Choose to believe, choose to fight, choose to love.
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.
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BY James Croot Flicks Writer
Come back Bella and Edward - all is forgiven. Yes, anyone who thought the Twilight quintology represented a low-tide mark in 21st century cinematic storytelling (and let’s be honest, Eclipse was pretty awful), prepare to be shocked by this empty-headed sci-fi shocker.... More
Not only does author Meyer revisit Twilight themes (Sparkly creatures? Check. Girl caught between two worlds and two boys? You betcha), but Ronan essentially finds herself replaying her Hanna role (with Diane Kruger replacing Cate Blanchett as the Terminatrix determined to capture her) and Niccol seems attempting to remake Gattaca as a teen romance with added soft focus.
However, if the deja vu don’t get you (it feels like elements of Falling Skies, Starman, The Island and This is Not My Life have been put in a blender and mulched into a schmaltzy, sappy pulp) then the portentous and pretentious dialogue, the worst use of voice-over since Jason Statham in Revolver and the repeated slapping of Ronan will.
Seriously creepy (and not in a thrilling way), Meyer’s foray into alien invasion reminds one of a sub-par original Star Trek episode. Most chillingly, there’s talk of sequels, which in a world where I Am Number Four and Tomorrow, When The War Began have been denied such opportunities, would appear horrifically unjust. Only you have the power to stop this.Hide
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BY HMJ lister
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 weren't going to like these movies before they had even seen them. This gives a certain lack of credibility to such reviewers.
I hope to... More hear more from fans and from reviewers who are capable of being objective.
The Host offers an excellent variation of a well worn SiFi theme. The alien invaders are genuinely nicer than humans. The aliens' one great flaw is a human one. The aliens believe good intentions them give the right to impose their morality.
Unfortunately, given such a long novel to distil into movie form, much had to be jettisoned. The choices made led to a movie blander than it could have been.
Wanderer's strength of character and will were hardly apparent. Leaving little reason for her romance with an (to her) alien. It also subtracted from the drama of the clash of wills between Host and Soul. The internal dialogue between the two was reasonably well realized. The interactions between Wanderer and the human community worked well. A pity that there was so much emphasis on the romantic aspects. Sacrificing suspense and action.
There was almost no sign of the impact the aliens had upon earth's environment and culture. Which was considerable, and well considered, in the book.
At heart this movie is a decent teen romance. Offering some action, some suspense, some drama and a dash of science in the fiction. A cast of largely unknowns showing talent and ability. Good production values. The Souls looked great. What the alien technology was shown looked good enough for a movie not focused on the special effects.
If you want a special effects movie, go see OblivionHide
BY jaynine superstar
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 dragging film.
BY Sarah29 superstar
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 the talent they had and made this into a decent sci-fi entry.
BY Kieran21 nobody
One of the only films I had seriously considered walking out of. I only stayed because I didn't want my $16.50 to go to any more... More waste than it already had!
The amount of romance and kissing was unbearable, and the amount of fighting and actual things happening in the plot was few and far between.
I kept waiting for things to get bad, waiting for the plot to thicken, but it ended before it began.
I very, very rarely dislike a movie this much.Hide
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