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The Host (2013)

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When an unseen enemy threatens mankind by taking over their bodies and erasing their memories, Melanie will risk everything to protect the people she cares most about, proving that love can conquer all in a dangerous new world.

Director:

Andrew Niccol

Writers:

Andrew Niccol (screenplay), Stephenie Meyer (novel)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Rachel Roberts ... Soul Fleur
Shyaam Karra ... Soul Anshu
Brent Wendell Williams Brent Wendell Williams ... Soul Winters
Jhil McEntyre Jhil McEntyre ... Soul Lake
Jalen Coleman Jalen Coleman ... Soul Nafisa
Saoirse Ronan ... Melanie Stryder / Wanda
Diane Kruger ... The Seeker / Lacey
Stephen Rider ... Seeker Reed
Jaylen Moore ... Seeker Song
Stephen Conroy ... Seeker Sands
Marcus Lyle Brown ... Healer Fords
Michael L. Parker ... Seeker Wolfe (as Michael Parker)
Phil Austin ... Seeker Waverley
Chandler Canterbury ... Jamie
J.D. Evermore ... Trevor Stryder
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Storyline

A race of non-corporeal, parasitic aliens who go from planet to planet looking for hosts have come to Earth and basically taken over the human race. It's believed that, once inside a body, all memories of the host human are gone. Some few free humans remain hidden from them, forming a resistance group. When an alien Seeker captures a girl named Melanie and puts a Wanderer in her body, she hopes to find out where the remaining humans are gathered, but Melanie, a strong fighter able to converse with the alien in her commandeered body, convinces the Wanderer to say nothing. Disappointed by the lack of progress (though suspecting an empathy for the human), the Seeker informs the Wanderer that she'll be removed and placed in a new host while she herself will enter Melanie. With human lives at risk, Melanie convinces Wanderer to run away and hide out with the humans, but finding them doesn't mean they'll allow an alien presence among them. Jared (Melanie's boyfriend) wants her dead, but Jeb... Written by rcs0411@yahoo.com / edited and revised by statmanjeff

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Love never dies. See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for some sensuality and violence | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA | Switzerland

Language:

English

Release Date:

29 March 2013 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Host See more »

Filming Locations:

New Orleans, Louisiana, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$40,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$10,600,112, 31 March 2013

Gross USA:

$26,627,201

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$63,327,201
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Although at first reported as such, this was actually not the last movie Roger Ebert reviewed before his death. As reported by Jim Emerson, the last review Ebert wrote was for Terrence Malick's film To the Wonder (2012). However, the review for The Host (2013) was the last review that was published before his death. See more »

Goofs

When crossing the desert on foot, Melanie tells Wanda to walk only on rocks so as to leave no tracks. The cave-dwellers, however, drive 7.5tonne Mercedes trucks in and out. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Jeb: The earth is at peace. There is no hunger. There is no violence. The environment is healed. Honesty, courtesy and kindness are practiced by all. Our world has never been more... perfect. Only, it is no longer our world. We've been invaded by an alien race. They occupy the bodies of almost all human beings on the planet. The few humans who have survived are on the run.
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Cat Howlin Ted
Written and Performed by Brett Andow
Courtesy of Shakin Dominoes Music (ASCAP)
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Director's weakest entry. Author's parallelism.
31 March 2013 | by trantor2ndSee all my reviews

Unlike most of the target audience, I checked this one out because of Andrew Niccol's grasp of SF in film. Gattaca, Truman Show, S1mOne, and the recent In Time ranged from noteworthy to transcendental. He could even do non-genre films like the Terminal. I have no idea what happened with this one, as he had both writing and directorial control. He could have improved upon Stephanie Meyer's book (which I haven't read) if the dialogue therein were as cheesy as some of those found in the movie. This young-adult female movie has basically the same love triangle as Twilight. The SF content is not new either. Neither were convincing in their execution. If Meyer ever writes a sequel and Niccol directed it, I'll wait for it on cable TV. Should've watched the popcorn movie G.I. Joe instead.


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