The cold war paranoia of Heinlein's story (first published in 1951) comes across with tongue firmly in cheek, blended with the conventions of dozens of sci-fi B-movies of the 1950s. The result is a knowing 90s take on the genre; one that largely works only if you view it not just with the standard suspension of disbelief but as a homage to its earlier counterparts. Fan's of Heinlein's novel will probably hate this as an irreverent piece of nonsense - which it is. Monsters are shoved in suitcases, characters are sketchy caricatures, hosts for the parasitic aliens walk around like zombies - and of course nobody notices anything unusual about that (!), and by the end of the movie the entire town has turned into battlefield Earth.
Donald Sutherland is great as the Government man with the plan that will save the planet. The supporting cast includes Keith (The Thing) David and Yaphet (The Running Man) Kotto. There are some satisfyingly icky shots of the alien creatures taking possession of their hosts and a lot of 'God bless America' gung-ho jingoism. The conclusion will come as no surprise to anyone watching but there's a lot of fun to be had while getting there and it's a satisfying journey of the old school variety. 6/10
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