Video Film The Host, watch here Now The Host (2013) Action | Adventure | Romance - 29 March 2013 (USA) When an unseen enemy threatens mankind by taking over their bodies and erasing their memories, Melanie will risk everything to protect the people she cares most about, proving that love can conquer all in a dangerous new world. Director: Andrew Niccol Writers: Stephenie Meyer, Andrew Niccol Stars: Saoirse Ronan, Diane Kruger, William Hurt The release of his latest film sees him once again crafting lazy, simplistic sci-fi, this time adapting a novel by bestselling hack Stephenie Meyer, but in addition to being laughably bad, The Host may actually offer an answer to the question above. What happened to turn the man behind Gattaca and The Truman Show into a seemingly clueless boob who thinks shiny, silver cars and idealized talk about mankind’s value are enough to qualify a film as speculative fiction?
Having seen the movie the answer seems so obvious now. An intergalactic jellyfish slipped into a paper cut fifteen years ago, curled up around his brain stem, smothered his creativity, talent and curiosity and then turned his body into a fleshy, bipedal rental car. And Niccol’s been fighting to be heard from the back seat ever since.
In The Host, Melanie (Saoirse Ronan) is on the run from a grou p of alien-controlled post-humans led by the Seeker (Diane Kruger) whose anger over a recent Quidditch loss has her more than a little bit ornery. The girl jumps through a window choosing death over alien occupation of her head space, but the invaders heal her damaged body and insert a tentacled glowworm into her cranium anyway. The newly christened Wanderer (still Ronan) awakes in human female form, but it isn’t long before she begins hearing Melanie’s voice in her head protesting the new arrangement. Wanderer is tasked by the Seeker with dredging Melanie’s memories to help ferret out the remaining members of the human resistance, but those same memories also reveal to Wanderer the sensation of a human kiss and of reaching first base. Her allegiances begin to shift as she starts to see humans as the awesome beings they are, and she sets out to right the wrongs of her species one French kiss at a time. The remaining two thirds of the movie see more reflective cars, a complete lack of effort in regard to world-building, woefully inconsistent alien “tech,” a total disinterest in logic and the introduction of cave people representing the last vestiges of humanity. They include Melanie’s love interest Jared (Max Irons), Wanderer’s love interest Ian (Jake Abel), a grizzled William Hurt and a bunch of characters we never really meet but will be asked to mourn for soon enough.
There’s so little to compliment here, but it can be summed up with the honest recognition that it’s always nice to see Hurt and Kruger on the big screen.