Nothing to do with Bong Joon-ho’s Korean monster movie, this is the big screen adaptation of Stephenie “Twilight” Meyer’s sci-fi novel, which reimagines Invasion of the Body Snatchers for her regular demographic of lovelorn, hormonally-charged teenage girls. Saoirse Ronan stars as Melanie Stryder, whose body has recently become inhabited by an alien – one of billions that have invaded and successfully taken over the Earth. But even though her body is no longer her own, Melanie’s fighting spirit lives on. Andrew Niccol (Gattaca, In Time) does his best to make things at least look interesting, but the film struggles to bring the novel’s internal conflict to the screen with the necessary excitement and intrigue to withstand obvious comparisons to The Hunger Games.

I talk about the film at some length on our podcast here