The Host

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The Host

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<strong>Rating: </strong><span class='lf-avgRating'>3</span>/5

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Time Out says

Fri Jan 20 2012

A retread in the territory of ‘Invasion of the Body Snatchers’ told from a post-occupation vantage point, this adaptation of Stephenie Meyer’s young-adult romance novel unfolds in a dark future where alien parasites have nearly won the battle for Earth. Like Don Siegel’s pod people, these ETs render their human hosts impossibly civil and upbeat.

One of the last surviving members of the resistance, Melanie (Saoirse Ronan, in an eerily compelling turn) is finally captured and implanted. The young woman cedes control to a foreign being named Wanderer and resists interrogation by the Seeker (Diane Kruger). It’s a suspenseful segment, even if the story’s need for Ronan to carry on conversations with herself is achieved through the most cheesetastic of voiceovers.

No stranger to high concepts (‘Gattaca’, ‘In Time’), writer-director Andrew Niccol helps ‘The Host’ survive as a sci-fi movie even as he’s saddled with the ‘Twilight’ author’s source material. Escaping to the rebels’ desert hideaway, Wanderer and Melanie share one body but pine for different freedom fighters (Max Irons and Jake Abel). Meanwhile, William Hurt’s daffy uncle nods sagely at life’s lessons. The real drawback is the HD digitial cinematography, which makes what once would have been a lush, grand-scale blockbuster appear cheap and televisual. Imagine the Southern Californian vistas in ‘Terminator 2’  looking similarly cut-price, and you’ll have a truly dystopian vision of the movies.

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UK release:

Fri Mar 29, 2013

Cast and crew

Director:

Andrew Niccol

Screenwriter:

Andrew Niccol

Cast:

Saoirse Ronan, Max Irons, Jake Abel, William Hurt

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Dimitris

It starts promisingly and Saoirse Ronan is wonderful as usually. However tension falls during the second half and the story becomes a metamodern mess where it is impossible to distinguish among different basic notions (body, soul, personality, memory, human, alien). http://argonautis.eu/the_host.htm

Gypsy King

Awful, I'm afraid. Poor Andrew Niccol, possessing a keen sci-fi mind, can do nothing to save this tween romance. Brings a whole new meaning to 'having a threesome' though.

long cat

A bit of a love triangle with a difference - two guys in love with one girl or two entities in one body in love with two guys. Saoirse is brilliant in this sci-fi adventure with Diane Kruger looking the menacing terminator style villain in pursuit of Saoirse's character. Some intense drama scenes and magnificent scenery. You can like the characters and love Melanie. Gripping

long cat

A bit of a love triangle with a difference - two guys in love with one girl or two entities in one body in love with two guys. Saoirse is brilliant in this sci-fi adventure with Diane Kruger looking the menacing terminator style villain in pursuit of Saoirse's character. Some intense drama scenes and magnificent scenery. You can like the characters and love Melanie. Gripping

Ian

Do you ever get that feeling of deja vu? We have all seen this before whether it is Meyer's Twilight Trilogy or Collin's Hunger Games. Yet again we get a young girl in love with two attractive young men only this time the one girl's body has two girls minds in it. In addition to the normal question of which one does she love we get possibly the most annoying voiceover ever of the trapped Melanie alternating between explaining the storyline and arguing with Wanda the interloper in her body. At times I dodn't know whether to laugh or cry. A poor 2 star film.