Stephenie Meyer is indeed one of the best writer when it comes to science fiction romance story where she introduced us to a whole new imaginary world we never knew existed before. After gain a huge success from legendary love story by Edward Cullen and Isabella Swan, now Mrs. Meyer came to awe her readers (once again) by another epic love story of an alien and a human being. Not that I’ve read the novel already, I just be able to watch the movie since I’ve already gave up from seeing the thickness of the novel. But the novel must be good if they can portray it in an amazing movie. Like previous Meyer’s creation, The Host also based on a pure imagination. But still, it’s not all about action and science, she’s not forget to put on an enchanting love journey which can make her reader’s (or in this case, her viewers) heart flutter.
The Host tells a story of an invasion by an alien which in this movie portray as a soul who take on human body and live inside it. Those human are their host who can do nothing because the alien take over everything. Through the whole invasion and taking over human body, there is one soul and body who unexpectedly can live together. A human named Melanie (Saoirse Ronan) is one of a few survivor who refuse to be taken over by the invasion, but one day she got caught and decided to commit a suicide by jump from a third floor. Unfortunately her body is not smashed, so the alien can use her body to be the host of another soul named Wanderer. What other aliens not know is that Melanie is still living inside Wanderer. She’s communicate and be friends with Wanderer.
Unlike any aliens who seems so brutal and doesn’t care about human condition, Wanderer is a soul who can relate to Melanie’s life. She saw that Melanie is left her brother and her lover when she decided to commit a suicide. With her sympathy for Melanie, Wanderer decided to help her find Melanie’s loved ones. Unfortunately, her intention got caught and the Seeker (Diane Kruger) decided to kill Melanie and move Wanderer to another body. Confuse and refuse to be parting from Melanie, Wanderer runaway from town to find someone who can help her and Melanie. Because of Melanie’s strong aim, she’s ending up finding another human survivor, which also includes Melanie’s lover and little brother. But Melanie’s plan is not going as smooth as she thought, knowing that an alien has been lived in Melanie’s body, a pack of human survivor are not believe her and arrest her as a prisoner. Now she has to convince her family, friends, and lover that she’s still living inside Wanderer’s body.
It’s not pure science fiction. If I may say, it’s actually a romance story in science fiction way. This movie is actually based on a romance charm, but Stephenie Meyer’s brilliant mind put it on science fiction world which makes the story even more enticing. My overall comment about this movie is that so far I can’t ever disappoint with anything that came from Stephenie Meyer’s head. Not to mention how this movie equipped with such an amazing effect and marvelous set (I don’t know if they’re filming it in the studio or not, but if they actually filming the whole dessert and cave scenes in the real dessert and cave, I must say AH-MAZING!). As the viewers, I’m not only spoiled by the delicate of the story, I’m also captivated by the magnificent set and view almost through entire movie. The director may want to portray the exact scenery like what Stephenie Meyer describes in her novel. On some point, I’m also in awe by the angle of the camera.
So I must say it’s (almost) a complete package movie if only they can spice things up in the beginning.
I may warn you, if you looking for any superb action scenes in this movie is you turn a wrong lane. Unlike Twilight Saga series that still have few amazing action scenes, action is something this movie lack. I hope for an impressive war or fight when the Seeker caught Wanderer, but all I got was nothing. So if you looking for sci-fi and romance, this movie is recommended, but for action seeker, I can guarantee you that you won’t like this one.
Pretty same like Saoirse Ronan, I also have putting my eyes on Max Irons when I first watch him in Red Riding Hood. I pity his character in that movie. Luckily he gets picked by the girl in this movie. For acting point, I don’t find him as dazzling as Saoirse. I just find his acting okay. Not too good not too bad. But who knows if he can be an amazing actor someday. With his picture-perfect face and body, I don’t think it’s impossible.
As much as I love Max Irons’s Greek God face, my heart goes directly into Jake Abel. I love him even more in here than watching him in Percy Jackson the series. He’s as sweet as sugar when he confessed her pure love for Wanderer and start to caring for her. He’s not as stand out as Max Irons in the beginning of the movie, but near the ending he stole my attention. I like to watch him more in action and romance movies. I believe he will be a badass action movie’s cast and a wonderful romance movie’s sweetheart.
Another reason why I love The Host is because they put on Imagine Dragon’s Radioactive as their original soundtrack! I’m the fans of Imagine Dragons’s Night Visions album. Radioactive is one of my favorite songs among another their amazing’s work. Hearing this music on this movie which by the way portrays the exact situation of what they’re lived in on the movie is the perfect ending. They wrapped the movie perfectly by using Radioactive. I don’t really notice another music besides few scoring and Radioactive.
I will put 9 out of 10 for The Host.
“Our world isn’t like the other worlds they came to. The way they see it, human beings are just so...alien. But if one of them can find a way to love with one of us, I wonder.” – Jeb (The Host)