Before the Movie:
As a movie enthusiast, I made a big mistake. I immediately judged this film based on Twilight. If you have no clue why I say that, it’s because the author of Twilight is the same for The Host; Stephanie Meyer.
When it comes to the Twilight series, I’m …I guess what you could say at a “crossroads.” I rather enjoyed the films (haven’t read the novels yet and I’m not too sure if I will) for the exception of the love triangle which got me extremely annoyed, like, “Bro, PICK ONE!”, Kristen Stewart’s lack of acting, and the fact that Jacob falls in love with her baby, her egg, the baby’s spirit before actually meeting her. That’s just…weird. I know age doesn’t matter, but I think the girl should be able to choose who she loves AFTER she’s born. No? Hmm..maybe that’s just me.
Anyway, when I found out Meyer wrote another novel, The Host, I wasn’t interested. When I heard they were making a movie, I merely ignored it. Last night, due to boredom, my sister and I were scrolling through Netflix when we stumbled upon this movie. I didn’t want to see it, but she did, so I said, “eh, why not.” I wasn’t sure what to expect, but I’m sure glad it wasn’t like Twilight. I think this had a much better concept than Twilight.
Aliens are traveling to planets, one at a time, gradually taking over. This time, they’ve reached Earth. Parasitic aliens souls are injected to humans since they are unable to survive in their life form. Melanie Strider (Saoirse Ronan) falls victim to this event. The Seeker (Diane Kruger) welcomes Melanie in her new form, however she is no longer Melanie, but referred to as Wanderer, a.k.a. Wanda. Wanda realizes that even though she is in another persons body, Melanie’s mind still lingers and she can hear her thoughts, still see her memories.
The Seeker requests Wanda to dive into Melanie’s thoughts, her memories, to locate the remaining humans. Even though this might seem like a simple task, Melanie fights back. If Wanda reveals their location, they will find her family, and kill them.
It is then when Wanda and Melanie form a bond; to save the humans. Before Melanie became Wanda, she left leaving her brother a promise, that she would return to him and her true love, Jared (Max Irons).
Wanda and her host, Melanie, head out to the desert in search of her family. Thankfully she is rescued, but there’s a problem, they don’t see Melanie, they see Wanda. She looks exactly like Mel, but her eyes are now a piercing fluorescent blue; a characteristic of the aliens.
Her family cautiously welcomes her back because now that she has escaped, The Seekers will set out to find her. Her family keeps her hidden in the desert mountains, allowing her to assist with their survival. Then suddenly, and rather rapidly, another situation evolves, Mel wants to be with Jared, while Wanda is falling for Kyle (Jake Abel). How is it possible? How can Mel be with the one she truly loves while Wanda’s wants to be with Kyle? How can Wanda tell everyone that Mel is still alive? Her thoughts and memories still live? Will they believe her especially since they only see Wanda? Will The Seekers find her, and kill them all? Who will win this war?
After the movie…
First off, I felt guilty for associating this film with Twilight. I’M SORRY STEPHANIE MEYERS! I actually really enjoyed this film. The concept was really good! I prefer this over sparkly vampires any day. ANY. DAY. Unless it has Taylor Lautner shirtless, then I’ll reconsider. BUT UNTIL THEN! I wouldn’t consider this film on my “Go To” list. But if they weren’t showing anything else, I’d watch it again. Eh, why not.
It took quite a while to get to the “good” parts in the film. My sister and I ALMOST turned it off about 30 minutes into the movie but we just kept it playing.
What made the movie was the love triangle.
That I didn’t like.
Is it similar to Twilight? Why, yes. Yes, it is.
- The love triangle. If there’s one way to frustrate me, it’s by incorporating a love triangle. And it’s almost always the GIRL who can’t pick ONE handsome hunk. Do you know how bad that makes us women look? I mean, I know 99.9% are indecisive, but damn! It doesn’t need to be on film! Just a thought.
- An ongoing war. In THIS film, its a war on aliens taking over the world. Cliche. Trying to survive blah blah blah.
How is it different? It’s aliens. Not werewolves, or sun blinding vampires.
1-5…like a 3.5. I liked it, but I didn’t love it. I was totally rooting for Kyle!
If you LOVED Twilight, you’ll like this movie. Guaranteed.
If you have Netflix check out this movie and let me know what YOU think about it!