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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:
Scott Lawrence, Tatanka Means
Rental Formats:
DVD, Blu-ray

Product Details

Discs
  • Feature ages_12_and_over
Runtime 2 hours 5 minutes
Starring Scott Lawrence, Tatanka Means, Frances Fisher, Saoirse Ronan, Max Irons, Jake Abel, William Hurt, Diane Kruger, Boyd Holbrook, Chandler Canterbury, Andrea Frankle
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

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9 of 10 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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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Stevehobfg on 7 Feb. 2015
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
Wonderful movie!

As bad a film interpretation as the Twilight series are, this is the complete opposite!

The actress/actors match the books descriptions better, but much more importantly they can ACT. The cinematography is as good as the casting, the direction is measured and all the better for it. The music deserves special mention, just perfect!

In fact there is only one thing that wasn't quite perfect. The choice of actress for Wanderer's second life, spectacular eyes but utterly failed to capture the characterisation so brilliantly established by Saoirse Ronin who for me should have been considered for Best Actress Oscar alongside Jennifer Lawrence.

Very Highly Recommended in bluray!
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By Paul Tapner TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 26 Sept. 2013
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
The Host is a film based on a science fiction novel by Stephenie Meyer, best known for writing the Twilight saga series of books.

Details of the dvd:

Languages: English.

Subtitles: English.

It begins with several trailers, but you can skip these by pressing the next button on the dvd remote.

The only extras are: A commentary from writer/director Andrew Niccol. Producer Nick Wechsler. And Stephenie Meyer herself. Who was also a producer on the film.

Four deleted scenes. These can only be watched individually, not in a row. But none last more than ten to fifteen seconds approx.

Bringing the Host to life. A seven minute long making of featurette. As with most of these nowadays, it's short but quite decent viewing.

A review of the film for those who haven't read the book:

Gattaca/Truman Show/In Time creator Andrew Niccol returns to the big screen, with an adaptation of the science fiction novel by Twilight writer Stephenie Meyer. That tells of a rather different kind of alien invasion.

Earth, we are told in opening narration, is at peace. There's no war. Crime. Intolerance. Everyone is polite and trusting. Pollution has been dealt with. All because the human race has been taken over. By parasitic aliens who bond with human bodies. You can tell if this has happened to someone by the colour of their eyes. When taken over, human personalities and memories will either fade away. Or resist.

Naturally, some humans are resisisting. Such as Melanie [Saoirse Roman] who we first meet leaping to her death to try and escape from seekers. White suited possessed humans who root out resistance.
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