I didn't know what to expect from this film as i hadn't ever seen the original and i have to say i was literally blown away. It doesn't follow the standard "alien invasion" ideas of similar films and although i missed the unique suspense and horror that would bring, i found it thought-provoking, and actually, far more believable.
The effects were absolutely stunning, and anyone who would prefer 50s style "toys on strings in front of a blackboard" effects over state of the art CGI is out of their mind in my book.
Kathy Bates was fantastic as ever and Keanu Reeves, normally the actor i would most like to set on fire, was actually perfect for the part of an unreadable, intriguing alien. It was suspenseful in its own way and had me gripped from the outset. It's a must see, do it and enjoy.