“The Host” is based on the sci-fi novel by Stephenie Meyer, who also wrote the “Twilight” books, so basically this is as “sci-fi” as that franchise was horror, and that was never all that “horror” to begin with. But apparently there’s only one movie here, and not a trilogy or multi-parter. I’m frankly shocked the studio didn’t try to stretch it out into at least two movies, what with Meyer’s name attached and all. Go figure.
Anyways, take a gander at two clips from the film. It’s certainly got a pretty good cast, and Andrew Niccol always does great work. Well, most of the time.
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. When Melanie (Saoirse Ronan), one of the few remaining “wild” humans, is captured, she is certain it is her end. Wanderer, the invading “soul” who has been given Melanie’s body, was warned about the challenges of living inside a human: the overwhelming emotions, the glut of senses, the too-vivid memories. But there was one difficulty Wanderer didn’t expect: the former tenant of her body refusing to relinquish possession of her mind. When outside forces make Wanderer and Melanie unwilling allies, they set off on a dangerous and uncertain search for the man they both love.
Starring Saoirse Ronan, Max Irons, Diane Kruger, Jake Abel, Chandler Canterbury, and William Hurt.
Taking over this March 29, 2013.
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