Movie Review: The Host (2013)

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Poster design by The Cimarron Group. Image courtesy of IMP Awards

One of my favourite movies has to be Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1978) and with that in mind I decided to go watch The Host (2013), as it has aliens and it had so called aliens invading bodies. I figured with these key ingredients the movie can do no wrong.

The Host (2013) is directed by Andrew Niccol, whose previous films include Gattaca, The Truman Show and In Time which shows that he’s no novice when it comes to sci-fi movies.

Actors/ Characters

The main character Melanie Stryder/ Wanderer is played by Saoirse Ronan. Diane Kruger plays The Seeker whilst William Hurt plays Jeb Stryder. Chandler Canterbury plays Jamie Stryder, with Jake Abel and Max Irons playing Ian O’Shea and Jared Howe, respectively.

The movie also stars Frances Fisher and Emily Browning, amongst others.

 Plot

The movie is set in the future where a race of parasitic aliens called “Souls” have taken over most of the human population.

Melanie Stryder is one of the few remaining human beings not yet taken over by the Souls. However, in a bid to protect her brother Jamie, she is caught by The Seeker. Melanie has a soul called “Wanderer” implanted inside her by The Seeker in a bid to find the remaining human beings who are in hiding.

However, Melanie is able to retain a part of her body without being totally taken over by Wanderer. Wanderer is able to see everything that Melanie saw, as Melanie fights a mental battle with Wanderer to ensure Wanderer doesn’t give away the secret hideout.

Scene from The Host
Image courtesy of Screenrant

With The Seeker unable to get Wanderer to find out the hideout, she insists on adding a different Soul to Melanie’s body. With Melanie’s help, Wanderer is able to escape as they head to the desert where she is eventually found by Jeb.

Wanderer faces hostility from the humans, but Jeb and Jamie feel that Melanie is still inside her somewhere.

As time passes by, Wanderer learns about life, love, struggles and what it means to be human.

With The Seekers hot on their trails, and hostility from within, Melanie and Wanderer must find a way to for everyone to co-exist.

Verdict

Wow, i’m just not sure what I watched there. One phrase really springs to mind and that is “all talk, and no action”. This is exactly what this film is and was, there was pretty much zero action and here I thought this was going to be an excellent sci-fi treat.

The most annoying part was Melanie acting like a teen girl who just found out her best friend fancies her boyfriend, with lines like “why are you looking at him like that” and “don’t kiss him” etc. Let me warn you that there is a lot of excessive talk that goes on between Melanie and Wanderer.

Overall, it has been a major disappointment but that’s probably my fault for thinking it could have been anywhere near Invasion of the Body Snatchers and hyping it up too much myself. Well, at least I won’t have to put up with that movie ever again.

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