The Host

 (5,376)5.92 h 5 min2013X-RayPG-13
From Stephenie Meyer, the creator of the worldwide phenomenon The Twilight Saga, comes this daring and romantic thriller based on The New York Times #1 bestselling novel.
Directors
Andrew Niccol
Starring
Saoirse RonanJake AbelMax Irons
Genres
Science FictionSuspense
Subtitles
English [CC]
Audio languages
English
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Supporting actors
Boyd HolbrookFrances FisherChandler CanterburyScott LawrenceDiane KrugerWilliam Hurt
Producers
Nick WechslerSteve SchwartzPaula Mae SchwartzStephenie Meyer
Studio
Open Road Films
Rating
PG-13 (Parents Strongly Cautioned)
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Violencesexual contentfoul language
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4.5 out of 5 stars

5376 global ratings

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OctaviaReviewed in the United States on May 26, 2020
1.0 out of 5 stars
Unapologetically Awful
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Oh where to begin... I absolutely adore the book. It’s probably my favorite book, so I was extremely excited to see it made into a movie. And that’s where the excitement ended. The point of the book was that the souls took over then planet in a way that is almost indistinguishable to humans, besides the fact that the planet was no longer dying and there were no more wars. However, whoever made this movie made it into a hyper-extraterrestrial, dull and unfulfilling shadow of the book. Of course there are limitations when it comes to making a book into a movie, however they didn’t even cast people that were in anyway similar to the characters in the book. Dry acting, lack of character or plot building... It was just all around a disappointment. My only hope is in several years someone will remake it into something that captures your attention like the book does. To be honest, I would give it zero stars if it was possible.
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Ray ReedReviewed in the United States on July 13, 2020
2.0 out of 5 stars
I hate to be "the book is better", but this movie just didn't do it justice...
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I had just finished the book and wanted to see the movie. The book is this magnificent thing to read that I couldn't put it down. I read it over a 24 hour period.

The movie, however, is not good. I just can't wrap my mind around how someone who hadn't read the book could even appreciate what's going on. Those that have read the book, if like me, will probably be frustrated by the lack of character development and the lack of motivational development. The movie stays relatively true to the source, but it's shoving a big book into two hours. They take liberties here and there of course and it's not a perfect 1 to 1 adaptation, but you can understand the decisions. They cut a lot out. Wanda doesn't tell stories like a teacher. Jamie isn't prevalent. Doc doesn't get much development. Other characters are only named as they die or are in altercations. It's just not well done. I'd say it had huge budget constraints or something. The vision was there, but it was poorly executed and it feels like too much is cut.

The acting is good from the veteran actors. William Hurt, Diane Kruger, and my personal favorite Jake Abel doing great jobs. Even Emily Browning, though brief, did a good job. Saoirse Ronan was believable, but it was probably the role she was given. Playing a character with two independent minds is hard to pull off and she did it well.
Max Irons was not a good fit for Jared. It was bad. The other actors that could potentially have been great just didn't get enough screen time. Scott Lawrence was criminally under represented on screen as Doc. I was looking forward to seeing how Doc would be portrayed.

I bought the Prime HD version. It played wonderfully and the sound was great. The subtitles seemed accurate. Prime's movie service never disappoints.

