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The Host (2013)

Saoirse Ronan , Jake Abel , Andrew Niccol  |  PG-13 |  DVD
3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (846 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Saoirse Ronan, Jake Abel, Max Irons, Boyd Holbrook, Frances Fisher
  • Directors: Andrew Niccol
  • Writers: Andrew Niccol
  • Producers: Nick Wechsler, Steve Schwartz, Paula Mae Schwartz, Stephenie Meyer
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: French, Spanish
  • Subtitles for the Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.40:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Universal Studios
  • DVD Release Date: July 9, 2013
  • Run Time: 126 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (846 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0090SI4LU
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #11,140 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Host" on IMDb

Special Features

  • Deleted Scenes
  • Bringing The Host to Life
  • Seeker PSA
  • Feature Commentary with Author/Producer Stephenie Meyer, Screenwriter/Director Andrew Niccol, and Producer Nick Wechsler

  • Editorial Reviews

    Stephenie Meyer captured the hearts and minds of young (and older) readers with her Twilight series and their related films. Now comes the film version of The Host, and it is guaranteed to hit many of the same thrilling notes with Twilight fans. The Host also features a strong heroine (the always-amazing Saoirse Ronan), Melanie, for whom the audience can root. And root we must, because in The Host Earth has been taken over by aliens in crisp white outfits--each one taking over a human "host" so that the alien race can save the planet. Fewer humans are alive, and young Melanie has been on the run with her kid brother, Jamie (Chandler Canterbury), and her Louisiana honey, Jared (Max Irons). The Host opens with Melanie's capture--and continues on her odyssey as the alien who attempts to overtake her, Wanderer (Wanda for short), battles inside Melanie for control of her body and mind. There are love stories (some interplanetary ones, even), and action sequences that are breathtaking. Pros like William Hurt, Diane Kruger, and Frances Fisher appear in memorable supporting roles. And most of all, The Host delivers a sweet and complicated meditation on what it means to be human--and to retain one's humanity. --A.T. Hurley

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    From Stephenie Meyer, the creator of the worldwide phenomenon The Twilight Saga, comes this daring and romantic thriller based on The New York Times #1 bestselling novel.  When an unseen enemy threatens mankind by taking over humans’ bodies and erasing their minds, Melanie Stryder (Saoirse Ronan) risks everything to protect the people she cares about most, proving that love can conquer all in a dangerous new world.  The Host is a passionate and powerful epic love story co-starring Diane Kruger, Jake Abel, Frances Fisher, Max Irons and William Hurt.

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    147 of 178 people found the following review helpful
    First, let me say, I'm not a "Twi-hard." I don't have any interest in sparkly vampires and ripped werewolves. And as a heterosexual male who is not a teenager, that's not too surprising. But I did really love the novel "the Host." For me, the concept is sort of like "Dances with Wolves" or "Avatar." But instead of having a human run off to live with giant blue smurfs, here we have a protagonist who is truly alien and learns to become human.

    I think there are three problems with the film:

    1. The thing that almost sunk the movie for me was the way the character of Melanie Stryder was manifested in Wanda's head. I didn't mind the use of voice-overs, but I did mind the way that "Melanie" came across...sometimes, she sounded like a petulant 14 year-old and not the 20 year-old woman she was in the story. When Saoirse Ronan was in Wanda mode, I found her mostly more convincing and otherworldly (although near the end, she started sounding like a typical human girl with weird contact lenses in her eyes instead of an alien being that had lived multiple lifetimes in different bodies over a thousand years).

    I really do wonder if it would have been a smarter thing to have cast an older actress in the role (perhaps if Jennifer Lawrence had been free she could have done it better). I think Ronan is a beautiful woman and she's definitely talented as an actress but as I said, when she was in "jealous Melanie" mode, she came across as very young...and not particularly likeable.

    It also would have been smart to minimize the internal dialogue as much as possible and convey a lot of it with just Ronan's expressions and flashbacks.

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    55 of 73 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars The Host- The movie April 25, 2013
    By Roxy
    I really enjoyed this movie. It had all the ups and downs I like to see when I watch a movie. It was entertaining and interesting. No movie is ever just like the book so I don't know why we even try to compare. Your imagination is always better than the movie. I will buy this movie because I enjoyed it that much. I do enjoy science fiction and I think this movie will fit right in with my DVD collection.
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    12 of 16 people found the following review helpful
    2.0 out of 5 stars Some Interesting Themes, But Mostly Flat August 18, 2013
    I'm usually a fan of science fiction fare and so, after hearing some good things about "The Host", I finally decided to give it a look. While some of its science fiction aspects did appeal to me, I mainly just felt let down, like I was watching an emotionally "flat" movie.

