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Saturday, 6 April 2013

Movie Review: The Host (2013)

Alright, as usual another entry of  a movie review. ^_^ Thanks to Nuffnang for giving me a pair of The Host movie tix. It's a good movie anyways ;)

Language: English
Classification: P13
Running time: 124 minutes
Genre: Fantasy/ Science Fiction/Thriller
Release date (Malaysia) : 04 April 2013
Director: Andrew Niccol
Cast: Saoirse Ronan, Diane Kruger, Jake Abel

An alien invader inhabits a captured human in an attempt to locate the last surviving free humans on earth. In the future, the human race has been assimilated by benevolent extraterrestrial psychic parasites called "Souls". Melanie Stryder (Saoirse Ronan), a human, is captured by the Seeker (Diane Kruger) and infused with a soul called "Wanderer", in order to discover the location of one of the last pockets of non-assimilated humans. However, Melanie survives the procedure and begins to struggle for control of her body.

My Review
The beginning of the story shows Melanie being chased by the Seekers and she committed suicide by jumping out from the building. A "Soul" was then being inserted into her body by the Seeker and it's like two souls living in one body, which is Melanie herself and the alien soul called Wanderer. It's a bit boring and slow at the beginning in my opinion as most of the time it's about Melanie's rebellion towards Wander. Wander keep listening to Melanie's voice inside her all the time.

The character development is well created actually. As I said, at the beginning is all about Melanie, Wanda and the Seekers but then other characters came into the frame. Melanie's uncle, Jeb Stryder (William Hurt), her boyfriend Jared Howe (Max Irons), her brother Jamie Stryder (Chandler Cantebury) and a lot others. But of course conflict occurred as Melanie is not Melanie alone. Of course they thought Melanie is already dead and the one in the body is a total alien.

The best part in the movie of course because of those cute guys. Hehe =p . Melanie and Wanda is torn between the affections of two good looking guys. Like Sunshine Coast Daily said, one who loves her for her human mind trapped, the other for her alien counterpart. It does raise some interesting concept about the roll looks play in falling in love.

The actors play the role well and I think they are just suit for the characters they played.  The concept for the story mainly focused on love. It obviously shows that Melanie is really struggling to resist the alien invasion in her own head and risks everything in order to protect the loved ones.

It's a love story, a survival story and a sweet story. Kinda worth to watch in the cinema. ;) 

I would rate this movie with  3.8/5

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