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An action packed movie that runs its course towards reconciliation.
I don't get all the negative reviews! I really liked the book, and I thought the movie fit in very well, with it even improving parts of the story. The actors and the CGI were great. I give this movie a 9/10 and a "Would Strongly Recommend Watching" rating.
The Host (2013) is directed by Andrew Niccol and is PG-13. I give this movie a 3 out of 5 stars. This movie is about when Earth was colonized by an alien race that wipes out the minds of humans and turns their bodies into hosts. Most of mankind has been destroyed, but people like a girl named Melanie and her family have survived and are hiding. Melanie is captured by a Seeker and has a Soul called Wanderer implanted in her body, but she refuses to get in control. When Wanderer betrays her people to save Melanie, the Seeker starts searching for Wanderer/Melanie and her family.
- @purplepuff of the Teen Review Board of the Hamilton Public Library
Alas. This film did not do justice to the book. I agree with sunnyfeline. It focused more on the romance than the fight to survive in the caves, it added unnecessary car chases and gunfights, and it skipped quite a bit of character development. To be fair, it did follow the plot of the book pretty well, but they chose unsuitable actors for the various roles.
Overall, this was an okay adaption of the amazing book, but it could have been better.
I went back to watch this again after finishing Stephanie Meyer's book, "The Host." I was really disappointed to see how this movie lacked depth with the characters. The film rushed and/or skipped over some important things that made the book enjoyable and good. If the director and writer(s) were worried about having too much to put into a 2-hour long movie, maybe they should've just split it up into two different movies. That would've made it much better if they gave it more time with getting to know the characters and follow the book more closely. I was also surprised to see how many of the movie characters didn't resemble the book characters. For example, Ian appears to be slender and average height in this movie. Also pretty young, almost as if he was a teenager. In the book, he's huge with some muscle and older (like his brother Kyle). That threw me off a bit and it was hard for me to enjoy it plus the other issues mentioned above in my review.
enjoyed it, my husband also said a lot of negative comments in the beginning of the movies, as other people in the comments. however by the end of the movie we were both into the plot. I enjoyed it, because its reality to the fact that earth, humans are almost always driven to the point to kill each other and even our planet. I believe it was a lot of morals and good things to take from the movie. I could see technology advancing as far as the health care in this movie, it was really cool to see that. in my opinion personally this was the best extraterrestrial alien like movie that caught my eye.
Teen-oriented variant of "Invasion of the Body Snatchers" for the positive-thinking, optimistic new millenium. The best feature of this movie are the futuristic sets and costumes, which create a real sense of menace, which in turn is completely undone by the inane scenes in the hideout. For the real tension, see the 1956 or the 1978 above-mentioned movie or the 1975 "The Stepford Wives" (not the watered-down later versions).
Way too much romance/Drama
Honestly this had barely any action which was what I was hopeing for I mean movie would be 100% good for me if not all the kissing and Drama which made it a 67% but other than that good movie!
Very good Sci-fi movie.Touching story. A gentle moral to the story as well. I do like Saoirse Ronan and I enjoy the characters she plays. A good watch for anyone.
Might be good if you're a 12-year old girl, but I gave up after about 15 minutes of it.
I think many people have missed the concepts of this movie. Like how we all take our easy everyday lives for granted. Even the lack of appreciation for how terrific it is to be human, to be in the body we currently occupy. To feel the things we feel and to know what we know. To be able to experience such wonderful passion and most of all, Love.
Even my boyfriend enjoyed the love scenes. If everyone got over their controlling ego's than they'd be able to look past the label of 'sappy crap' and see the beauty of it all.
And I think the cast was perfect. Just the shape of their faces suited the characters.
The movie did a great job in recreating the book. Yes it's not exact, but that's not logical to do. They have to work everything in a time frame of a movie, otherwise it would go on forever.
Don't go into this movie with a pre-emptive judgeful mindset. You'll only disappoint yourself.
The movie has been nothing like the book. Poor screenplay, dialogues and completely wrong cast chosen.
I endorse Bazooka_Joe's review.
The author, Stephenie "Twilight" Meyer, says that The Host is science fiction for people who don't like science fiction. How true that is. Ms. Ronan gives a good performance under the circumstances, so there's that.
For a longer, scene by scene review, please see here: http://www.yourmoviesucks.org/2014/06/yms-host-part-1.html .
I think this film should be re-titled "The Hostess" (The Hostess Twinkie, that is).
From my perspective, The Host played out very much like a standard Made-For-TV movie. I think that this rather sloppy, Sci-Fi, soap opera actually might have benefited some from commercial breaks in order to help alleviate all of the insufferable monotony that prevailed throughout the whole clichéd ordeal.
This film (in a roundabout sort of way) was just a very silly and mega-shallow Romeo & Juliet story where, this time around, dear-Juliet had the advantage of a split-personality disorder. And this, of course, conveniently allowed her to juggle 2 pretty-boy Romeos without the baggage of guilt or the stigma of being looked upon as a two-timing slut.
If nothing else, The Host's most damaging mistake was to take all of its meaningless drivel way-way too seriously. This, in turn, caused the story's mighty solemn tone to backfire upon itself, thus rendering many of its straight-faced situations as being just laughable parodies of themselves.
The Alien-Souls (with their blind belief in their practise of kindness & love by all) were definitely one of this film's biggest and most hypocritical jokes of all.
As we all soon find out, these deluded ones were certainly just as prone to violence and murder as were the humans (not to mention that they were still polluting the environment with the continued use of motor vehicles).
About the only thing that truly impressed me about The Host was its undeniably awesome setting in New Mexico's vast desert wasteland.
I kind of liked the aliens, but the love story was just too cheesy. Why not just take over dogs instead of people? Then everyone could be friends. Stupid aliens. If they had to be in charge being a dog or cat would been a much easier way to take over (at least in the USA).
Goose bumps arose when the inner voice talked on the big screen. Never again please. Some chemistry were missing between the beautiful talented Saoirse Ronan and the male leads.
I enjoyed the book a lot, so was looking forward to the film. As others have said, it did drag. It also failed to show any chemistry between the 3 leads and that was crucial to making it work.
I enjoyed this movie, and was really involved in the story line. Hubby thought it was an awful movie.