    For a basic plot summary, "The Host" sees Earth being colonized by aliens who take over bodies and suppress the human souls. When this process happens to Melanie Styder (Saoirse Ronan), however, her soul fights back against "Wanderer", the new alien being. With this internal battle raging in Melanie's body, she reconnects with her younger brother (Chandler Canterbury), former boyfriend (Max Irons), and uncle (William Hurt) who just so happens to be leading a pocket of human resistance against the colonizers.

    To me, the interesting parts of this movie consisted of the battle between Wanderer and Melanie for which soul would rest in their shared body. A lot of "what it means to be human" themes swirl around, many of which produce some deep-thought issues.

    The trouble is, I felt that the acting and directing was woefully inadequate to portray some of those lofty philosophical ideals. The film was just too stark and stoic to ever draw out the kind of true, real emotion that can make characters memorable. The "love triangle" evident about half way through the movie has no "kick" because the two male members just don't have much character development. The same can be said for the young boy character. Just not enough "acting meat" to ever make me truly care about the principles.

    Finally, and this may get me a few automatic down-votes alone, but I feel this is a movie that appeals much more to women and their feelings/emotions.
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    1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
    3.0 out of 5 stars (2.5 STARS) Two Minds in One Body June 29, 2014
    First things first. “The Host” is not an action movie. It is a sci-fi romance about two boys and one girl, and the girl is torn between the two boys. Based on a Stephenie Meyer novel of the same name, “The Host” not surprisingly looks a bit like the “Twilight” saga. The difference is that, well, the heroine Melanie (played Saoirse Ronan, “Atonement”) is not just “a girl,” but a girl implanted with a parasitic alien. And the alien’s name is “Wanda.”

    Set in the world where most humans are taken over by small aliens named “Souls,” “The Host” follows the romance of our heroine Melanie Stryder, a human who persuades her “Soul” controlling her body (named Wanderer, then Wanda) to run away from the aliens’ institute to go back to where Melanie came. Melanie/Wanda is pursued by The Seeker (Diane Kruger), dead serious leader of the team hunting down the remaining humans.

    Though panned by critics, “The Host” is not really that bad. Yes, the story lacks dramatic tension with two male characters hardly distinguishable from each other. The Seeker keeps seeking but her motive is not convincing. But visuals are interesting and at least Saoirse Ronan shows what a talented player like her can do, even though her “voiceover” sounds strange.

    Finally, “The Host” is directed by Andrew Niccol, director of intelligent sci-fi drama “Gattaca” and writer of “The Truman Show” (for which he was Oscar nominated). He has directed three films since then – “S1m0ne,” “Lord of War” and “In Time” – all of which have great ideas, but none of them knows how to develop them, just like “The Host,” his latest film that starts out well but fails to live up to its promise.
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    Most Recent Customer Reviews
    5.0 out of 5 stars I cant believe how much I enjoyed this movie
    Last year, I got the movie and book for Warm Bodies, and planned to do the same for The Host, both being movie-book adaptations. Read more
    Published 5 days ago by Mohak
    5.0 out of 5 stars Nice and easy reading
    Nice story ... I even got the movie .....
    Published 7 days ago by Doris
    3.0 out of 5 stars The Host is an okay movie worth watching one time....
    The Host happens to be just an okay movie. I could go into lots of details about why I consider this
    a movie to be seen *1* time. Read more
    Published 7 days ago by Robert Pylant
    4.0 out of 5 stars Huge potential lost!!!
    You have advanced technology, intergalactic, world beating aliens with a very unique physiology and "rebel" humans running and hiding all over the place. Read more
    Published 8 days ago by Borat's Bad Brother
    5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
    Great movie. Fast shipping . Love watching.
    Published 10 days ago by pjc123
    5.0 out of 5 stars lol awesome
    Very entertaining!!!
    Published 10 days ago by Katija
    2.0 out of 5 stars Very formulaic--nothing original
    If you read the description of this film on the dust jacket, you should know about everything you need to know about this film. Another one in a chain of sci-fi, vampire etc. Read more
    Published 11 days ago by Karl E. Weaver
    5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
    Great movie - If you haven't Stephanie Meyer's book The Host, your missing out. Fantastic read.
    Published 14 days ago by Samtwigal
    1.0 out of 5 stars Same plot as the book, but it just didn't work.
    I thoroughly enjoyed the book, but the movie did not meet my expectations. There was little character development, the acting was uninspired, and the projection of the movie was... Read more
    Published 15 days ago by PhiLeese
    1.0 out of 5 stars I liked the book so I really wanted to like the ...
    How the heck did 282 people give this movie 5 stars? Rotten Tomatoes gave this movie 2%...OUT OF 100%! I liked the book so I really wanted to like the movie. Read more
    Published 17 days ago by Sydney
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