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The Host

The Host

2013
Romance
Sci-fi
2h 5m
A parasitic alien soul is injected into the body of Melanie Stryder. Instead of carrying out her race's mission of taking over the Earth, "Wanda" (as she comes to be called) forms a bond with her host and sets out to aid other free humans. (imdb)
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The Host

2013
Romance
Sci-fi
2h 5m
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Rated 29 Mar 2013
30
17th
The Host is abysmal and an absolute waste of talent, time and money. Maybe it will appeal to some people, but from where I'm sitting, there's hardly a single good thing about it, save for a few laughs -- both of the intentional and unintentional variety. It's a dull, overlong, poorly scripted mess of a movie, and I can't recommend it to anyone.
Rated 22 Apr 2013
35
3rd
sci-fi version of Twilight; manipulative space slut seducing a bunch of cavemen
Rated 06 Apr 2013
23
2nd
This is like Niccol pretending to be Bill Condon, trying to articulate a nonviolent, love-will-prevail post-apocalyptic sci-fi, a coming of age comedy -- the spiritual voiceover is there for comic purposes only -- and a romance of four teens. Well, none of these attempts work, because the actors are just pretty lousy -- Ronan struggles, as she did in Lovely bones -- and Meyer's material manages to be even worse than Twilight.
Rated 20 Jan 2019
35
24th
Saoirse Ronan prominently featured is the highlight of this movie. The alien voice from inside her was not a great plot device. The special effects were unimpressive. The biggest problem was the events did not match the high drama attached to them. Barely worth watching and entirely forgettable.
Rated 02 Apr 2013
57
9th
A fine enough concept, ruined by hokey dialogue and weak acting. Disappointing.
Rated 04 Jul 2013
25
4th
Any potential the ideas in the film have is wasted. Instead, it focuses on a weak, unconvincing and bullshit love story. I didn't expect much from a story by Meyer, but it fails in all other areas too. The direction, the pacing, and the editing are all terrible. A lot of the actors are bad. Attempts at action don't work. The voiceover character might be fine in the book, but it's downright laughable here. It's a lame, boring movie, and a step backwards for female-lead science fiction.
Rated 25 Jan 2014
1
4th
As a way to yet again justify her protagonist falling in love with two boys, Stephanie Meyer has given her star one body and two minds, so that the love triangle becomes even more hilarious and dumb - now, in total, it's three bodies and FOUR minds. Brilliant. The inner monologue between Wanda and Melanie is hilarious, especially when they're arguing about boys, and whether or not to kiss them. Bella...Edward...I miss you...
Rated 24 Jul 2014
32
9th
Niccol, who is normally at least a solid writer, really lays a turd here. Boring melodramatic teeny bopper shit.
Rated 24 May 2013
1
1st
A boring, unimaginative, and sappy mess with grating pacing and even more grating performances.
Rated 30 Mar 2013
60
25th
The inevitable Twilight comparisons, as I said my Beautiful Creatures review, all come out in this flick's favor. I absolutely adore Saoirse Ronan, and William Hurt's character Jeb is a fuckin' boss. I also generally enjoy this type of alien invasion flick vs. the "shoot, BANGBANGBANG" style. But the movie isn't without its problems - the male lead(s) are completely interchangeable, the romances feel forced (can be explained away as heat-of-the-moment, but still) and the dialogue is unbalanced.
Rated 25 Jul 2013
14
2nd
Dear Andrew Niccol: please try to make a movie.
Rated 25 Jan 2014
0
3rd
Stephenie Meyer was so pissed that Bella couldn't end up with both Edward and Jacob that she rectified this by writing another story about a devout Mormon girl wanting to fuck two dudes and gave her two souls in one body. Everybody's a winner!
Rated 30 Mar 2013
0
4th
The Host is one of the worst films I have ever seen. Can't believe Niccol adapted this turd himself; I could have achieved better results by taking a shit on the bathroom floor. The story is so bad I would almost suspect Meyer of doing it intentially to make Twilight look less awful. Every line of dialog is cringeworthy and the voiceover is a crime against humanity. Watch this if you want to lose the will to live.
Rated 27 Apr 2013
25
0th
It is just a terrible film, right from the ill-paced opening action scene to the terrible script that featured corny teenage dialogue. The Host never really stood a chance, the source material was terrible, the themes were horribly executed and the dialogue was simply atrocious. One of the worst movies I have seen in a long time, there is absolutely nothing redeeming about this teenage alien love story. Skip this one unless you want a few unintentional laughs. It's at least good for that.
Rated 07 Apr 2013
40
1st
Unintentionally hilarious.
Rated 14 Apr 2013
0
0th
Spastic-tier. I might even go as far to say that this might be the worst film I've ever seen.
Rated 27 Apr 2013
45
13th
Fluffy but entertaining; Ronan leads a pretty great cast, surprisingly.
Rated 03 Jun 2013
40
19th
Honestly, the bad ending killed this movie, not the fact that it was Stephanie Meyer.
Rated 30 Jun 2013
2
1st
Cheap and boring teenage scifi. Not my cup of tea at all.
