So a few weeks ago, the other site I am affiliated with SandwichJohnFilms gave me an amazing opportunity to screen The Host and also interview Max Iron’s and Jake Abel. Here is the review that I wrote for them and WARNING…. it DOES contain spoilers…. SO read on at your own risk!!!
The Host opens Friday March 29th, 2013
I wasn’t quite sure what to expect when I had the opportunity to screenTHE HOST a couple weeks ago in San Francisco. Being that I was a huge ‘Twilight’ fan, when I heard that Stephenie Meyer wrote another book that was an “adult” book a few years ago, I immediately had to check it out. I’m going to confess here that I didn’t finish it. I wasn’t a fan. I just couldn’t get into it. I’m not a HUGE sci-fi fan to begin with unless you count Star Wars which I don’t since I was raised with two older brothers. I mean who doesn’t like Star Wars. So that being said… I eventually returned the copy I borrowed from a friend unfinished and moved on with my life.
Fast Forward to Comic Con last July, I got to see the exclusive 8 minute trailer introduced by miss Stephenie Meyer herself during the ‘Breaking Dawn Pt 2‘ panel… Meh… Not Impressed.(CueGrumpy Cat)
Again, moved on with my life although I was quite intrigued with the cast they acquired. Then a month ago John came to me with the opportunity to screen the movie and interview Max Irons and Jake Abel who play the two main male lead roles in the film. Done. In. Who wouldn’t be right? I immediately downloaded the book on my nook again and tried to read it. Real Life got in the way and I wasn’t able to finish before I saw the movie but honestly I am kind of glad that I didn’t.
I am such a huge reader and so many times I am disappointed with the book to movie adaption.(aka Beautiful Creatures) So for once it was actually really nice to go into this movie not having read the book first. I knew the general story line so I wasn’t too terribly confused with the plot. I brought a friend with me who also hadn’t read the book.
Warning before you read on…. There might be Spoilers!!
THE HOST is technically “sci fi” and “alien invasion” but it’s not your typical Alien story. It takes place after the invasion, which was a sort of peaceful invasion. The aliens which are referred to as souls inhibit human bodies and take possession of their mind, body, spirit. All for the common goal of reclaiming the world for the betterment of humanity. The “aliens” fit in the palm of your hand and are really a bright light with tentacles almost. Not exactly the gross alien I was picturing. Only a few humans have escaped possession, by hiding out in remote areas. Melanie Stryder (Saoirse Ronan) is one of the humans that is on the run with her brother, Jamie (Chandler Canterbury) and boyfriend Jared (Max Irons). Melanie is cornered in an abandoned hotel and tries to sacrifice her life to protect the ones she loves, however she does not die and is implanted by a millennium old soul (alien) named Wanderer.
Seeker (Diane Kruger) then tries to have Wanderer access Melanie’s memories to rat out the location of other humans in hiding, in search of the “resistance”, however Melanie’s voice starts a sort of “tug of war” with Wanderer for control over Melanie’s body. Melanie convinces Wanderer to escape, and drives out to the desert in search of Melanie’s family. She trenches through the desert and nearly dies of dehydration when Melanie’s Uncle Jeb (William Hurt) finds her. It is very quickly realized that humans do not realize that a human can remain alive once a soul has been inserted into a body. This is one of my favorite parts of the movie which totally catches me off guard. Wanderer/Melanie is reunited with Jared and it’s fantastic I don’t want to spoil it for those who haven’t read the book like me because the shock factor was great!
I have to say that the story that follows is quite moving! I was pleasantly surprised! While there were things that I found very predictable and totally “Stephenie Meyer” cheesy, I was greatly surprised with how adult the story was compared to ‘Twilight‘. There are amazing themes of love, friendship, family, loyalty, and humanity that really cause you to think. The love story is actually quite interesting and fascinating. It isn’t a triangle, but more of a box, as I heard one of the actors Jake Abel say in an interview, because SPOILER ALERT, Continue reading