The Host [Blu-ray]
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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.
- Aspect Ratio : 2.40:1
- Is Discontinued By Manufacturer : No
- MPAA rating : s_medPG13 PG-13 (Parents Strongly Cautioned)
- Product Dimensions : 6.25 x 5.25 x 0.5 inches; 3.2 Ounces
- Director : Andrew Niccol
- Media Format : Multiple Formats, Blu-ray, Ultraviolet, Color, Widescreen
- Run time : 2 hours and 6 minutes
- Release date : July 9, 2013
- Actors : Saoirse Ronan, Jake Abel, Max Irons, Boyd Holbrook, Frances Fisher
- Subtitles: : French, Spanish
- Producers : Nick Wechsler, Steve Schwartz, Paula Mae Schwartz, Stephenie Meyer
- Language : English (Dolby Digital 5.1), English (DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1)
- Studio : Universal Pictures Home Entertainment
- ASIN : B0090SI4OC
- Writers : Andrew Niccol
- Number of discs : 2
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The movie, however, is not good. I just can't wrap my mind around how someone who hadn't read the book could even appreciate what's going on. Those that have read the book, if like me, will probably be frustrated by the lack of character development and the lack of motivational development. The movie stays relatively true to the source, but it's shoving a big book into two hours. They take liberties here and there of course and it's not a perfect 1 to 1 adaptation, but you can understand the decisions. They cut a lot out. Wanda doesn't tell stories like a teacher. Jamie isn't prevalent. Doc doesn't get much development. Other characters are only named as they die or are in altercations. It's just not well done. I'd say it had huge budget constraints or something. The vision was there, but it was poorly executed and it feels like too much is cut.
The acting is good from the veteran actors. William Hurt, Diane Kruger, and my personal favorite Jake Abel doing great jobs. Even Emily Browning, though brief, did a good job. Saoirse Ronan was believable, but it was probably the role she was given. Playing a character with two independent minds is hard to pull off and she did it well.
Max Irons was not a good fit for Jared. It was bad. The other actors that could potentially have been great just didn't get enough screen time. Scott Lawrence was criminally under represented on screen as Doc. I was looking forward to seeing how Doc would be portrayed.
I bought the Prime HD version. It played wonderfully and the sound was great. The subtitles seemed accurate. Prime's movie service never disappoints.
If you've read the book and you want that extra sprinkle of seeing it acted out, sure get this movie. If you haven't read the book, don't get the movie. You'll probably just be confused or irritated by exposition that is poorly done.
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A few folk have managed to avoid being implanted & struggle to survive.
One such girl gets caught after trying to escape & is implanted but she resists the take over & then starts a battle between herself & her alien invader.
A few plot twists but none too confusing & a good ending.
Well worth watching at least once in your life, even if it is just for the chromed vehicles!
However, the moral compase is strong and very inviting with this story adaption.
The sets are extraordinarily convincing and impressive. The production style is superb. Well thought through ideas and story evolution.
The alien species design and idea is beautiful. Their ethos is simple and their status is expressed as a soul.
The film has merit and worth a watch.
Details of the dvd:
It begins with several trailers, but you can skip these by pressing the next button on the dvd remote.
The only extras are: A commentary from writer/director Andrew Niccol. Producer Nick Wechsler. And Stephenie Meyer herself. Who was also a producer on the film.
Four deleted scenes. These can only be watched individually, not in a row. But none last more than ten to fifteen seconds approx.
Bringing the Host to life. A seven minute long making of featurette. As with most of these nowadays, it's short but quite decent viewing.
A review of the film for those who haven't read the book:
Gattaca/Truman Show/In Time creator Andrew Niccol returns to the big screen, with an adaptation of the science fiction novel by Twilight writer Stephenie Meyer. That tells of a rather different kind of alien invasion.
Earth, we are told in opening narration, is at peace. There's no war. Crime. Intolerance. Everyone is polite and trusting. Pollution has been dealt with. All because the human race has been taken over. By parasitic aliens who bond with human bodies. You can tell if this has happened to someone by the colour of their eyes. When taken over, human personalities and memories will either fade away. Or resist.
Naturally, some humans are resisisting. Such as Melanie [Saoirse Roman] who we first meet leaping to her death to try and escape from seekers. White suited possessed humans who root out resistance.
Melanie's body is still strong enough to take in a host, and after it's healed up for that a Seeker [Diane Kruger] watches as one of her bretheren takes it on. This alien takes the name wanderer. It's role is to search Melanie's memories to find clues and information that will lead to the location of the human resistance.
But Melanie's mind is stronger than anticipated. And her personality and memories are still there. Wanderer has to get used to the voice in her head that will lead the two of them to discover more about humanity, the aliens, and themselves, than they ever anticipated...
You do initially wonder if the way the opening exposition is handled is the right way to go, but it does swiftly become apparent that it works. The focus is on Melanie/Wanderer and Saoirse Roman does a very good job in depicting a very alien creature and the human who still lives on inside her. Her memories of humanity and falling for a man are gradually revealed.
You might think, once she is reunited with a resistance group run by her uncle Jeb [William Hurt] and the seekers goes after her, that this will go love triangle route, but it never plays out that way. It's all character drama as everyone involved gradually learns more about the others and grows and changes as a result.
This all takes place in some stunning locations.
Saoirse Roman and William Hurt turn in superb performances, and the child actor who plays Melanie's younger brother is also very good indeed. There are a few stoic male rebels who dont quite stand out because they all look a bit similar, but that's only a minor complaint.
It's a long movie and one that does ask some interesting moral questions along the way, so it's for those seeking cerebral science fiction character drama rather than action or an unusual love triangle, but it does have an interesting twist on that, and it is another movie that has a little difficulty knowing where to end. It's also not gone down too well with critics. But you have to wonder if it would be different in that way if didn't mention twilight on the poster.
The score is a bit distracting at points. But superb at others.
All in all though, a solid science fiction character drama, and well worth a look.
A review for those who have read the book:
How to get over six hundred pages of mostly internal monologue into a film of roughly two hours? Without Wanderer's thought processes. As she narrated the book and it described what she was seeing, thinking and doing, all that is just taken up hy seeking the action with her in nearly every scene. And the audience hearing Mel's voice when she has something to say.
An adaptation of a long book won't be able to fit everything in, but this doesn't do too badly. It does keep the central character drama. It does beef up the role of the Seeker to allow for a little more action. And change some of the visual descriptions from the book. Some things are lost, but as mentioned a lot remains.
The main actors are all very good. Although some of the young male rebels don't perhaps come to life as much as they could have.
How successfully a book is brought to the screen will always be a matter of opinion for those who have read it. Personally I thought it to be a largely successful adaptation and worth 4/5.
very being of their human Hosts.
One victim who who has reluctantly succumbed the to switch, Host-'Melanie Stryder' (Saoirse Ronan) fights to keep the memories the 'Seekers' normally take from their victims human-form.
'Melanie' wants to protect those who had mattered to her from becoming
one of the unwelcome visitors.
'Melanie' escapes however the 'Seekers' will not give up the search for her any time soon.
A terrific concept asking the age-old question......What If ?
certainly not a fast moving plot, however the story-line is certainly
worth a viewing.
( the author of the 'Host' and 'Twilight' 'Stephenie Meyer' has created
some interesting story-lines.....'Twilight' was watered down to capture
a wider audience base, I'm guessing not having read the book 'The Host'
has almost certainly been subjected a similar fate ? )