The Host

Jays Rating:

After four novels and five Twilight movies, Stephenie Meyer wrote a new book that has also been made into a sci-fi romance film titled, The Host. Sometime in the near future aliens from the planet Soul come to Earth to supposedly bring peace. They take over the bodies of most of the people on earth destroying their memories. (Somehow this doesn’t sound too peaceful to me.) The body of a human named Melody (Salirse Ronan) is taken over by an alien named the Wonderer, later known as Wanda who attempts to override her personality. Melody learns to fight back and with the Wonderer actually trying to get along they can learn to share the host body. Melody knows of a group of rebels lead by her Uncle Jeb (William Hurt) whose bodies have not been taken over by the aliens and decides to find them. (I wonder if it is Melody or Wonderer who makes the decision) Chased by an alien called, The Seeker (Diane Kruger) Melody travels into the desert to join the freedom fighters. Here, Melody finds her boyfriend Jared (Max Irons) but the romance is complicated because Wanda begins to have feelings for Jared’s friend Ian (Jake Abel). (Yes, I know it sounds strange but it’s even worse when Melody slaps the guy for kissing her. Or Wanda. Or whatever.) I have to admit the acting was pretty good. In fact, the entire production wasn’t bad. The problem is that Stephenie Meyer isn’t a great writer so the dialogue is silly, the romantic concepts are ridiculous, and the pacing is just so slow. Actually, the invading aliens weren’t a bad idea even though it has been done several times in the past. The science fiction part of the film is interesting, but whenever there is a romantic scene everybody rolls their eyes. (I would have rolled mine but what’s the point.) If the plot had been given more thought the story wouldn’t slide backward every time it makes some positive ground. Most girls will enjoy this film but that’s about it. I’m giving give it a C- rating.

This movie has been given a PG13 rating by the MPAA

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