The Host

The Host

(2013)

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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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 wobbit superstar

Not enough conflict, and acting was weird


BY HMJ lister

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 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

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 trailer.

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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The Press Reviews

9% of critics recommend.
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  • 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. Full Review

  • 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. Full Review

  • It's really a dramatic sinkhole. Full Review

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

  • 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. Full Review

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