A rare remake that manages to outdo its original, Philip Kaufman’s tense, unsettling thriller is a masterpiece of paranoia unto its own. Donald Sutherland and Brooke Adams share remarkable chemistry, which makes their familiarity feel all the more important as the movie’s titular invasion quickly gets under way. Jeff Goldblum and Veronica Cartwright are tremendous in effective supporting performances, and the judicious use of practical special effects is the right choice for the movie’s slow-burn tone. It’s worth watching for the classic, destabilizing ending alone.
Rating: ★★★★ (out of 5)