The Host (2013)
Trying to recapture the success of the Twilight saga, Hollywood leaped on Stephanie Meyer’s 2008 novel The Host.
In the near future aliens called Souls have taken over Earth, with only small groups of humans still left. When a Soul named Wonderer gets placed inside the human body of Melanie (Saoirse Ronan) she finds it hard to shut out Melanie’s voice inside her. Haunted by the memories of Melanie’s family and her boyfriend Jared (Max Irons), Wonderer and Melanie escape to find Melanie’s loved ones.
Like the novel, it’s based on there is a good idea in here but, unfortunately, it also suffers from a lot of flaws that prevents it from becoming the hit it so desperately wants to be. At the centre of it all is the love triangle that every YA film has to have. Although I guess it’s more of a love square just set within three bodies and four minds. Melanie loves Jared; Wonderer has feelings for Jared due to experiencing Melanie’s feelings while also developing feelings for human Ian (Jake Abel). I didn’t really care about any of these relationships. There’s no chemistry between any of them so there’s no one to root for.
There are a lot of good actors in this, Saorise Ronan, John Hurt, Diane Kruger…but they are all wasted in this movie. Ronan tries to emote as Wonderer/Melanie but the script brings her down. There’s nothing new or original in this movie. It’s not terrible; it’s just boring, and therefore not memorable. I don’t think it matters if you are Stephanie Meyer fan or not, I doubt this will appeal to anyone.