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Review: The Host

March 29, 2013

host_ver2The Host

  • Starring: Saoirse Ronan (Hanna), Max Irons (Red Riding Hood), Diane Kruger (Unknown) and more.
  • Directed by: Andrew Niccol (Gattaca)
  • Synopsis: “THE HOST is a riveting story about the survival of love and the human spirit in a time of war. Our world has been invaded by an unseen enemy. Humans become hosts for these invaders, their minds taken over while their bodies remain intact. Most of humanity has succumbed.”
  • Rated: Rated PG-13 for sensuality and violence
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Do you see the tagline at the top of the poster above? That is one big reason why so many of you should not be a guest of The Host. If you haven’t guessed already, I am not only ready to bash into this film for how bad it is, I am also prepared to nominate it for several “Worst Of” awards of 2013. For sake of this review and non-bias, I will attempt to be a little bit nicer than my initial thoughts were coming out of the theater. (but only a “little bit”)

Going into The Host I don’t know quite what I was hoping for. The fact (which I most recently learned) that Meyers wrote this before her precious Twilight Saga and no one ever even really heard of it until AFTER Twilight shot warning bells all through my brain to the tune of the Lost in Space robot screaming “Danger, Will Robinson! Danger!”

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Let me lay this out for you: If you loved Twilight, then this film PERHAPS is something you will enjoy. MAAAYYYBBEEEE. Much like the Twilights there is a plot (I think); simplistically dull acting; a love triangle of a girl stuck between two guys, two worlds, two desires; a silly and verbose narrative; and a new line of eye contact lenses that I expect to see for sale around next October 31.the-host-trailer-01_med

Saoirse Ronan (Hanna) stars as Melanie/Wonderer/Wanda (you pick) along with Max Irons (Red Riding Hood), William Hurt, Diane Kruger (who continues to disappoint me more often than not after National Treasure) and several others. Aliens; chrome-covered motorcycles, Lotuses, and helicopters; silly/useless characters and more make this film more of a bore than anything else. (Definitely a film for those that have read the book and know more of the details not brought out in the movie itself.)AV9D9558.CR2

The Host has some pretty visuals…maybe. There’s my kind statement of the day. I left the theater wondering if this was supposed to be a comedy because I found myself laughing at many things that I don’t think the writers/directors intended me to. From Melanie’s inner monologue/argument with herself/alien making her look crazy to the Alien Seeker as an obsessed/ludicrous villain on a ruthless hunt, to a nickname given to shorten a character’s name by a man named Jebadiah with a wife named Magnolia, to characters who we spend so much time with but care nothing for, to a ridiculous ending that sets up the next film (PLEASE…NO!), this one is def shaping up to be the next tween sensation that even tweens may be bored with.host-images-slice

Just nonsense. No real love story at all (don’t be fooled). No real action. No real plot. No real anything. It is not at all what the synopsis reports (“THE HOST is a riveting story about the survival of love and the human spirit in a time of war…”) Let me tell you something that is real. There are tv sitcoms and soap operas that have better acting, story, characters etc than this. I almost would dare say that Twilight (the 1st one) is better.

Should The Host invite you to come and watch, decline that invitation. There are much better scifi films out there, much better love stories, much better action films…this mixture just does NOT work. Skip out on The Host.the-host-trailer

Score: out of 5 stars for The Host

(Remember, to read this review of mine and over 200 more, check out THE ARCHIVE of movies I have reviewed anytime. Know before you go…or rent…or buy!)

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Thanks for reading! Happy Watching!

-T, The Focused Filmographer

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24 Comments leave one →
  1. March 29, 2013 9:49 am

    Awesome! I’ll go out right now and avoid this movie ;-). Thanks for the heads up, T.

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    • March 29, 2013 10:48 pm

      haha. I read this comment while I was at work earlier today. it made me smile. :) yes, hurry up and avoid it. a waste of time

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  2. jackdeth72 permalink
    March 29, 2013 10:13 am

    Hi, Terrence and company:

    So, what we have is the umpteenth eleventh re-telling of the Don Siegel classic, ‘Invasion of the Body Snatchers’ re-tooled, re-imagined *snort!* and re-hashed for the “Twilight Generation”?

    “That’s one I definitely MUST see!” Said no one. Ever.

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    • March 29, 2013 10:49 pm

      yes, “Invasion of the Body Snatchers” once again, although nowhere near the quality.

      your final statement sums it up completely!

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  3. March 29, 2013 10:29 am

    MWAHAHAHAHAHAHA! xD

    Knew it! Called it! Meyer produces shit from both ends!

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    • March 29, 2013 10:50 pm

      haha. Tim, you once again summon your powers of prediction and know exactly what is coming.

      quick…tell me this week’s lottery numbers! :)

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      • March 30, 2013 5:38 am

        8 – 10 – 22 – 24 – 37 – 44 2

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  4. March 29, 2013 10:41 am

    I hate that this sucks so bad. I really like Ronan as an actress and its unfortunate shes tied to this thing.

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    • March 29, 2013 10:51 pm

      Ronan is an okay actress. I’m still not overly impressed by her, but I have hope for her. It is unfortunate that she is part of the reason for this film’s appeal. I blame the source content material

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  5. March 29, 2013 11:19 am

    I doubted that I was going to see this one anyway – now you’ve sealed the deal :D Good work!

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    • March 29, 2013 10:51 pm

      haha. Mr. Rumsey, I wish I could be in your position. haha

      thanks for reading.

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  6. March 29, 2013 11:45 am

    Wow, pretty scathing. Meyer is really copping it for her stuff!

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    • March 29, 2013 10:52 pm

      this was just bad. and for me to praise the 1st Twilight over this one…yeeahhh.

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  7. March 31, 2013 11:35 am

    Oh boy, I’m so glad I declined the Press Screening then! Btw, I submitted this to Reddit: http://www.reddit.com/r/moviecritic/comments/1bd7xe/review_the_host_is_this_an_improvement_over/ Please upvote & ask people to do the same :D

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    • March 31, 2013 1:58 pm

      Haha. Yeah. This one was bad. Lol. Thanks for the upvote. I’m a baby novice with Reddit. I will vote it up as well and ask others. Very kind. Thanks. It is a good thing you skipped it.

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  8. April 2, 2013 3:46 am

    Oh, wow, I thought this was Meyers’ follow-up to the Twilight books. I had no idea that it was something she’d written before, and was only being drudged up in an attempt to cash-in on her more recent success. I mean, not that I have high hopes for ever enjoying something she writes, but at least there’s the vague idea of potential there in something new. But something that wasn’t even successful before she wrote the Not-feratu? Yeah, that should set the alarm bells a-clanging all right.

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    • April 4, 2013 11:25 pm

      haha “Not-feratu”. LOL

      yep, this one is BAD. Skip it for sure

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  9. April 2, 2013 7:23 am

    I agree with your whole review! This film had nothing. It was a borefest! So far it is the worst film of the year.

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    • April 4, 2013 11:30 pm

      glad you got my back man. this one was horrifically bad! ha

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  10. April 7, 2013 7:25 pm

    Cracking up on this review. Loved the comment about the contact lenses. And who are we kidding, even tweens wouldn’t care to see this movie continue past this first one. U were cracking up on the double play Ronan was doing, but I found it to be the most entertaining part of the movie. But u are right, I did find myself laughing too…ha!

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    • April 9, 2013 5:26 pm

      yeah, this was so much a waste of my time and I truly expected it to be bad…but not so drawn out terrible. haha

      I am glad that this was an entertaining review…far more so than the film itself. Thanks so much for stopping in and for the support! :)

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