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"The Host"

Sci-Fi/Fantasy, Adaptation, Romance. Rated PG-13. 2 hours, 5 minutes.

Photo by Open Road Films

Saoirse Ronan and Jake Abel in Open Road Film's "The Host" - 2013

 

by Jason Rzucidlo
americajr@americajr.com

 

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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 were nearby.

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 Stryder).

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.

OVERALL RATING: B-

 

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"The Host" movie poster

 

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