Movie review: The Host skips the party altogether

April 1st, 2013 at 2:37 pm by under THRS Movie Reviews

Click HERE to watch the official trailer for THE HOST.

Official movie poster for The HostThe Host comes to us from Stephenie Meyer — author of the “amazing” “Twilight” books.  It’s the story of Earth under siege by an alien species (called souls) that takes over the bodies of humans.  Even though they have lived in harmony with  most other species whose planets they’ve inhabited, the species is apparently upset that we kill each other, and needs to stop it by hosting.

This is the story of one woman (Melanie)  who refuses to be hosted.  She fights back from inside of her own head (mostly through voice over conversation), forcing the soul species to pay attention to her.  She finally convinces the host to take her to her family for help.

Her Uncle Jeb (William Hurt) leads a group of humans in the desert who have managed to avoid being hosted.   He seems to know what is going on with Melanie, believes her, and tries to lead the group to change their thinking of the invaders.

Of course there’s the weirdest love story ever playing out here, it’s between Wanda (the soul species in control of the body) and her love interest Ian (Jake Abel) along with Melanie (the human species fighting to survive in the suppressed areas of her own mind) and her love interest Jared (Max Irons).  She was in love with him before hosting.  It’s very strange because Wanda and Melanie (Saoirse Ronan) are fighting each other on their urges for the other one’s love.

Of course there are the Seekers trying to find Wanda… And some alien fighting and dying, and saving of earth.

This is certainly one of the worst films I’ve ever seen.  The acting is below sub par, except from Hurt. There is an interesting concept of storyline but execution was far from effective.  It frequently felt like a Saturday Night Live kind of skit that I was struggling to find the humor in, especially in scenes where Melanie is talking to Wanda inside her own head via voice over.  It really was laughable at times.

What made it all even worse was the melodramatic music throughout the film.  It was disastrous.  There was no real passion and no intensity among the acting. If this was supposed to be the second coming of a Team Jacob – Team Edward kind of thing, it fell far short of even that.  I’m not a fan of the Twilight movies and this doesn’t even come close to the love story of that series.  The passion of the relationships wasn’t there, and there weren’t enough scenes between the stars to create any on camera chemistry.

I can honestly say that the best thing about the film for me was at the end — when Radioactive by Imagine Dragons plays under the credits.  Love that song.

One cookie out of five.  (A first for me: One.  Just one.)

Rated PG-13 for some sensuality and violence

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