Brought to you by the mind of Stephenie Meyer, author the ultimate expression of an abusive relationship: Twilight series, comes another story that, to my surprise, I did not hate. The Host is directed by Andrew Niccol (Lord of War, In Time).
I admit, at first, I was hesitant to see The Host, but a few of my friends who have read the book told me it was a science fiction novel and that it was better than the aforementioned vampire teen soap about a girl with Stockholm syndrome who marries her stalker. I didn’t read the novel, so this review will not compare it.
The film goes that the Earth has been invaded by alien-hosts called Souls. They attach to our brain stems and directly take over our brain, but sometimes, a human conscience fights back, and in this case, the human Melanie convinces her Soul, Wanderer, to escape and flee to the desert where her uncle, boyfriend, Jared, and her little brother are still live. At first, the humans despise her and even physically beat her, but her uncle protects her, convinced that Melanie is still alive. Meantime, as Wanderer, nicknamed Wanda, starts to learn about humans and even falls for a human named Ian. I don’t know why Stephanie Meyer loves love triangles so much. This one had to be the weirdest I’ve ever seen.
While I’ll doubt the film will win any awards, it was well made as far aesthetics, but I found the acting a bit muted. I don’t agree with a lot of the negativity the critics are giving it, but it wasn’t “over the top” or amazing either. There’s no favorite quote this time as most of the dialogue was largely melodramatic.
PARENTAL CONCERNS: Mild language and some sensuality.
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- Saoirse Ronan as Melanie Stryder/Wanderer
- Jake Abel as Ian O’Shea
- Max Irons as Jared Howe
- Chandler Canterbury as Jamie Stryder
- Frances Fisher as Maggie Stryder
- Diane Kruger as The Seeker
- William Hurt as Jeb Stryder
- Boyd Holbrook as Kyle O’Shea
- Scott Lawrence as Doc
- Lee Hardee as Aaron
- Phil Austin as Charles
- Raeden Greer as Lily