I have never been so upset and annoyed with a film until I watched “The Host.” And mind you, I watch bad movies with friends for entertainment.
I love science fiction, so naturally, a story with a synopsis ringing with familiarity of “Invasion of the Body Snatchers” piqued my interest. However, I can’t stand the writings of “Twilight” author Stephenie Meyer, so I probably shouldn’t be surprised I hated the film. After all, I’m not a lovesick teenage girl.
What angers me most about “The Host” is it genuinely has an interesting story idea, but it is just poorly executed.
An alien race, known as “Souls,” has invaded Earth — much like it has many other planets. Once inserted into a human host, the Soul takes over the body, eliminates the host’s existence, and then goes on to experience life as a human. However, not all hosts go willingly. When Melanie has Soul Wanda inserted into her body, she has more willpower than the alien was expecting. Melanie forces a battle for control of her body as she continues to exist within.
Like many great science fiction stories, this is where Meyer had the opportunity to really explore the meanings behind human existence. But, instead of posing some possible answers to questions such as “Why are we?”, the author simply focuses on answering the question of “How do I get back to my boyfriend?”
Much like the film’s depth, the blu-ray combo packaging doesn’t offer up much outside your standard bonus features.
Bringing The Host To Life: This “look at how we made the movie” feature couldn’t have been more dull, featuring interviews with Meyer, Saoirse Ronan (Melanie/Wanda), Max Irons (the boyfriend Melanie so desperately needed to get back to), and Jake Abel (the boy the alien falls in love with). Honestly, watching it just made me more annoyed as everyone talked about how much they like it. Seriously, did they watch the same film?
Deleted Scenes: If you’re like me, this feature won’t sway your opinion of the film in a positive manner. It just shows you how bad a scene has to be to need cutting.
Digital Copy and UltraViolet: Since the film industry hasn’t decided which one to axe, more combo packages are offering up both ways to add films to your digital collection for on-the-go viewing.
Seeker PSA: This PSA from the aliens about why the resisting humans need to be conquered basically just sums up who the main characters are and what good the aliens have brought.