The Host

2013, Romance/Sci-fi, 2h 5m

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Poorly scripted and dramatically ineffective, The Host is mostly stale and tedious, with moments of unintentional hilarity. Read critic reviews

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Earth has been colonized by the Souls, an alien race that wipes out the minds of humans and turns their bodies into hosts for interstellar travelers. Most of mankind has been eradicated, but some, like Melanie (Saoirse Ronan) and her family, have survived and are hiding. Melanie is captured by a Seeker and has a Soul named Wanderer implanted in her body, but she refuses to relinquish control. When Wanderer betrays her people to save Melanie, the Seeker sets out in relentless pursuit.

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  • Apr 08, 2017
    Every once and awhile a film so bad that it makes you angry just to watch it. Made specifically for tween girls there's lot of mindless smoothing without rationale, after which our heroine slaps the guys for questioning her intent. Get that lobotomy before watching.
    Kevin M. W Super Reviewer
  • Apr 23, 2015
    Instead of being assimilated into an alien intelligence that has conquered the earth, Melanie(Saoirse Ronan) jumps out of a window from a tall building. Somehow she survives, even after literally putting a dent into the pavement. So, Wanderer is installed into her. But somehow Melanie still resides in the back of her brain. For the Seeker(Diane Kruger), that is not out of the ordinary, as she hopes to get Wanderer to provide intelligence on other humans like Melanie's younger brother Jamie(Chandler Canterbury) and friend Jared(Max Irons). Melanie has other ideas, however. Even at the best of times, it can be hard to visualize certain concepts of science fiction for the big screen. At the worst of times, you have the anticlimactic "The Host" which states in its own less than credible way that what makes us all human is inane soap opera, as expressed by author Stephenie Meyer's awkward sexual politics.(If Saoirse Ronan ends up looking lost, you know there is something seriously wrong with the story.) Even after a bad start, the movie does get somewhat better when William Hurt shows up on the scene. And Diane Kruger shows an adeptness for playing an alien that she had not shown for playing human beings over the past decade.
    Walter M Super Reviewer
  • Apr 02, 2014
    After an alien species has taken over her' body, a girl resists her invader and joins a group of humans looking to overthrow the aliens. Convoluted and cliche, this film is uninspired in every way. The rival boys, a bland recasting of Jacob and Edward without all the sparkling personality, are indistinguishable in looks and character, and Melanie doesn't emerge as unique. The plot plods along predictably, and the characters remain undeveloped. William Hurt, the sole reason I sat through this film, delivers a fine performance. He can't be blamed, but it's sad that even in <i>The Village</i> he got a great monologue that served to be worthy of his talents but in this film there's not a single inspired moment. Overall, what will it take for all of us to agree that Stephanie Meyer sucks.
    Jim H Super Reviewer
  • Nov 25, 2013
    Okay this film is definitely what I'd call a guilty pleasure. It's dumb, it's silly, and it's cliched as hell, but there's just something about it that makes me want to like it. I guess the fact that it's one of those movies where you know everything's going to be okay by the end. You just know it. And I guess that some small part of me likes that about this movie. That and the sci-fi elements are really cool. I love the whole "welcome to the resistance" kind of sci-fi genre. If they ever manage to make another one, I'd love to see more action in it, like large-scale battles. The cast is good and the acting is surprisingly above par. Saoirse Ronin, who plays the lead, is great. I'm looking forward to hopefully seeing her in other movies in the future. Like I said, this was a rare time I really disagreed with a lot of the critics on the value of this film. Most people probably wouldn't enjoy it.
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