Rated 26 May 2013
50
7th
The movie simplifies many beautiful details from the book. Without having read the book it may appear too dry to the normal audience... The book was great though.
Rated 01 Jul 2013
70
64th
Interesting premise. Felt like slomo at times.
Rated 13 Jul 2013
60
15th
So, Stephenie Meyer has a dream. A dream in which all young ladies are in love with two men. Conflicted. One dark and brooding, one handsome and headstrong. Oh man, get some new material. The Host really was Twilight with aliens and I can honestly say that Meyer has ruined Aliens and Vampires for me. There was a lot of talent in this movie but the poor script overshadowed it all. I feel really bad for Hurt, Kruger and Ronan. Browning had the right idea and just did a cameo. Bad movie.
Rated 02 Feb 2014
70
10th
Unless you are a girl of 14, how can you possibly love anything the Stephanie Meyer's name on it. Very lazy movie. Any movie I actually watch all the way through I don't give lower than a 70 so that is why the grade.
Rated 02 Aug 2014
10
4th
Oh great, another Meyer movie! Not only is the premise completely stupid{LOL PACIFIST ALIENS CONQUERED THE WORLD!!!!} but the writing, directing, art style, etc are all fucking awful. As expected of Meyer she has a very shallow perception of what love is so we get plenty of scenes where our young female protagonist makes out with many very attractive young men! I don't think anyone came to see the movie for its artistic worth but why would they need to? Not like that sells in Hollywood.
Rated 14 Jun 2014
62
17th
They did a good job assuring it stays true to the novel. Amazing effects. Although there was a scene depicted on the book that was completely cut off from the movie, i would've loved to see it on film but I understand why they didn't show it. oh well. Still a good movie.
Rated 05 Sep 2013
70
39th
Guys did we watch the same movie
Rated 16 Oct 2015
1
20th
That bad adaptation kind of stilted and choppy with an espescially goofy, 'muh monogamy' romantic conflict. Dialogue made even worse by the bizare constriant of not being able to talk for the other girl -may have worked in the book though. [Fbzr inthryl Zbezba, Vxrn-Fbpvnyvfg nyvraf trg orngra ol -inthryl Nzvfu naq znpub- 'cebcre' Zhevpnaf. Njshy gnpxrq-ba raqvat.] Perhaps my soft-spot for bodysnatching is stopping me hating it.
Rated 15 Oct 2014
5
3rd
As if a Twilight-esque sci-fi teen romance isn't annoying enough in itself - further overdub an excruciating monologue of an airhead alien and her teenage host squabbling over which boy they prefer...
Rated 20 Apr 2013
3
9th
Shit, but not the worst thing I've ever seen. Please stop over reacting. If this had nothing to do with Stephenie Meyer, no one would give two shites about it.
Rated 29 Jun 2013
50
16th
Half as bad as I expected. Some shitty acting, "love saves all" cliche plot, but watchable and even enjoyable at some parts, if you learn how to turn a blind eye sometimes.
Rated 14 Nov 2013
70
29th
A solid film, well paced, beautifully shot, and great acting, especially by Saoirse Ronan. The premise is interesting, but the plot is lightweight and focuses primarily on the teenage relationships, which is understandable considering the source material and target audience. It also bothered me that firearms didn't seem to have any effect on vehicles.
Rated 08 Nov 2014
26
13th
I don't think I've ever seen a sci-fi chick flick before this... Have to admit it's shot beautifully... maybe the solution is to just watch it with the sound turned down.
Rated 30 Jan 2015
61
25th
I didn't hate it, and it's better than Twilight. The Host has a promising start until 5 minutes in, and the most irritating voice-over begins. It does get better, or at least less notable, when presented with the asinine teenage love triangle that is the essence of all things Meyer. However, there are a few genuinely, albeit mildly, funny moments; and William Hurt does well as a discount Jeff Bridges. The sets, locations, colour palette and overall production values do help as well.
Rated 18 Jun 2013
2
4th
Horrifying. Awful. Hurts my soul.
Rated 26 May 2014
86
39th
Could have been way better! This is based on Stephenie Meyers book "The Host". Meyers is the author of the "Twilight" saga which I was a huge fan of. There will be a second movie even though they fell short with this one.
Rated 13 Sep 2022
20
10th
cringe tbh
Rated 19 Jan 2014
72
59th
Interesting premise. The execution is sometimes flimsy, the writing isn't always up to par -there were some things that don't seem to make a whole lot of sense and the dialog could have been better-, however I still thought this was a fairly enjoyable and interesting film. Maybe it focuses on teenage romance a bit too much, but there is actually a fairly decent sci-fi film/story to be found and some scenes are really good. Soundtrack fits nicely and a good performance by Saorise Ronan.
