Although chomp ‘n’ chase is pretty much an international language, it’s still a very Korean monster movie, in the way that Bong’s previous masterly ‘Memories of Murder’ was an essentially Korean police procedural. The characters’ emotional volatility is almost a given of course, but ‘The Host’ also moves beyond the usual genre formula, since it’s rooted in burning indignation that the working-class folks at the centre of events are simply being ignored by high-handed authorities in thrall to the Americans – significant issues in a nation where democracy has only relatively recently taken root. All of which makes it the thinking person’s giant mutant tadpole pic, and just how many of those have you seen lately?
|Release date:||Friday November 10 2006|
Cast and crew
|Screenwriter:||Bong Joon-Ho, Chul-hyun Baek|
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Finished watching this film 20 minutes ago - great CGI and some good moments for sure but the storytelling is all over the shop and there are some clear attacks at America as the film progresses. I wouldn't not recommend it but don't have it too high on your to-do list unless see'ing amazing CGI effects pretty much make any mediocre film great for you. On a positive, the opening 15 minutes defy anything Hollywood does and gives you a full on view of the monster rather than tucking it away in the shadows with quick glimpses with a slow jaws style build up....rent it, don't buy it.