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:
Saoirse Ronan, Diane Kruger
Rental Formats:
DVD, Blu-ray

Product Details

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

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Minnie on 27 July 2013
Format: DVD
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 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 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 By rbmusicman TOP 500 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' 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 By Fiction_Fan on 13 April 2013
Format: DVD
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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