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The Host (2013)

Saoirse Ronan , Diane Kruger , Andrew Niccol  |  PG-13 |  DVD
3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (861 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Saoirse Ronan, Diane Kruger
  • Directors: Andrew Niccol
  • 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: Open Road Films
  • DVD Release Date: July 9, 2013
  • Run Time: 126 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (861 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0090SI4LU
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #7,045 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

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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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    148 of 181 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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    57 of 75 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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    14 of 19 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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    9 of 12 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars from a fan of the book... July 14, 2013
    Format:Amazon Instant Video
    This movie was very well made and well acted. While the storyline differed from the book, these changes were necessary to tell the story in two hours. I hope Stephanie Meyer decides to complete some follow up novels so that this story may continue.
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    2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it October 27, 2013
    By Doris
    Format:Amazon Instant Video|Verified Purchase
    I loved the book and was very curious how it would be translated into film. Had to be a very difficult task. I love Saoirse Ronan and she was fantastic as Wanderer/Wanda.
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    15 of 22 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars i loved this movie April 5, 2013
    Format:DVD
    Pacing
    - The pacing was very good for the time restraints it has (800+ page book into 2 hours movie) thing flowed from scene to scene. The emotional flow is about the same as the book with pieces taken out to shorten the film

    Action
    - There gun fight and chases though they are quick and don last as long we can chalk that up mostly to length. Though there is not as much action and many my have thought. There a still scene intermixed helping the flow of the movie.

    Cinematography
    - Really nice looking Andrew Niccol does a fabulous Job using wide camera angles to show case the scenery Which is stunning even for a desert. He captures the emotion of character using the camera to show their face and eyes to help show you how the characters are felling. This was very well done.

    Production
    - I personally Love the cave scene I feel as though they did a really good job with something of this magnitude (a huge interior living cave system),
    -The desert scene are well shot and make you feel lost as if you where in the desert with the characters
    -The scene in Louisiana Are very well shot used many land marks that look and feel Futuristic and metallic.
    -This is same look is used for the look of the vehicles, tools and accessories used and it's pulled off very well
    - Has flashes of Andrew Niccol's visual style
    -Which lead to Costumes, they were great as souls the where a vintage style, as the cave dwellers they look and feel worn in and practical.
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