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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

3.9 out of 5 stars

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

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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Format: DVD
What happened?????!!!!!!
It was such a great book. Just to clarify I'm only eleven so not the films target audience. However I have watched a few great movies in my time so this is still a review worth reading. I read the book in the summer and loved it! So when we had the chance to get it through via amazon prime I was delighted. But it was a real letdown.
The storyline is that earth has been invaded by souls an alien species who can take the control of human hosts. Melanie Stryders body is taken over by a soul known as wanderer. However, Melanie doesn't give in, highly uncommon. Melanie convinces wanderer to join the rebels and her boyfriend Jared. In the book the love story is merely a part of the tale that pulls it forward but it engulfs the film. That is one of the reasons this film let me down. Another downside is the book was a whopping 600 pages (not a negative in this case) but the film is the normal length of two hours. This means you don't get to meet and journey along with the characters as you do in the book meaning the only one you really care about is wandere and Melanie but even then that's only because your meant to.
In conclusion a book much better than twilight is turned into a film much worse than anyone could have suspected. So here's what I suggest read the book if you whant a great read of a sci fi adventure for people who don't like sci-fi. Then if one day you are bored and struggling to get to sleep watch this. You'll be so bored by this that you'll actually fall asleep!
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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 David H J Ashdown TOP 500 REVIEWER on 17 Dec. 2014
Format: DVD
Good idea about an alien species occupying human hosts by turning them in to schizophrenics with the alien voice being the dominant one and stopping human beings from fighting against each other and destroying the world. The only problem with the film is that it turned a good idea into teenage boy- meets - girl scenario where there was constant bickering and immature relationships fogging the main point that the film was trying to make. A different approach to the film could have turned it into much more interesting and thought provoking concept.
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