Excerpt: Stephenie Meyer, author of the popular Twilight books, switches gears from vampires to parasitic aliens in this new series. The overwhelming success of the Twilight and Hunger Games films has spawned this new genre of super-gifted, super-hot teenagers in super-dangerous situations. The Host tries to catch similar lightning in a bottle with the casting of Saorise Ronan as Melanie but doesn’t achieve the same dynamic resonance as Kristen Stewart and Jennifer Lawrence did...
Excerpt: "A creature plunges from the Han River Bridge into the river emerging on its shores for a feeding frenzy upon onlookers. When a young girl is snatched in the melee, her family set off to recover her from the monster that the government claims to be a host of an unidentified virus.
Excerpt: The earth has been invaded by aliens who inhabit the bodies of humans, but one young woman named Melanie Stryder (Saoirse Ronan) is going to fight back and while an alien named Wanderer takes control of her body, she escapes from the aliens to return to her younger brother Jamie (Chandler Canterbury) and boyfriend Jared (Max Irons) who are now living in a large cavern with the human revolution.
Excerpt: A giant monster movie only by nature, "The Host" is filled with such a tremendous amount of heart and humor that it rises above its genre roots to be a truly unforgettable moviegoing experience.
Excerpt: It's the future, and the aliens have already won. Extraterrestrial parasites known as "souls" have taken over human bodies—pod people style—and turned the Earth into a utopia with no violence, no hunger, and no disease. When a rouge human named Melanie (Saoirse Ronan, The Lovely Bones ) is captured and implanted with a new "soul," the fight for survival turns inward, as Melanie and her new inhabitant—named "Wanderer"—battle for control over her body.
Conclusion: I am still not sure what The Host was designed to be. Was it a follow-up to Stephanie Meyer's money-making series designed to carve a niche into the sci-fi world? Was it a romance? Was it supposed to send some sort of message on the inner conflicts of life? Whatever it was, it was certainly not any of those, as it was two hours of bland drama masquerading as storytelling.
Conclusion: Excruciatingly dull, hilariously maudlin, and quite frankly, idiotic, Andrew Niccol's 'The Host,' an adaptation of the popular Stephenie Meyer book, is a laughable dud that frustrates the imagination more than it inspires an intellectual discussion, with a nonsensical and preposterous plot about overtly courteous alien invaders.
Excerpt: Let this be acknowledged, for anyone trying to make a serious science-fiction movie where the lead is a fragile but gutsy teenager who constantly argues, in voiceover, with the alien invader piloting her body around: Few young actors are better equipped for the role than Saoirse Ronan. The uncannily grave, precocious star of Atonement , The Lovely Bones , and Hanna has brought a native sincerity and depth to her work since her earliest roles.