Format: Movie, Media
Earth has been colonized by the Souls, an alien race that wipes out the minds of humans and turns their bodies into hosts for interstellar travelers. Most of mankind has been eradicated, but some, like Melanie (Saoirse Ronan) and her family, have survived and are hiding. Melanie is captured by a Seeker and has a Soul named Wanderer implanted in her body, but she refuses to relinquish control. When Wanderer betrays her people to save Melanie, the Seeker sets out in relentless pursuit.
Disclosure: Vaishali has not read the book and saw the movie through fresh eyes.
Before you consider changing your mind about the movie with this review, you probably deserve to know that the expectations I had of this movie were extremely low. Like I-wouldn’t-see-this-if-somebody-paid-me-to low. Thus, I wasn’t that disappointed. The concept of an alien invasion and the planet being fixed could have been brought out much better, and with how slow pace of the movie was, it’s a miracle I didn’t just doze off sometime before the intermission.
Let’s start with the romance. For those of you who’ve seen the disaster that was Twilight: Remember those oh-so-intense scenes of vampires confessing their love for mortals and vice versa? Yes, the ones with no real expressions to even remotely uphold the dramatic lines at all? Yeah, you’ll find a lot of those in The Host. There are so many kisses involving varying combinations between the two male leads and Melanie and the Soul occupying her body, you lose count. The worst part was that almost every romantic scene has been backed by overly dramatic effects that there is no room for anticipation. With every passing kiss, you’re thinking “Oh, another one? I can totally feel butterflies in my stomach. Not.” It was very… Stephenie Meyer.
If the movie had a better screenplay and a faster pace, I might have actually liked it. The concept of an alien invasion with a few having ulterior motives could have been brought out much, much better. There are so many possibilities that can be explored when an alien soul and the original person are present in the same body, but they haven’t been delved into it satisfactorily. Only a few characters are worth rooting for.
In the end, I felt that the book must have been better. Judging from the overall direction (or from my prejudice of teen movies with no real plot points to move the story forward apart from romance), The Host isn’t a movie I’d recommend.
Only go for The Host if you’re meeting a dear friend who you haven’t spent time with for a long while and this is your only option. Preferably, sit next to somebody who is as uninterested in it as you. These wise words come from personal experience, friend.
Final Rating: 1.5 STARS