The Puppet Masters

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"Trust No One"
  • R
  • 1994
  • 1 hr 49 min
  • 5.9  (9,512)

The Puppet Masters is a science fiction movie released in 1994 directed by Stuart Orme. The movie stars Donald Sutherland, Eric Thal, and Julie Warner. It is based on the novel of the same name by Robert A. Heinlein. The movie is set in the near future and follows the story of a group of special agents from the United States government who are tasked with investigating a potential alien threat. The aliens in question are known as the "slugs" for their elongated, slug-like appearance. They are able to attach themselves to humans and manipulate their minds, effectively turning them into a puppet under their control.

The movie begins with the arrival of a space probe sent to make contact with alien life. The probe is captured by the slugs, who quickly make their way to Earth disguised as humans. The special agents led by Andrew Nivens (Donald Sutherland) soon discover the existence of the slugs and begin a race against time to stop them before they take control of mankind.

The plot revolves around the conflict between the special agents and the slugs, as both sides try to gain the upper hand. The agents are initially at a disadvantage as they do not know who among them has been taken over by the slugs, while the slugs continuously multiply and spread their control. The tension builds up as both sides resort to increasingly desperate measures to achieve their objectives.

The movie handles themes such as trust, loyalty, and the struggle to maintain one's identity against a powerful external force. The characters are well-developed and bring a sense of realism to the movie. Donald Sutherland is particularly excellent in his role as Andrew Nivens, a veteran agent who is forced to confront his own limitations.

The special effects are good for their time and manage to convey the physical and mental control exerted by the slugs over their hosts. The slugs themselves are not overly flashy, but their ability to blend in with society adds to the overall sense of paranoia and mistrust.

The movie has a good pace, with action sequences interspersed with moments of quiet tension. The twists and turns in the plot keep the audience engaged, and the climax is satisfying without feeling too contrived.

Overall, The Puppet Masters is a well-made science fiction movie that manages to deliver a compelling story while exploring deep themes. While not groundbreaking in its approach, it is an enjoyable watch and a worthy adaptation of the novel.

The Puppet Masters is a 1994 horror movie with a runtime of 1 hour and 49 minutes. It has received moderate reviews from critics and viewers, who have given it an IMDb score of 5.9.

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