The Host 2013

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Andrew Niccol directs this science fiction romance adapted from the novel by Stephenie Meyer, creator of 'The Twilight Saga'. An alien race has begun colonising Earth by taking over human bodies and erasing their minds and memories and only a small band of survivors remain who are working to protect themselves from extinction. One of them is Melanie Stryder (Saoirse Ronan), who, when out on a search for food, meets another human being named Jared Howe (Max Irons) and it isn't long before they begin to develop feelings for one another. However, when Melanie is taken by the alien species and is made host to one of their own, it seems all hope is lost. That is, until Melanie's mind begins to fight back against her new inhabitor and her human emotions and memories ignite some empathy in the alien parasite.

Starring:
Boyd Holbrook, Saoirse Ronan
Rental Formats:
DVD, Blu-ray

Product Details

Discs
  • Feature ages_12_and_over
Runtime 2 hours 5 minutes
Starring Boyd Holbrook, Saoirse Ronan, Diane Kruger, William Hurt, Andrea Frankle, Max Irons, Tatanka Means, Chandler Canterbury, Jake Abel, Frances Fisher, Scott Lawrence
Director Andrew Niccol
Genres Science Fiction, Thriller
Studio ENTERTAINMENT IN VIDEO
Rental release 29 July 2013
Main languages English
Discs
  • Feature ages_12_and_over
Runtime 2 hours 5 minutes
Starring Boyd Holbrook, Saoirse Ronan, Diane Kruger, William Hurt, Andrea Frankle, Max Irons, Tatanka Means, Chandler Canterbury, Jake Abel, Frances Fisher, Scott Lawrence
Director Andrew Niccol
Genres Science Fiction, Thriller
Studio ENTERTAINMENT IN VIDEO
Rental release 29 July 2013
Main languages English

Customer Reviews

4.0 out of 5 stars

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Sam on 6 May 2015
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
I watched this not really knowing what to expect, and was pleasantly surprised to find a thoughtful and interesting story.

Having read and seen the Twilight series and not being the biggest fan of that style of young adult melodrama, I had hoped for a pleasant hour of so of science fiction, however I am pleased to say this is far superior IMHO to the aforementioned novels.

While still more aimed at the teenage market I thought this film transcended those age barriers.
The story is about an alien civilisation taking over the Earth by essentially converting their intelligence to a human brain and therefore controlling the body it is connected to, and ultimately creating a planet full of drones devoid of emotion and individual choice.
However, when an alien known as the Wanderer inserts herself into the films heroine Melanie's brain, she is unable to assert her own will over her 'Host', and the two are then set on a journey of discovery.
This is not an action movie, there is violence and I would definitely describe it as a thriller, but ultimately although embodied in the sci fi genre, this is a thoughtful and largely gentle story about overcoming, sometimes overwhelming differences to find a common ground and the meeting of soulmates.

I really liked the central idea behind what is a very good premise, my only criticism would be that when the story alluded the global domination of this new species it would have been more interesting to have some feel of the domination being felt worldwide. However I do understand this story was largely about the relationships effecting the central characters, and how therefore a smallscale look at the humans still remaining human, and the basic existence they have created.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By rbmusicman/and/movie-fan' TOP 100 REVIEWER on 29 Aug. 2013
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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' (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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8 of 9 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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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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