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A key part of the movie is the 2 minds, 1 body conflict in the main character played by Saoirse Ronan. The way it plays out in the story is a constant argument between one mind and the other. That may very well work on paper, but on the screen, it sounds and looks silly. With all the high tech wizardry of current movie magic, the voiceover smacks of old tech and reflects a lack of imagination from the director. It also takes away from the actress relying on acting to carry the roles, and the end result is Saoirse, who has done some great work in other movies, looks like she's sleepwalking through her parts. What is even worse is that the dialogue/argument of the two minds sounds like the typical dialogue/argument of two vacuous teenagers - devoid of intelligence and empathy. The movie is clearly aimed at teenagers. Adults stay away.
As Beautiful Creatures was witch Twilight, The Host is alien Twilight. High on romance, the underwhelming effects, action, as well as the Twilight level of acting, leave any sci-fi fan high and dry and wanting. Watched it with my teen daughter who loved it.
Probably appealing to its target demographic (girls 12-15). I thought the addition of William Hurt and a Sci Fi invasion plot might make it bearable; wrong- so very, very wrong.
I enjoyed the book and actually liked the movie as well, although there was an uncomfortable amount of kissing to watch this with your tween daughter. ;-)
I read the novel before seeing the film. I actually really liked the story line. I wasn't disappointed with the film. I think it was well made and very cool. My only dislike is that a few things were cut from the book.
Terrible - book was okay - movie not so much - it could have been entertaining if "the alien" wasn't always talking to the host - brutal - don't waste your time!