Rated 16 Dec 2017
30
9th
ger; [seelen; the host]; die erde wird von ausserirdischen übernommen, indem jedem menschen ein alien eingepflanzt wird, ist die erde übernommen - doch ein mensch hat bei der symbiose noch wetwas zu sagen.; (gutes setting der story, aber schlimme innere deutsche dialoge); {nicht vollständig gesehen};
Rated 17 Jul 2013
30
15th
It's poorly written, unjustifiably melodramatic, teenage fictiony, feels like a tv movie at times. Niccol should get a grip and choose better projects.
Rated 26 Oct 2013
1
0th
I didn't enjoy this at all! I was bored stupid and ready to walk out of the cinema.
Rated 07 Sep 2013
20
1st
Watched the first hour then switched off. Not necessarily a bad film.........who am I kidding, yes it was. Leave well alone.
Rated 11 Oct 2014
35
2nd
Quite enjoyed the book even though it was too girly and far too slow moving, and I was hoping the film would cut out the slow parts and compress it into something enjoyable. Sadly not. Shiny shiny cars and motorcycles, though.
Rated 12 May 2013
60
30th
Commits the crime of having some very good ideas but being really tedious. I'm sure many of the ratings here are Twilight backlash but I didn't click on the source until after so I'm a bit more fair. Could have been interesting, manages not to be for the most part. Even the IMDB trivia is just casting nonsense and that doesn't happen often with sci-fi movies
Rated 20 Jun 2020
45
16th
This movie is multilayer bad - the story is slow and predictable, acting looks "forced" and the film is plain boring.
Rated 15 Jul 2013
15
9th
Total chick flick. Twilight with aliens.
Rated 26 Mar 2015
50
35th
Decent Sci Fi.
Rated 08 Nov 2014
80
63rd
It's not very well acted, the dialogue are sometimes really irritating (as it was in the book btw). But the idea is so cool !
Rated 01 Feb 2014
70
77th
Entertainment: 3.5/4. Spirituality: 2/3. Sustainability: 1.5/3.
Rated 20 Nov 2013
28
5th
Andrew Niccol's direction and trademark spartan visual style give this movie some slickness, and Saoirse Ronan tries quite hard to breathe life into a terrible dual role, but the film still eventually crumbles under the weight of the awful source material. Why is the love triangle front and center when it doesn't provide any real conflict? Why does every scene feel like it's trying to be a climactic one?
Rated 10 Aug 2018
15
9th
bad movie
Rated 11 Nov 2013
40
12th
The fact that this film have heart, and it actually really does, cant disguise the plotholes, the bad editing, the sometimes downright silly character arcs, and the extremely underwhelming action sequences (if you can call three cuts and a tilt a sequence).. Saoirse Ronan keeps this from succumbing to pure sci-fi trash.
Rated 30 Mar 2014
20
9th
I love Saoirse Ronan dearly but even she couldn't save the forced/predictable love triangle-thingy. Seeing it is a book by Stephenie Meyer I was rather surprised by the cool idea that's behind the whole movie tho.
Rated 24 Apr 2013
40
13th
Tempête dans un cerveau
Rated 24 Aug 2013
5
0th
A sappy pre-teen drama with "aliens". Once the film starts, you are bombarded with a over-dramatic "possession" and some really tear-jerking music. The acting and voice-over is absolutely horrendous coming from Saoirse Ronan. The Host is obviously targeting pre-teen audiences, so please stay away if you don't fit that audience.
Rated 22 Dec 2013
30
7th
3- not worth your time, not good
Rated 26 May 2013
65
47th
It's not as bad as many people say!
Rated 08 May 2013
92
76th
1127: wow! a good low budget Sci-Fi!
Rated 12 Apr 2014
65
16th
I don't understand the severe hate flung at this film. Sure, it's not "good" - but most of what's bad comes from padding the length, and its overall tepidness. The story itself is about as good as a mediocre Star Trek episode, which could be told in 40 minutes, instead of 120. And Saoirse Ronan's kind eyes could probably carry any material. Not a complete waste of time - just like half a waste of time.
Rated 17 Aug 2014
60
17th
I was drunk. Very drunk. But I genuinely liked it, as opposed to all other teenage post-apocalyptic nonsense that roams the cinematic playing field these days. Don't ask me why, though. I was just very, very drunk. (PSI =16)
Rated 15 Sep 2015
17
3rd
Phew, what a stinker. I initially liked the sci-fi premise and set-up, and Ronan has a fairly compelling screen presence, but it seemed to veer off into pointless and clumsily-handled romance that just annoyed and confused me. I'm sure I was pulling a face like I was smelling a turd for most of this. There was a decent story and film somewhere in here, but it didn't make it to the screen.
Rated 11 Feb 2015
51
33rd
not a stunning film, but then again it's not a total crap movie either like some critics make of it. I didn't know it was a movie made out of a book by Stephanie Meyer. I'm glad I didn't know, because I think the whole "Twilight"-stuff is rubbish and otherwise I probably wouldn't have watched this movie. Prejudices are sometimes a bad thing. http://opinion-as-a-moviefreak.blogspot.be/2013/08/the-host-2013.html
Rated 04 Dec 2013
20
3rd
duuuuuuuuuuuh
Rated 14 Dec 2014
40
10th
trash movie for a trash day

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