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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 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

Customer Reviews

Top Customer Reviews

Format: Blu-ray
The Host is based upon a book written by Stephenie Meyer, better known for the Twilight Saga. Having never read the book, not having a clue if the film is accurate to it and not being remotely the target audience for this I was pleasantly surprised at how much I did enjoy the film despite some pretty glaring flaws.

The planet Earth has been invaded by aliens however they have been subtle in their domination of the planet being a form of parasite that takes over almost every human on the planet. Earth no longer suffers crime, pollution or lies, the parasites have made the planet perfect, only problem is it's owners the humans are no longer apart of it.
Step in Melanie Stryder (Saoirse Ronan), she is one of the renegade humans who have been on the run, uninfected by the parasite living free. Having been caught she is given a parasite named Wanderer and turned into one of them, the parasite searches her memories to try and find her boyfriend Jared (Max Irons) and her younger brother. However Melanie's mind is not gone, and fights it's own battle against the parasite to defend them.

Firstly the positives, the premise for The Host is great if not overly original for hardcore sci-fi fans and makes a good idea for a film, the aliens are quite threatening but not really in the usual way which was quite a nice change. Secondly Saoirse's performance as Melonie/Wanderer is excellent, especially her use of small facial expressions which conveyed quite a lot, fortunate really as a good amount of the film is her talking or arguing with the voice in her head, I really liked nearly all of these sections.
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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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