Max Irons and Saoirse Ronan in a scene from the movie The Host.
Max Irons and Saoirse Ronan in a scene from the movie The Host. Alan Markfield - Contributed by Hoyts Distribution media website

Movie review: The Host

TWILIGHT but from outer space. This was the expectation for The Host, the latest film based on best-selling author Stephanie Meyer's first novel.

An alien race invades earth and threatens mankind by taking their bodies as 'hosts' and erasing their memories.

But it's not all bad, they have eliminated war, poverty, disease and all other blights of modern life, unfortunately any remaining humans are on the run and in hiding resisting the take-over.

It's almost a bit Walking Dead in the way of a group of people surviving in a post-apocalyptic type world.

The film follows the plight of Melanie (Saoirse Ronan) who with an iron will resists the alien invasion in her own head and risks everything in order to protect the ones she loves.

She is a prisoner in a small section of her own mind and she can communicate with her 'invader' Wanda which she does in a slightly naff voiceover.

Despite its sci-fi concept at its heart The Host is swoony soap opera with some crazy but intriguing concepts.

Melanie/Wanda is torn between the affections of two rather attractive guys, one who loves her for her human mind trapped, the other for her alien counterpart.

It's a little trippy since they both exist in the same body it but it does raise some interesting concepts about the role looks play in falling in love.

Saoirse Ronan does well in the role, bickering and bonding essentially with herself and the boys aren't bad to look at.

Unlike The Walking Dead the character development is severely lacking and this is not a high-class gritty production.

It's all very cheesy and fluffy but it is a bit of fun, a sweet story and some of the key themes and concepts of love, looks and survival are intriguing to ponder.

And at least the aliens don't sparkle. Well, not much anyway.

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The Host

  • Stars: Saoirse Ronan, Max Irons, William Hurt, Diane Kruger, Chandler Canterbury.
  • Director: Andrew Niccol
  • Rated: M
  • Verdict: Three stars


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