Review: The 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
- Must-Watch Trailer:
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!”
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.
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.)
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.
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.
Score: 1 out of 5 stars for The Host
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Thanks for reading! Happy Watching!
–T, The Focused Filmographer