Three friends discover that their neighbours are being replaced with perfect clones & only have one hope, warn the world before they too fall victim to strange creatures that are taking over their town. Billed as a thrilling slice of science fiction from the executive producer of Independence Day…this isn’t for big people.
This is well trod territory from it’s lead Joel Courtney (Super 8), Andi Matichack (Halloween), Calum Worthy (The Act) and Katherine McNamara (Shadowhunters). They each work through the gears of their roles in a perfunctory fashion each neach movement is jarring, the script is as wooden as their delivery.
Let’s cut to the chase here, what we have is an unimaginative reworking of the classic ‘Invasion of the Bodysnatchers’. However, the tense, eerie and at times shocking aspect of that film, which relied on the central performances of its main characters, is sadly missing here. You can see this is held together by gaffer tape in terms of budget. And it’s low on ideas on how it can come up with a twist that held the other superior iteration starring Donald Sutherland, in cult status.
The only thing good about this film is its svelte runtime. Assimilate could do better if it tried, better scripting and tight performances were not being offered here. By the numbers shock without the awe. a lazy homage at best and a desecration of a horror classic at its worst, watch Assimilate as your last option after the last option, after the last option.
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