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

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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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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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By rbmusicman 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' 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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