PUBLISHED ON 08/04/2013 ON HITZ247
If you’re looking for a romance film set during an alien invasion with little action and a predictable plot with few developments, then “The Host” is the film for you. Otherwise, I would recommend alternative plans. I just assumed, being another Stephanie Meyer creation, there would be more to expect.
Director Andrew Niccol directs a post-apocalyptic sci-fi film based on the novel by Stephanie Meyer in which aliens, called “seekers”, have taken over human bodies and essentially the world. Saosirse Ronan is the female lead, “Melanie”, who is fighting back and whose body is taken over by an alien known as “Wanderer”. The film circulates around Melanie/Wanderer and a group of survivors with their battle for survival and identity. Melanie (Saoirse Ronan) is one of the last few human beings alive, and is on the run with her brother, Jamie (Chandler Canterbury) and her lover, Jared (Max Irons). Eventually she gets captured and injected with a Soul, named Wanderer. Through a series of internal (and annoying) arguments, debates and turmoil between Wanderer and Melanie, they escape and eventually attempt to search for her loved ones.
Although Meyer’s plot leads way to an action packed alien invasion film, the movie is almost a polar opposite. As Stephenie Meyer so infamously managed to do in Twilight, she turned a film that should focus upon a supernatural war into a teenage romantic narrative. If you are looking for a romance, then this is quite a good watch. Featuring a messed up love triangle and lots of romantic confusion, which, when mixed together with an end of the world scenario, may even cause you to leave the cinema with teary eyes. However, if you’ve seen the previews and assume it is about alien invasion, look again!
Overall, if you are interested in “The Host” for its romance and teenage relationships it’s definitely worth seeing, however if you’re seeking a Science-Fiction Action-Adventure film then you’ve come to the wrong place! There’s more time spent on-screen kissing then shooting. Depending on the type of person you are “The Host” could either hit the spot or force you to leave the cinema unsatisfied. I was a person left unsatisfied, because I am a massive Twilight fan.
I was impressed with Ronan’s performances in Atonement and The Lovely Bones, but I felt this performance fell short. She seemed slightly too young and innocent to be cast as the role of Melanie. The film had potentially interesting concepts and themes, which were basically ruined by the lack of character development and the shallow love triangle the film opted to revolve around instead; it could have been executed much, much better.
If you’re a Meyer fan or even enjoyed the likes of Twilight – then go for it, eat your heart out, because no matter how much I warn you, there is probably nothing I can do to stop you. Otherwise, save your money and spend it on something more useful and entertaining: perhaps the purchase of the Twilight SAGA!
I really didn’t like this movie, I wasn’t pleasantly surprised and I don’t recommend seeing it.
Even though, I really wanted to.
Overall, I’d give it a 6.5/10
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