The Host

The Host

The Host

Romantic, sci-fi thriller adapted from the novel by Twilight author Stephenie Meyer, starring Saoirse Ronan and directed by Andrew Niccol (Gattaca). The world has been taken over by parasitic, but peace-loving, invisible aliens called Souls. Humans become hosts for these invaders, their minds taken over while their bodies remain intact. While most of humanity has succumbed, Melanie (Ronan) - host of an experienced Soul named Wanderer - resists. 

2013Rating: M, science fiction themes and violence125 minsUSA
Science FictionThriller
74%
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Reviews & comments

Bit predictable

Not enough conflict, and acting was weird

3.0
0

Unfortunately it's become fashionable to despise all Stephanie Meyers work.

I enjoyed The Host novel more than the Twilight saga. Separating the book and movie is always tough. If I had been in a negative frame of mind when I saw The Host I'd subtract a star but as I had few expectations, I was pleasantly surprised. Much of the criticism I have read of Twilight and The Host appears to have sprung from those who decided they...

3.0
0

It didn't feel anything

It was very anti-climactic. The trailer looked epic but the movie overall wasn't. It had a light action, and the romance felt so bland. It didn't portray the strong idea of the alien being caught in between two worlds, and the idea of 'final human beings on earth' desperation. Definitely had Stephanie Meyers own plagiarism from Twilight on it. It's a very...

2.0
0

Just for the Twilight Drones

Sadly Kiwi director Andrew Niccol did this film an injustice. With such decent and original source material (that's right, the book is actually really good) this film could have been great! But instead they had to go and play up the lovey-dovey aspect and tone down the violence to appeal to the Twilight drones. They could have done a much better job with...

2.0
0

I MADE AN ACCOUNT JUST TO SAY - DON'T SEE IT!!

Don't waste your time! Had high expectations with having really enjoyed some of Andrew Niccols work like Gattaca and In Time. Things have gone way down hill and I have now developed a bitter hate towards Meyer for turning sci-fi into such chick-flick trash! Honestly, I should have come here first to read the reviews, I was lured by the sci-fi action packed...

0

I found myself wishing I was reading the book again

I never thought I would ever read a Stephanie Meyer book but found myself doing just that while travelling about a year ago. The book gave me this image of a much heavier, angrier and more character driven story but after watching the first wave of previews I knew this film would be far from that. I suppose my imagining of the story was always going to be...

2.0
0

Still unsure

I walked out of the cinema, not really sure how I felt about the movie. A few days on, and I still can't decide. I have no doubt that the book would be more enjoyable. The actors picked seemed to do a job with the material they had. The story had some good elements, but also feel flat on others.

2.0
0
Variety

Variety

press

Extravagantly silly but undeniably entertaining sci-fi soap opera.

0
Time Out

Time Out

press

An "Invasion of the Body Snatchers" retread told from a postoccupation vantage point, this adaptation of Stephenie Meyer’s YA romance novel unfolds in a dystopian future when alien parasites have nearly won the battle for Earth.

3.0
0
Roger Ebert

Roger Ebert

press

The Host is top-heavy with profound, sonorous conversations, all tending to sound like farewells. The movie is so consistently pitched at the same note, indeed, that the structure robs it of possibilities for dramatic tension.

0
Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

There's something about novelist Stephenie Meyer that induces formerly interesting directors to suddenly make films that are slow, silly and soporific.

0
Entertainment Weekly

Entertainment Weekly

press

It's really a dramatic sinkhole.

0
Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

press

Though it trips over ridiculous, earnest romantic scenes – which will provoke callous giggles – and has a plot which collapses during the many slow spots when you have time to think about it, The Host isn’t completely dreadful.

3.0
0
Variety

Variety

press

Extravagantly silly but undeniably entertaining sci-fi soap opera.

0
Time Out

Time Out

press

An "Invasion of the Body Snatchers" retread told from a postoccupation vantage point, this adaptation of Stephenie Meyer’s YA romance novel unfolds in a dystopian future when alien parasites have nearly won the battle for Earth.

3.0
0
Roger Ebert

Roger Ebert

press

The Host is top-heavy with profound, sonorous conversations, all tending to sound like farewells. The movie is so consistently pitched at the same note, indeed, that the structure robs it of possibilities for dramatic tension.

0
Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

There's something about novelist Stephenie Meyer that induces formerly interesting directors to suddenly make films that are slow, silly and soporific.

0
Entertainment Weekly

Entertainment Weekly

press

It's really a dramatic sinkhole.

0
Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

press

Though it trips over ridiculous, earnest romantic scenes – which will provoke callous giggles – and has a plot which collapses during the many slow spots when you have time to think about it, The Host isn’t completely dreadful.

3.0
0

Bit predictable

Not enough conflict, and acting was weird

3.0
0

Unfortunately it's become fashionable to despise all Stephanie Meyers work.

I enjoyed The Host novel more than the Twilight saga. Separating the book and movie is always tough. If I had been in a negative frame of mind when I saw The Host I'd subtract a star but as I had few expectations, I was pleasantly surprised. Much of the criticism I have read of Twilight and The Host appears to have sprung from those who decided they...

3.0
0

It didn't feel anything

It was very anti-climactic. The trailer looked epic but the movie overall wasn't. It had a light action, and the romance felt so bland. It didn't portray the strong idea of the alien being caught in between two worlds, and the idea of 'final human beings on earth' desperation. Definitely had Stephanie Meyers own plagiarism from Twilight on it. It's a very...

2.0
0

Just for the Twilight Drones

Sadly Kiwi director Andrew Niccol did this film an injustice. With such decent and original source material (that's right, the book is actually really good) this film could have been great! But instead they had to go and play up the lovey-dovey aspect and tone down the violence to appeal to the Twilight drones. They could have done a much better job with...

2.0
0

I MADE AN ACCOUNT JUST TO SAY - DON'T SEE IT!!

Don't waste your time! Had high expectations with having really enjoyed some of Andrew Niccols work like Gattaca and In Time. Things have gone way down hill and I have now developed a bitter hate towards Meyer for turning sci-fi into such chick-flick trash! Honestly, I should have come here first to read the reviews, I was lured by the sci-fi action...

0

I found myself wishing I was reading the book again

I never thought I would ever read a Stephanie Meyer book but found myself doing just that while travelling about a year ago. The book gave me this image of a much heavier, angrier and more character driven story but after watching the first wave of previews I knew this film would be far from that. I suppose my imagining of the story was always going to...

2.0
0

Still unsure

I walked out of the cinema, not really sure how I felt about the movie. A few days on, and I still can't decide. I have no doubt that the book would be more enjoyable. The actors picked seemed to do a job with the material they had. The story had some good elements, but also feel flat on others.

2.0
0