The Host (Non-April Fools version)

The Host

My apologies to everyone for yesterday’s review, especially to those who were happy to finally come across a favorable take on it, but I was, indeed, having a bit of April Fools’ Day fun. :D

I do NOT think the Host is a B+. It was slow, sappy, and not nearly as sharp as it needed to be in order to support its moral and ethical underpinnings. :(

As mentioned yesterday, “The Host” does tell the tale of Earth, after an invasion of parasitic organisms. A girl who tried to commit suicide in order to evade implantation and protect the location of an enclave of humans does get captured, implanted with a parasite, escapes, and reunites with the resistance camp. There, fights and debates break out as to how to deal with an inflicted human. A love triangle is thrown into the mix, and the escaped girl is hunted by the “Souls”, endangering the camp.

While this movie WAS better than any of the Twilight films, in my opinion, it still wasn’t a good movie. It’s very slow (I don’t think there are any “action scenes”), it suffers from tween scripting and teen acting, and best of all, it features a disembodied voice that represents the consciousness of the implanted girl, trapped within herself. So when she (controlled by the “Soul”) say… kisses a boy, you’ll hear “No! What are you doing!” without anyone speaking. It’s a laughable technique. I’m sure it works much better on the page than it did onscreen.

All told, “The Host” is slow, and relatively dull. It’s filled with ruminations on ethics that it’s not well written enough to carry out effectively. The result comes across as tripe.

Again, my apologies for playing games yesterday, but the grade I would honestly give this movie is a

D

41 thoughts on “The Host (Non-April Fools version)

  1. Nice one Fogs!! I was thinking it might be April Fools, but since you carried it through the comments and gave it a B+ instead of an A+ or A++ I was thinking you were serious after all! I will AVOID this in the future then! Ha ha! That was great.

    • Yeah, I even thought an A- would be unbelieveable. LOL. B+ was the sweet spot. :D

      And yeah, had to carry it through the comments! :D Had to back up my own bullshit! LOL

      Thanks for taking it well Hunter ;) Sorry again.

  2. Great review brotha. The love triangle isn’t the only thing wrong with the movie. The characters are also just these boring people that I didn’t care for at all. You got me yesterday, but I knew you’d fall through and let us know the truth.

    • Heh. Yeah, sorry about that! ;)

      The characters were all pretty dull, weren’t they? And for a group of people being hunted they were all pretty calm, too!

      And then half of the aliens were like “Why are we even hunting the last humans? So few are left, why dont we just let them die out” And I was thinking… Uhhhh, yeah, why dont you? LOL

      Silly flick. :(

  3. Too bad, I was actually kind of intrigued by the idea of quasi-benevolant sentient parasites. Maybe someone someday will make a movie based off of a good book that deals with the subject.

    • They probably will, too. The movie didnt open well. I mean, stranger things have happened… but I dont see a sequel happening with that kind of reception.

      Which is a good thing, in the long run.

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    • Well, I’m glad you saw I was joking at least, Elena. I felt bad leading you on yesterday, especially as you’re new round here (commenting at least) But at least now you wont be rushing out to the theatre or anything based on my phony opinion. LOL

  5. Noooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo, damn you Fogs, damn you to hell! Smart Scifi in 2013 has to wait for someone else LOL!

    • LOL! You sound as if you’ve SEEN it! :D That’s exactly what it was like. Not for me of course, but the movie. ;)

      It actually made the movie more enjoyable for me, because I wound up looking for ways to “sell it”. Which was much more entertaining than the actual film!

  6. I thought it was strange when I saw it had a 36 on Metacritic.

    Nice april fool’s joke and good review. I won’t be seeing this one, that’s for sure.

  7. Like a lot of people commenting above, I’m not at all surprised, but I am still vaguely disappointed… the premise, as is so often the case, had some potential.

    Now let me float something by you. Andrew Niccol: M. Night Shyamalan #2? He started off writing and directing Gattaca, which was very good. He wrote The Truman Show, which I haven’t seen, but has a very positive reputation. Little in the middle on reputation with S1m0ne and Lord of War.

    But then in recent years? In Time and The Host. OK, it’s only two films that are real stinkers, it could be a temporary condition. But it’s a bit worrisome that in both cases, they’re sci-fi films with solid concepts and poor execution. That sounds awful Shyamalany to me. Maybe it’s premature to call it, but without knowing anything about it, I’m feeling pretty leery about his next film. How about you?

    • Truman Show IS really good, I keep vaccilating on whether I should MTESS it or not. I agree with that fact that his career has had a downward trajectory, but we can’t compare him to Shyamalan, because he never hit the heights. M Night’s first three movies were huge huge successes. Nicol’s biggest movie he was involved with was Truman show, which he didnt direct.

      I definitely will be skeptical of his next outing though, obviously. Neither this nor In Time were that good :(

      I’m slightly disappointed by this movie too. Which is funny, cause going in, I expected it to suck outright. But then as I watched I realized, wow… this is an interesting concept. This could have been a good movie if they did it right.

      Unfortunately, they didnt. :(

      • True, he never had the blockbuster success of Shyamalan. But I’d argue that Gattaca was at least on the same level of quality as M. Night’s first two films.

        And yeah… I wasn’t expecting quality out of this once I saw who wrote it, but… worthwhile concept.

  8. Aw man, you really got me good! Like your “B+” rating was going to make me rush out and see this at the theater! lol. My question is WTH did you go see this in the first place? lol. Quit encouraging this crap! Go watch my recommendation “The Hidden Face” and let me know what you think of it. :)

    • Did you recommend “The Hidden Face”? I have you down for Machine Gun Preacher. Not too late to swap out, you just let me know which…

      Meanwhile, I review every major theatrical release… So…

      • I’ve been recommending The Hidden Face to every fellow movie blogger I can just b/c it’s such a unique experience with one of the better twists I’ve ever seen. Check out my latest entry about it on my blog. It’s the first thing you see b/c I am not writing any more entries until I get people to check out this film. If a few people watch the film I will write some more entries, and offer up other recommendations, but if no one is paying attention to the couple of recommendations I have made then it seems pointless to offer up any others. I think people would start to trust my opinion if they gave me a chance. So far very few have. People continue to watch the mainstream stuff they feel safe with, even though they usually don’t like it and complain about it. And the vicious cycle continues…

      • Huh. LOL. Well, that’s an admirable determination you have there. I’m as mainstream a blogger as you could ever want to see, so I can’t really relate much to the championing lesser known films thing. I think you’ve got your work cut out for you with that kind of mission, man. Good luck!

        In the meantime, if you want to throw it into the ring for Readers’ Recommendations, I’d be happy to put it on the list and check it out!

      • It’s not really a mission. I just like to trade recommendations and watch the films, and then discuss. I don’t mind some mainstream films. I just like to watch other kinds of films, as well. Stimulate my brain. Give me something new to digest. I’m looking forward to your Evil Dead review this weekend! I will be sure to drop by and share my thoughts after viewing. :)

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