Flash Movie Review: The Host

Beauty beyond skin deep was an underlying message I picked up from this romantic science fiction film. My friends have heard me say so many times, the body is rented. I have always been fascinated to see old photographs of long term partners. To see how their physical appearance could have dramatically changed but not the connection between their hearts is something I truly admire. Stuff like hair color, weight and height are simply frivolous decorations compared to a person’s soul in my opinion. The story in this movie could really have taken the concept of a person’s identity and expanded it. An alien race arrived on earth to inhabit the bodies of humans, replacing their individuality with their own. The process was painless and efficient most of the time; unless the person was strong minded. One such person was Melanie, played by Saoirse Ronan (Atonement, The Lovely Bones). She had made a promise to see her little brother Jamie, played by Chandler Canterbury (Knowing, Repo Man), again. Would Melanie’s love for him and boyfriend Jared, played by Max Irons (Being Julia, Red Riding Hood), be stronger than an alien invasion? This was not the first time mankind has been invaded in the movies. However, the script was so cheesy and flat; I was bored for the majority of the film. With the writers having Diane Kruger (Unknown, National Treasure) as the Seeker, William Hurt (Dark City, A History of Violence) as Uncle Jeb and Frances Fisher (Titanic,Unforgiven) as Maggie in the cast; it was a shame they did not do some rewriting to give these actors more meatiness to their characters. I have not read Stephenie Meyer’s book this movie was based on, but I suspect it may play like a soap opera as did this film. Saoirse’s acting has been something I have respected. She gave it a good try here, but by the end of the movie I believe she really was not running away from aliens; she was running to get out of this dud. A couple of brief scenes with blood.


1 3/4 stars

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From a long line of movie afficionados, one brother was the #1 renter of movies in the country with Blockbuster, I am following in the same traditions that came before me. To balance out the long hours seated in dark movie theaters, I also teach yoga and cycling. For the past 3 years, I have correctly picked the major Oscar winners... so join me as we explore the wonder of movies and search for that perfect 4 star movie.

Posted on April 3, 2013, in Fantasy/Sci-Fi and tagged , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 7 Comments.

  1. this one may play better on paper as the bandwidth is more geared to internal struggle.

  2. I was considering seeing this as I skipped all of the Twilight films and figured that I should actually see a Meyer adaptation. I wasn’t enthusiatic to begin with, but after reading this review I may just give this one a miss as well! 😀

  3. I agree that the film didn’t put enough effort into its exploration of identity. My biggest problem with ‘The Host’ is the fact that it attempts to tackle 20 different messages (personal identity, tolerance/diversity, environmentalism) but it never goes much further than lightly touching on each of those messages. They should have stuck to one or two themes and expanded on them, because as it is the film just comes off as a confused piece of cheese. Nice review!

  4. A host of negative opinions on this one including your insightful review moviejoltz. I think I am still seeing it though sometime this weekend.

  5. I was suspect of this flick from day one. firstly, they couldn’t even think of an original title. The Host was an Asian movie about a monster. It came out 10 years ago with a strong US release and international acclaim. Why wouldn’t you try to differentiate the movie title?

    • With the trailers pushing so much that this was from the author of the Twilight series, I did not give any thought to the idea there would be confusion with the title The Host.

  6. just watched this over the weekend. I would have to agree with you. I was bored. i loved Saoirse’s performance and of course William Hurt, but the story really died with the romance. Stephanie Meyer has a real fetish with being torn between two men obviously.

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