In the newest inter-species love story from Stephanie Meyer, author of the “Twilight” saga, “THE HOST” starts out in the not-to-distant future with Earth being the perfect planet with no pollution, no wars, no crime, nothing but peace and tranquility, because the human race is no longer running the planet.
The souls arrive on earth after being transported from outside our solar system via light beams.
A race of souls have taken over all human bodies, replacing their consciousness with the souls’ alien intelligence. Even though the human race has fallen, there are still a handful of humans fighting to survive and resist the earth’s takeover by the alien species. The only way to differentiate between those who have been taken over and those have haven’t is the almost glowing blue eyes of those who have been inhabited.
The film has Saoirse Ronan (pronounced Sir-shah) in the starring role as Melanie, who’s possessed by the alien Wanderer, along with Max Irons as her love interest, Diane Kruger as another alien, The Seeker, and Jake Abel as Ian O’Shea. Saoirse plays almost a double role initially being Melanie in the beginning of the movie, but after she is captured and has the alien soul implanted in her, she becomes Wanderer (later shortened to Wanda) with Melanie’s voice and consciousness in her head, refusing to give up and be taken over completely.
As in “Twilight”, Meyers creates another love triangle of sorts when Melanie and Wanda are romantically interested in two different guys. The Seeker, played by Diane Kruger is relentlessly pursuing Wanderer in her obsessive mission to find the human resistance and crush them. Kruger is well known for her role opposite Nicholas Cage as his estranged combative wife in the popular “National Treasure” movies.
Wanderer (Wanda) prepares to send a “soul” off to another planet.
Ronan may look familiar from her role as the trouble making sister who wrongly accuses her sister’s lover of a crime which he did not commit in the movie “Atonement” in 2007 for which she was subsequently nominated for a BAFTA, a Golden Globe and an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress, ranking her among the youngest persons ever to be nominated for the latter. More recently, she starred in the 2009 movie, “The Lovely Bones” as the spirit girl who was murdered and then watched in limbo as events unfolded regarding her demise. She was again nominated and awarded accolades and awards for her portrayal in that movie as well.
William Hurt plays Melanie’s wise old uncle who had set up the safe haven where the few remaining humans fight for their lives. “The Host” was on my list of my most anticipated movies of 2013, and even though it is not a huge 3-D blockbuster film, it has all of the makings to begin a new popular movie franchise for Ms. Meyers now that “Twilight” has completed its run. Rated PG-13 for some sensuality and violence, “THE HOST” opens in theaters March 29th.
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