheless, Invasion of the Body Snatchers serves as an effective example of how to create tension without using violence to do so--and Invasion of the Body Snatchers uses exactly the same concept effectively. This concept adds to the tense atmosphere of the film by providing the audience with a sense of paranoia that affects our emotional responses to the conflict displayed throughout the film.
Nonetheless, this is a great pick for sci-fi fans or film buffs. I give Invasion of the Body Snatchers 4 out of 5 stars, and recommend it for preteens 12 and up.
This title contains:
Positive role models
Violence & scariness
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking