Yet another effective take on Jack Finney’s 1955 novel, this time transplanted by director Abel Ferrara to an American military base. Given the themes of the source material, the military setting is a bit on the nose, and there are certainly a few weak performances here and there that mar some of the tension. However, at its core this is a curiously effective, quietly eerie paranoid nightmare of a movie, with several genuinely unsettling scenes whose judicious use increases their effectiveness. Among the rather stiff acting, Christine Elise and Meg Tilly stand out for their distinctive performances – Tilly, in particular, goes from warmly ebullient to menacing and creepy without missing a beat, and walks away with the movie’s most memorable scene (“Where you gonna go…”).
Rating: ★★★ (out of 5)