When I heard "The
Host" was written by Stephenie Meyer, who is best known for
writing "The Twilight Saga" books, I thought, wow, this
must be a GREAT film. Keep in mind that I have only seen the first
"Twilight" film and I did not read the book to go along
with this new movie. Meyer released the adult sci-fi novel "The
Host" in 2008. It debuted on the New York Times
best seller list and held that top spot for 26 weeks.
I was very confused
when watching this movie. It was hard for me to follow along with
it. All of the characters eyes were glowing like aliens. Secondly,
there is an enormous amount of voiceover used with Wanderer's
character (played by Saoirse Ronan) in the film. Finally, there
are no big name stars in this movie -- they are all B-list. Well,
maybe that's how the "Twilight" stars got discovered.
I'm not sure this group will be as popular as Taylor Lautner,
Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson.
The story goes like
this... Parasitic aliens named "Souls" invaded the Earth
and began to possess the minds of humans. Melanie Stryder's body
was inhabited by a Soul named Wanderer, who refuses to go away.
In essence, there are two people in her one body. Wanderer starts
making connections with Melanie's loved ones. She tells her to
make all the wrong decisions using a "voice of god."
The audience can't see her--they can only listen to her.
The chase between the
aliens and the humans was the only part of the film that I was
able to understand. The aliens hunted down the humans by use of
a helicopter and several shiny Lotus convertibles. It reminded
me of the Fisher Karma that Justin Bieber got pulled over in.
Then, there was a shootout between the aliens and the humans.
Meanwhile, the other
humans hid in a large cave underground. It consisted of a collapsible
glass roof that could be closed in a few seconds when the aliens
At the end of this
movie, you'll learn who wins the chase...Will the humans survive
or will the aliens kill them all? I'm not going to tell you right
now. You need to go see the movie for yourself to find out.
Other stars in "The
Host" include Rachel Roberts (who plays Soul Fleur), Shyaam
Karra (Soul Anshu), Brent Wendell Williams (Soul Winters), Jhil
McEntyre (Soul Lake), Jalen Coleman (Soul Nafisa), Diane Kruger
(The Seeker), Stephen Rider (Seeker Reed), Jaylen Moore (Seeker
Song), Stephen Conroy (Seeker Sands), Marcuc Lyle Brown (Healer
Fords), Michael L. Parker (Seeker Wolfe), Phil Austin (Seeker
Waverly), Chander Canterbury (Jamie) and J.D. Evermore (Trevor
Andrew Niccol directed
and wrote the adapted screenplay for this film. It is based off
the novel by Stephenie Meyer. Scenes for the movie were shot in
various locations throughout Louisiana and in New Mexico. It is
rated PG-13 for some sensuality and violence.
This movie was extremely
long. It is two full hours and five minutes, making it 125 minutes
in length. There were several times throughout the film that I
thought it could have been wrapped up, but it kept going.
I think this film was
OK, but like I said earlier, it was very hard to follow along
with. For the ladies expecting to see shirtless guys, you will
be disappointed. There were a lot of young adults at the advance
screening I went to. They seemed to enjoy the kissing scenes.
Therefore, I would recommend "The Host" for teenagers
and those in their 20's. I don't think anyone over 30 probably
will enjoy this film as much.