The Host (2013)

The Host (2013)

The Host (2013)

Romantic, sci-fi thriller adapted from the novel by Twilight author Stephenie Meyer, starring Saoirse Ronan and directed by Andrew Niccol (Gattaca). The world has been taken over by parasitic, but peace-loving, invisible aliens called Souls. Humans become hosts for these invaders, their minds taken over while their bodies remain intact. While most of humanity has succumbed, Melanie (Ronan) - host of an experienced Soul named Wanderer - resists. 

2013Rating: M, contains violence125 minsUSA
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The Host (2013) / Reviews

Flicks, Team

Flicks, Team

Come back Bella and Edward - all is forgiven. Yes, anyone who thought the Twilight quintology represented a low-tide mark in 21st century cinematic storytelling (and let’s be honest, Eclipse was pretty awful), prepare to be shocked by this empty-headed sci-fi shocker.

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Variety

Variety

Extravagantly silly but undeniably entertaining sci-fi soap opera.

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Time Out

Time Out

An "Invasion of the Body Snatchers" retread told from a postoccupation vantage point, this adaptation of Stephenie Meyer’s YA romance novel unfolds in a dystopian future when alien parasites have nearly won the battle for Earth.

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Roger Ebert

Roger Ebert

The Host is top-heavy with profound, sonorous conversations, all tending to sound like farewells. The movie is so consistently pitched at the same note, indeed, that the structure robs it of possibilities for dramatic tension.

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Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

There's something about novelist Stephenie Meyer that induces formerly interesting directors to suddenly make films that are slow, silly and soporific.

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Entertainment Weekly

Entertainment Weekly

It's really a dramatic sinkhole.

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Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

Though it trips over ridiculous, earnest romantic scenes – which will provoke callous giggles – and has a plot which collapses during the many slow spots when you have time to think about it, The Host isn’t completely dreadful.

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