If you've read the book and you want that extra sprinkle of seeing it acted out, sure get this movie. If you haven't read the book, don't get the movie. You'll probably just be confused or irritated by exposition that is poorly done.
4 people found this helpful
WendyReviewed in the United States on November 8, 2017
5.0 out of 5 stars
Could watch over and over!!
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Absolutely adore this film! Have watched it so many times. Amazing storyline and flow throughout. This is a must watch and top 10 of mine! It is very sad that the author never pursued it with a second book/movie. This is one that eveyone loves, but did not get the recognition it deserved when originally released. At least we have this one and only of what could have been a great series.
14 people found this helpful
Foster BradyReviewed in the United States on September 16, 2016
2.0 out of 5 stars
Although I loved the book so much
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Although I loved the book so much, I do not have the same affection for the movie. It was actually so insignificant to me that I couldn't remember if I had watched this movie or not a year later...which I had. I rented it through Amazon and I watched it again and then quickly remembered why I never thought about it again after the first time. There's just not a really excited way to verbalize the thoughts of a character or have a 2 way conversation between a character and the voice inside her head. The futuristic concept and functions were okay and the cave was probably the best scenery. I remember thinking about it when I saw they were going to make the movie-"Well, that probably won't be too good, considering most of the movie is a girl having conversations between herself and the alien that has taken over her body." And even though I REALLY wanted to like it, it just didn't work. They had a better cast than I thought they could achieve, so kudos for that. Some books just aren't meant to be made into movies.
11 people found this helpful
R. DiosiReviewed in the United States on March 7, 2018
5.0 out of 5 stars
More than the run of the mill SIFY movie
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If you are interest in a good Blue Ray Video this is as good as any Blue Ray I have purchased. When I looked at some the reviews by people giving only one star I was surprised that most were based only on the movie itself. If you are into SCFI like Star Wars or Star Trek, this movie is not for you.. However if you can appreciate a well crafted plot with lots of threads that connect to other scenes, this is your movie..If you like the human element and the alien beliefs, this is a great movie. It is wrapped in empathy, compassion, bonding and love. It is a real treat and deserves a look. I might add that the story was written by a woman and the nature of the story reflects that perspective. Enjoy!
8 people found this helpful
Becky's 2 centsReviewed in the United States on May 1, 2021
3.0 out of 5 stars
Poignant
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This movie was entertaining, but disappointing at same time. One annoying thing about most film adaptations is the movies usually exclude, rearrange or summarize the essential elements that attracted books' fan base. Although condensing a novel into a 125 minute film is difficult task because several factors have to be taken into consideration. However, the script writers of The Host basically rewrittened the original storyline. So, if you are a fan of the novel, The Host, lower your expectations and ignore the many inconsistencies before watching this movie, and just enjoy its entertainment value.
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MFReviewed in the United States on July 21, 2013
3.0 out of 5 stars
OK!
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OK, I'll admit it, in my middle age, I'm still somewhat a romantic at heart! Or, could it be that I see so much drama around me everyday, that watching this teenage romance novel on screen is a short escape from reality?
Either way, I mostly liked, if not enjoyed the movie.

"The Host" is a slow flowing book, aimed primarily at teenage girls aged 14-19. The movie catches this flow quite nicely. Just like the book, it starts slow and stays that way till the very end. This is NOT and action flick.
The scenery is close to the description. I liked the acting by the entire cast, especially Saoirse Ronan and Jake Abel. William Hurt delivers a nice performance (as usual) and fits the part nicely.
As a rule, I don't like seeing books on screen. There is an inevitable change of storyline and a loss of characters from the book who are deemed unnecessary to the plot. That, however, doesn't bother me as much as the all-to-often deviation in the characters' physical appearances when compared to the book.
What I really didn't like (I'm a stickler for details like this),and this is where the physical appearance of the actor completely deviates from the book, is the choice of Diane Kruger for the role of the Seeker Lacey and Emily Browning for the part of Pat/Wonderer. The total lack of the character "Jody" also take something away, although not to noticeably.
Diane Kruger is a fine, very attractive actress, but she is a 5'11" blond, dressed in all white. In the book the "seeker" is described as a very petite brunette who wares all black
Pat is described as a tiny, very frail 16 year old with tons of freckles everywhere. She look like someone you just have to protect. Mrs Browning is average height, in her mid 20's and relatively wholesome looking.
Futuristic scenery of the cities, cars and motorcycles is pretty believable. Since the movie is set in not-so-far future, the appearance of dress and technology is very similar to our own, so that's a plus.
12 people found this helpful
WillsWei22Reviewed in the United States on July 23, 2021
5.0 out of 5 stars
An All-Time Favorite of Mine (Book & Movie)
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The movie is probably best received by those who have read the book. There is a ton of backstory in the 600 page book that wasn’t able to be included in the movie that would have provided immense context to certain characters or situations. The movie does feel a bit rushed as everything develops so quickly, but it’s hard when dealing with time constraints.

Jared/Melanie & Ian/Wanda are a couple of great relationships. “When you touch me…it’s…I don’t want you to stop” (Melanie to Jared by the fire early in the movie) & “I love you in every way that I can” (Wanda to Ian when she says goodbye near the end of the movie) are two quotes that stick with me & melt my heart each time I watch those scenes.

I want to beg Stephanie Meyer to write the 2nd & 3rd books of this story. Even if there isn’t a movie made for them.

Lastly, Saoirse Ronan as Melanie/Wanda is stunningly beautiful to me. I can’t get enough of her in this movie…
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