The Host 2013 PG-13 CC

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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.

Starring:
Saoirse Ronan, Jake Abel
Runtime:
2 hours 6 minutes

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The Host

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Product Details

Genres Science Fiction, Romance, Adventure
Director Andrew Niccol
Starring Saoirse Ronan, Jake Abel
Supporting actors Brent Wendell Williams, Jhil McEntyre, Jalen Coleman, Saoirse Ronan, Diane Kruger, Stephen Rider, Jaylen Moore, Stephen Conroy, Marcus Lyle Brown, Michael L. Parker, Phil Austin, Chandler Canterbury, J.D. Evermore, Max Irons, William Hurt, John Wilmot, Evan Cleaver, Boyd Holbrook
Studio Open Road Films
MPAA rating PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
Captions and subtitles English Details
Rental rights 24 hour viewing period. Details
Purchase rights Stream instantly and download to 2 locations Details
Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

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Very good story and great acting.
TheHunter
I read the book and liked it a lot, I understand that movies can not get everything in the film that is in the book but this movie tried too hard to do just that.
Lapse of time
If I could get the 30 minutes of my life back that I wasted watching the first part of this movie, it would still need to be burned from my memory.
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147 of 178 people found the following review helpful By maskirovka VINE VOICE on March 30, 2013
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 By Roxy on April 25, 2013
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 By Zachary Koenig on 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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Tsuyoshi TOP 1000 REVIEWER on June 29, 2014
Format: DVD
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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