Everyone seems to be having the worst week of their lives on this collection, their spirits challenged by ruthless circumstances. However a particular honor of nightmarish situations goes to Aneesha, performed by Golshifteh Farahani, in a task that proves Farahani ought to be as huge a star as she desires to, given the huge weight she carries in scenes that may be heartbreaking and/or scary all through “Invasion.” Her household of 4 is in Lengthy Island when the assault occurs, devastating the neighbor’s properties. However earlier than that beat, she learns one thing equally devastating—her husband and loving father to their two youngsters has been dishonest on her with an Instagram foodie mannequin, a projection of the perfection that Aneesha has tried to attain in her personal life selections, all the way down to how she intricately prepares the children’ lunches. Even worse, her husband Ahmed (Firas Nassar) is a coward about it, and nonetheless stays a coward in jaw-dropping however recognizable methods because the household tries to flee. Aneesha is shell-shocked, time and again by the alternatives he makes, and we ache for her—which makes it much more highly effective when she makes sure determined decisions of her personal, to avoid wasting her household.
Elsewhere in London, a bus stuffed with youngsters has crashed into an enormous quarry, pushed off the highway after fireballs of *one thing* attacked them on an in any other case quiet, cloudy day. It’s a complete “Lord of the Flies” second, and it turns into wealthy sufficient with the story’s curiosity in intricate empathy, however this time with the facility of faculty bullies. The youngsters can not agree on what to do, however they’ve a dough-faced tyrant named Monty (Paddy Holland) making an attempt to regulate the complete state of affairs and intimidate those that get in his method. Casper (Billy Barratt), our hero partly as a result of we’re launched to him with headphones enjoying Nirvana’s “Drain You,” has visions of unusual issues that he doodles after having epileptic seizures, and is the precise goal of this sadistic bully. One in every of Casper’s few supporters is Jamila (India Brown), who can be determined to get again house, and turns into a obligatory mediator amongst her classmates.
In Japan, there’s a extra instant connection to what’s occurring in house, with its give attention to two ladies within the house program. Hinata (Rinko Kikuchi) is an astronaut who has simply traveled to the worldwide house station; her companion Mitsuki (Shioli Kutsuna), their relationship a secret to many, sits in mission management and is a wizard with communications. However when Hinata’s feed goes darkish, Mitsuki tries to determine what occurred, towards the house administration’s need to cowl it up, or to lock her out. This story offers some formidable emotional impression—the one loving couple within the collection, they usually cope with the societal disgrace of being two ladies in love—however it’s extra that this thread feels extra drawn out than others, with repeated notes of Mitsuki going towards her bosses, making an attempt to grasp what occurred, and later questioning what contact can nonetheless be made.