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The Host 2013 PG-13 CC

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:
Rachel Roberts, Shyaam Karra
Runtime:
2 hours, 6 minutes

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Genres Science Fiction, Thriller, Romance, Adventure
Director Andrew Niccol
Starring Rachel Roberts, Shyaam Karra
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 (Parents Strongly Cautioned)
Captions and subtitles English Details
Purchase rights Stream instantly and download to 2 locations Details
Format Amazon Video (streaming online video and digital download)

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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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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. Well I got the book but somehow missed out on being able to get the movie. Fast forward a year, and I saw The Host on Netflix. I decided to watch it there. When the movie first started out, the protagonist, Melanie, was really annoying. I was ready to write her off as being just as annoying and useless as Bella. I was almost glad I had missed out on getting the movie. I was tempted to just quit and watch something else, but I have OCD and didn't want to leave a movie half finished in my watched list. So I trudged through. By the time the movie had reached an hour in though I had become fully invested in the characters and my previous annoyances were gone. In fact, the developing bond between Melanie and her invader, combined with the struggle for acceptance and trust by the rest of the resistance really made me sympathetic for everyone involved.

The romance aspect was well done too, and with deep psychological and moral values at play, this was indeed a true romance movie, not a chick flick. If you wish to look for it, there are some deep issues this movie poses. If you're not a philosopher type and just want to kill time watching a romance with your significant other (or alone), the movie can be watched that way too. Either way, the casting and acting was very well done, the CGI could have been better for a sci-fi, but its not weak enough to detract from the experience, and the ending is very well set up to allow the movie to just end here, or, if Stephanie Meyer continues the trend that most authors do, set up for a sequel.

Of course if you don't enjoy romance movies, or are looking for a sci-fi with a bit more...fighting, then it would be wise to steer clear of this one.
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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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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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