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Invasion! (1999)

Cast: Campbell Scott, Campbell Scott, Fiona Loewi, more...
Director: John Paizs, John Paizs
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Studio: Platinum Disc
Genre: Comedies, Parodies, Aliens
Running Time: 92 min.
Subtitles: Spanish
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Campbell Scott stars in this zany send-up of '50s body-snatching, alien invasion flicks. Scott plays Dr. Karel Lamonte, a pipe-smoking atomic scientist fresh from the Atomic Academy, who finds himself in the small town of Exceptional Vista -- situated somewhere between Fetus and New Imbroglio -- just before a large meteor strikes the local TV tower. Does this herald the beginning of a bizarre alien invasion? The town is littered with unusual characters: Sandy (Fiona Loewi) has an unnervingly close relationship with her brother, Guy (Tom Everett Scott); the town's sole policeman (Hardee T. Lineham) seems more interested in spanking Sandy than in solving crimes; and the mayor (Bernard Behrens) is a religious fanatic who claims that the aliens were sent from God to punish us for watching TV. When freshly gnawed-upon corpses start appearing at the edge of town, Dr. Lamonte responds like any other red-blooded atomic scientist: he bathes with a naked, inflatable likeness of himself. Top of the Food Chain was screened at the 1999 Vancouver Film Festival. ~ Jonathan Crow, All Movie Guide

GreenCine Member Reviews

Wacky, eh! by underdog July 24, 2003 - 12:35 PM PDT
2 out of 2 members found this review helpful
This oddball and dinstinctly Canadian sci-fi spoof will tickle the funny bone of anyone in on the joke. It's all so gloriously deadpan, sort of like David Lynch-meets-Tremors-meets-some extended Kids in the Hall sketch, that you often have to pay attention to get the humor of it all. From Campbell Scott's malapropism-spouting Atomic Scientist (and he won't let you forget that fact) with slight sexual deviancy to the lesser-known but equally adept cast (the overly close brother and sister innkeepers, who, in the bigger budget version would have been played by Joaquin Phoenix and Sherilyn Fenn, but the actors here are much better, and sillier, anyway; the "sheriff"; the mullet-sporting deputy; the suspicious but sexy banjo saleswoman; and on and on) -- it's often ridiculous (just like the movies it's spoofing) and sometimes gross (unless you like entrails), but very often spot-on. The pacing is occasionally off, especially in the early stages, and your attention may wander towards the end, but stick with it to the hilarious finale. A very quotable script that you may have to watch twice just to catch all the throw-away lines. If you're into this sort of goofy parody, check it out (if you're not, just move it along here, nothing more to see people, move it along...)

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