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Movie review: The Host

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Movie review: The Host


A parasitic alien race has invaded Earth, using human beings as their hosts. When Melanie is implanted with a parasite soul named Wanderer she resists. As the two begin to realize they aren't so different they team up to find the men they each love.

Saoirse Ronan (Melanie/Wanda), Diane Kruger (The Seeker/Lacey), William Hurt (Jeb), Max Irons (Jared), Boyd Holbrook (Kyle), Jake Abel (Ian), Lee Hardee (Aaron), Scott Lawrence (Doc), Shawn Peterson (Wes).

The Host begins by showing us how a parasitic race of souls has invaded Earth and the human population. From there we make a short leap into the future where more than 90% of the population has been infected and being pure human is unusual. As Melanie and Wanderer, now inhabiting the same body, learn to exist together they also find they aren't that different. Add love of two different men to the equation and things get quite interesting. Though long, too long at times, the film holds interest well up through the happy-ever-after ending.

Acting was good with Ronan doing very nicely in her role. Kruger played an antagonist well and brought good dimension to the film. Hurt, Lawrence, and the remainder of the supporting cast felt solid, well rehearsed, and presented good energy throughout.

Camera work, sets, and backgrounds were all nicely done with a solid, quality feel that made The Host feel like a big budget film. CGI alien effects were minimal allowing the film to maintain focus on the drama and romance while supporting the storyline well. Dialogue was a bit soft in this one, maintaining an agonizingly slow pace through much of the film. Sound and soundtrack were both good.

Overall The Host is an enjoyable, relaxing film despite the attempt to create drama. Younger viewers and those who enjoy unusual romances will like this the most while those who prefer more action will be disappointed.

Presenting some gore, mild violence, and adult scenes that may be disturbing to young viewers this should be fine for teens and above.

Released: 2013
Reviewed: 11.28.13
Star rating: 3 out of 5
Genre: Romantic Movies, Sci-Fi & Fantasy, Alien Sci-Fi, Sci-Fi Dramas, Sci-Fi Thrillers

copyright ©2013 Dave Riedel

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