Rated: PG-13 for some sensuality and violence. Reviewed by: Dave Release date: March 29, 2013 Released by: Open Road Films
The Host never adds up to the sum of its parts. Beginning in the not to distant future where aliens have possessed most of mankind. They are on a mission of complete takeover. Think Invasion of the Body Snatchers with some underlying teenage angst.
The alien Seekers capture and convert human beings, erasing their previous memories when a new host takes over.
The multitalented (Saoirse Ronan) goes into schizophrenic mode throughout as both Melanie and Wanda. During her alien conversion into Wanda, Melanie has somehow retained her human memories. Most of her performance is a psychic dialogue between the two personalities. This becomes overbearing and pointless within the first half hour. Unfortunately, there's still another ninety minutes to go.
How do we identify an alien host? Glowing eyes, and neatly pressed suits. These are some of the sharpest dressed aliens in the entire galaxy.
Melanie / Wanda escapes and the Seeker (Diane Kruger) is on a mission to recapture her. At this point everything has devolved to the point where one doesn't care what happens.
William Hurt and Francis Fisher also make appearances which add nothing to the overall story line. The Host is fatally flawed from beginning to end. The entire film is as schizophrenic as its star.
Is it Sci-fi? Is it a love story? Don't know, don't care!
The Host does feature some beautiful futuristic automobiles however. It's just kinda' sad that the best parts of this film are the really cool cars the aliens are driving.