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The Host (2013)

Saoirse Ronan , Jake Abel , Andrew Niccol  |  PG-13 |  DVD
3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (803 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: 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: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (803 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0090SI4LU
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #8,574 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Host" on IMDb

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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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145 of 175 people found the following review helpful
Format:DVD
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
Format:DVD
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
Format:Blu-ray
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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Just read the book March 5, 2014
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I was warned not to get the movie if I had read the book. I should have listened! It was so disappointing. That said, if you haven't already, read the book, please do, it's excellent. I am aware that the movie is never the same and almost always not as good as the book but, this movie was really not even close.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Lacking depth... January 3, 2014
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Potential in storyline but the execution is cliche.....lacked any depth...best suited for a 13 year old audience, abundance of under-developed teenie bopper romance...adults beware!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Loved the book, hated the movie December 4, 2013
By Jillian
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Loved the book, hated the movie. Bad acting. Though its close the book, it just didn't translate well. What a shame.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars The Host August 23, 2013
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Read the book and it is one of those times that the book was so much better that the movie was not that great. Probably would have been better if I had not read the book
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
By Annie
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
* caution: some mild spoilers *

I have to admit that, based on some of the reviews I read, I wasn't expecting to like this movie. However, I found it extremely enjoyable. It's possible that my enjoyment of the movie is attributable to a) the fact that I loved the book (and therefore the plot) so much, and b) that I watched it with initially low expectations. Having seen it a couple times, I won't say that it's a masterpiece, but it definitely held my interest and I do enjoy it.

Regarding the benefits of READING THE BOOK FIRST:
I absolutely loved the book, and have read and reread it countless times. As such, the plot and content of the book was in my mind as I watched the movie. This allowed me, I believe, to fill in certain gaps and moments of inadequacy in the movie plot and acting (there were a couple iffy moments with the male leads, although overall they were believable), as well as some clichéd or corny dialogue, and some important aspects of the character and plot development that I felt were present in the book, but lacking in the movie. For example, if I had watched the movie without reading the book, I don't think I would get the same sense of the affection/love building between Wanda and Melanie, nor would I get the extent of the conflict Wanda experienced in terms of her feelings for both Jared and Ian, or her different reactions to each. Things seemed to happen rather quickly and more superficially in the movie, although some of that may have been necessary (considering the timing and medium). Regardless, I do think that some of my enjoyment of this movie was most likely contingent on my love of the book.

So, this is my advice to anyone contemplating watching or buying it: first of all, don't expect a cinematic masterpiece.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Bad casting and plot line.
I think the casting choices for this were just terrible. Saoirse Ronan was a really bad choice for Melanie Stryder. Melanie in the book was olve-skinned and dark featured. Read more
Published 1 day ago by ANGELA J Sheldon
2.0 out of 5 stars Terrible
This was a terrible, terrible movie. I read the book and generally I don't expect the movie to be as good, but this one was a snoozer. Read more
Published 2 days ago by TX Tulip
4.0 out of 5 stars The Host: The Movie
In the future, earth is taken over by aliens. The aliens take over the bodies of the humans, hoping that the said humans will relinquish control of their bodies. Read more
Published 4 days ago by Sandra Brazier
3.0 out of 5 stars Somewhat Disappointed
While they got the general point through, I was disappointed in some of the key points from the book that were missing. Read more
Published 4 days ago by Jackelyn Chism
5.0 out of 5 stars Sci - Fi at its best
Keeps you guessing right to the surprise ending with a unique style for the main character I've not seen before. William Hurt at his best as well.
Published 5 days ago by R. G. Vail
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book for young adults
This was a great book to read with my 8th grade class! They hated when it was time to put the book down. I wish there was a sequel.
Published 8 days ago by Daniel Grunewald
4.0 out of 5 stars Good movie, on the slow side
I was very surprise with this movie. Good plot, a twist or two and the acting is very good. Now when the romance stars that's when in my opinion, slows down. Read more
Published 12 days ago by Luis A. Ortiz
2.0 out of 5 stars regretful
I regret spending money to see this movie. The book was much better, and two weeks after I paid to rent it, it came out on Netflix, and I could have watched this terrible movie for... Read more
Published 17 days ago by Renee A.Fetterhoff
4.0 out of 5 stars Not like the book. Fair warning
Why can't they just stick to the story. Its a good one. read the book. Way better. If you can mentally separate the move and book as two different stories... Read more
Published 20 days ago by firefox824
5.0 out of 5 stars Great movie, that even my teens loved.
Interesting and provacative themes of self will and a strong spirit. See the hope and human spirit. Very uplifting love story of family and friends.
Published 20 days ago by Craftybayler
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