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The Host [DVD]

Saoirse Ronan , Jake Abel , Andrew Niccol    To Be Announced   DVD
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (204 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Saoirse Ronan, Jake Abel, Max Irons, Diane Kruger, William Hurt
  • Directors: Andrew Niccol
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Classification: To be announced
  • Studio: Entertainment in Video
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (204 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00AW9M76E

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Really enjoyed seeing the book come to life 27 July 2013
By Minnie
When I read this book I thought it would make a great film and I really enjoyed seeing it come to life on the big screen. Love the way they presented the underground world, particularly the wheat field. Some of the scenes were not entirely true to the book and it could have benefited from more sensitive treatment from the director (the way Wanda's relationship with the two male leads develops and in particular the very last scene of the film), but on the whole enjoyable and escapist sci fi. The casting was very good as the characters did look pretty much how I imagined.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Slow paced Sci-Fi romance 1 Aug 2013
Earth has been taken over by an alien species of sentient parasites that take over the body of humans, essentially shutting the person inside they're own body & the parasite being able to access the memories of the host body. These inhabited bodies exhibit odd glowing eyes, lack of emotion & aggressiveness. Following one of a few survivors, Melanie Stryder (Ronan), she is captured & implanted with a parasite or soul, and interrogated by a Seeker to find the whereabouts of other humans. But she isn't going to go quietly & fights back from within, making a connection with the soul inside her, Wanda. Rebelling, they set off to find Melanie's family. Can they convince them Melanie is still alive ? & can they avoid capture ?!

Overall, The Host isn't a Sci-Fi action movie or anything, it's a slow paced Sci-Fi romantic drama. Which i guess should had been expected, coming from a novel by Twilight author Stephenie Meyer. The story itself is very good & heartfelt as we follow the experiences of Wanda & Melanie, but getting there over it's 2 hours was quite a task with such a slow, drawn out mundane pace & an abundance of dialogue which isn't always that riveting, while the odd bit of tension & excitement was too far apart. Surprising then when you consider the talent of Andrew Niccol, who has brought us some good fantasy/Sci-Fi films such as The Truman Show, In Time & Gatacca, was behind the camera & helped with the transition to film here.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars 'THE 'EYES' HAVE IT' 29 Aug 2013
By rbmusicman TOP 500 REVIEWER
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Mankind are under threat from an unseen enemy who are taking-over the
very being of their human Hosts.
one victim who who has reluctantly succumbed the to switch, Host-'Melanie
Stryder' fights to keep the memories the 'Seekers' normally take
from their human-form.
'Melanie' wants to protect those who had mattered to her from becoming
one of the unwelcome visitors.
'Melanie' escapes however the 'seekers' will not give up the search for
her any time soon.
a terrific concept asking the age-old question......What If ?
certainly not a fast moving plot, however the story-line is certainly
worth a viewing.
( the author of the 'Host' and 'Twilight' 'Stephenie Meyer' has created
some interesting story-lines.....'Twilight' was watered down to capture
a wider audience base, i'm guessing not having read the book 'The Host'
has almost certainly been subjected a similar fate ? )
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16 of 20 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Makes me want to read the book 13 April 2013
The Host is set in the future where the world is no longer our own. Human bodies are overtaken by parasitic aliens against their will. Not all humans have been overtaken though and some run for their lives, determined to keep control of their own bodies and minds. I absolutely loved the idea behind this film. Very early on, we are introduced to the alien species of `Souls' in human form. Although a species believing in calm and trust, they go to great lengths to find any remaining humans and do anything possible to capture the bodies. The thing that distinguishes the `Souls' from humans is their metallic silver looking eyes, which was both beautiful and creepy at the same time.

Playing protagonist Melanie/ Wanderer is Saoirse Ronan, an unknown actress to me. I thoroughly enjoyed Ronan's performance throughout this film and I thought she did a wonderful job considering it being quite a tricky role to play. Throughout the film, Wanderer has to deal with Melanie's voice in her head, which obviously wouldn't have really been there. Never did it look like Ronan was thinking too much about who or what she was replying to and it all looked as natural as it should have. Ronan also plays both characters with conviction and she was very believable as each. What I really enjoyed about her performance was that she was able to make both characters very different.

The plot isn't really all that exciting apart from a couple of moments so secondary characters are what help to make this film good. Other `Souls' such as the Seeker played by Diane Kruger give the plot a good chase, with her trying to track down Wanderer and more humans. The Seeker was an interesting character because you can tell something is not quite right with her.
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