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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: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (262 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00AW9M76E

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3.9 out of 5 stars

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Anna McMillan on 11 Dec. 2014
Format: DVD
I should not be watching this stuff, or reading it for that matter, since it really is intended for teenagers. But I liked Twilight's capacity to imagine living in another kind of body - it was clever and well paced. But the characters, especially Bella, were undeveloped; Bella segued from being a prom queen to a Mormon housewife in five.

In contrast, I found the book and the film really moving - once again Meyer imagines a different way of being embodied - and of love between two different "species". I found the main characters (Wanda/Melanie) to be well developed and oddly convincing. Wanda's slow awareness that in her heart she is falling in love with another character is also convincing, because love is often deepest when it grows slowly.

My one - or two difficulties with the book are around the way it portrayes violence between a couple who claims to be in love. Melanie hits Jared several times; Jared is violent too. In that she is writing for teenagers (and much domestic violence begins as dating violence) I think the author needs to problematise that in some way, without being too directive. The other issue is about Wanda being tiny, the Seeker being tiny, Sunny being tiny - why? it just seemed odd.

The book does raise an odd question: bad as we are, destructive as we are, do humans deserve to be colonised?

I hope we see a sequel - they were characters I would like to meet again.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By rbmusicman TOP 100 REVIEWER on 29 Aug. 2013
Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
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' (Saoirse Ronan) fights to keep the memories the 'Seekers' normally take from their victims 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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Format: DVD
I found this SF/romance movie surprisingly good and interesting, not a masterpiece, but a very honest thing indeed. It came as a surprise, as I didn't like the book AT ALL. Below, more of my impressions, with some limited SPOILERS.

Earth, near future. Our world have been conquered by very advanced alien race, who call themselves Souls. Those invaders are small parasites, unable to survive for extended periods of time outside the bodies of their hosts (if removed they must be quickly placed in special survival containers - or die). With time Souls evolved in such a way, that their hosts must be sapient creatures themselves (at least, if I correctly understood this).

Having acquired the technology of starflight they started to expand, conquering more and more worlds - Earth is just their last prize. However, on our planet they meet for the first time an unexpected challenge, as some hosts minds remain alive and active even after Souls invaded and took control of their bodies. This creates a very uncomfortable situation, for both the host mind and the Soul...

This film tells the story and tribulations of one such unhappy "couple" - a young human girl, Melanie Stryder (Saoirse Ronan) and an ancient, experienced Soul known as "Wanderer". All this covers like the first 5 minutes of the film and I will say no more about the rest.

Before reviewing the film, I must state here loud and clear that I read and HATED the book, as it was much, much too long (656 frigging pages!) with definitely not enough story to justify its length.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Jules TOP 500 REVIEWER on 1 Aug. 2013
Format: DVD
Earth has been taken over by an alien species of sentient parasites that take over the body of humans, essentially shutting the person inside their 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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