“The Host” was directed by Andrew Niccol and it tells a love story set in a future where the Earth has become invaded by a species of Souls. Souls are aliens who must inhabit a body to survive and by the look of things, they live for quite some time. Honestly I would have believed if this high concept story was brought to us solely through the mind of Niccol, but it was not. Where did it come from you wonder? Stephenie Meyer, the writer of the Twilight saga and who knows what else. Now I’m not really that big of a reader, and I must admit that I have not read anything by her nor do I have the desire to. So I’m just judging from what I’ve seen on celluloid and man, oh man is that enough. I absolutely hated Twilight (2008) and all the movies that followed. It was a disgrace to see these movies in a place that has presented us with actual pieces of art. I’m probably expressing a little too much here aren’t I? What about this movie? I loved what was underneath a very sappy story.
The sappy story was one that I was both annoyed by and intrigued by. How so you wonder? A young lady, played by Saoirse Ronan, is on the run at the beginning of the film and her escape is not successful. Melanie (Ronan) is captured and invaded by a Soul whose name is simply Wanderer, which is later shortened to Wanda. Melanie’s soul is still alive in there, it is something that doesn’t happen often but of course Melanie is special and is still able to talk. Melanie and Wanda become acquainted and wouldn’t you know it…. Wanda is special too, she cares. By convincing, showing and building a relationship from Soul to Soul letting these two form a pact and escape. They end up with a group of survivors who at first don’t believe her, but I’m sure you can guess that she’ll win them over, right? Now to the sappy love story and why it was both annoying and intriguing. Annoying because it was a girl in love with two men and they are both impossibilities just like in Twilight with the Werewolf and the Vampire. What was interesting? Wanda loves one man and Melanie loves another…. umm get the picture? The implications of that alone are quite intriguing. I guess it’s reasonable here to love more than one person…very European.
The intelligence was here; it was buried in a sea of stupid love scenes that were not warranted at all. It was just two good-looking people who were attracted to each other, where is the love? When did they fall in love? Did I miss that part? Was it in between the montages with the soft, romantic music in the background? I wouldn’t waste my money on this film but I do think you could watch it if you can get pass the sappiness, I got a mild-Phix.