Release Date: 4 April 2013
Running Time: 125 min
Director: Andrew Niccol
Cast: Saoirse Ronan, Max Irons, Jake Abel
Adapted from Stephanie Meyer’s novel, The Host tells the story of an alien race called “Souls” who’ve taken over the bodies of humans. A human named Melanie Stryder (Saoirse Ronan) is captured and the soul named Wanderer takes over her body. However, Melanie’s conscious still remains in the body, and both Wanderer and Melanie are constantly in a struggle to control the body.
Wanderer and Melanie form an alliance to help find Melanie’s little brother, Jamie and her boyfriend, Jared. After a car accident and wandering through the desert, they were saved by Melanie’s uncle, Jeb, who lives in a series of underground caves with the remaining humans. They soon discover that Jared and Jamie are living there too. Sadly, Wanderer and Melanie are given the cold shoulder, and while Jared lives in sadness over the fact that Melanie is no longer who she is, one of the guys living in the cave, Ian begins to fall in love with Wanderer.
As we bid farewell to the sparkling vampires of Twilight, Stephanie Meyers takes over the literary-film industry by wowing teens with another story about teen love and the supernatural.
The Host is pretty decent story all-together. We’ve obviously taken a break from aliens being eight-legged, slime-covered creatures, to little shiny bulbs that take over the body of everyday humans. So, much like The Invasion of the Body Snatchers, if you any of you remember that film.
In true Stephanie Meyer fashion, one of the most heart-wrenching part of the story is this awkward love triangle that forms between Jared, Ian and Wanderer/Melanie. It all pays off in the end, but you’ll have to watch it to really see what happens!
With regards to the casting, a lot of us agreed that the cast was pretty top notch. On top of the eye candy, watching the return Saoirse Ronan is possibly one of the most attractive thing about the film, but watching them both Wanderer and Melanie battle for control over their body was quite hard to watch. The Host carries some resemblance with the Twilight Saga – teen love, the supernatural, a heroine, and a love triangle. As for a spoiler, let’s just say it all plays out quite well. All in all, it’s definitely a movie to watch if you’re big on adventure and romance.
Catch the trailer here: