Friday, April 22, 2016

The Host (2013)

IMDb plot summary: When an unseen enemy threatens mankind by taking over their bodies and erasing their memories, Melanie will risk everything to protect the people she cares most about, proving that love can conquer all in a dangerous new world.
Directed by Andrew Niccol. Starring Saoirse Ronan, Diane Kruger, Max Irons, and Jake Abel.

This was a huge disappointment. Not because I thought a movie based on a Stephenie Meyer novel was going to be good, but because the first 15 minutes or so of the movie were so fascinating. It's a good concept, and I was looking forward to seeing how it was going to play out. Soon after the inciting incident, however, things went downhill FAST into everything I came to loathe about the Twilight series. Characters make abrupt decisions for no other reason than that the plot demands it, they fall in love with people they've thus far never indicated they were interested in, they change how they feel about each other in the blink of an eye with no justification. What could have been an interesting, thoughtful look at two species fighting to share a world became a cheesy, nonsensical romance full of unreasonable actions. What a letdown.

1 star.

How it entered my Flickchart:
The Host < Dreamgirls
The Host < Rebel Without a Cause
The Host > Rich and Strange
The Host > VeggieTales: The Star of Christmas
The Host < The Best Years of Our Lives
The Host > The Lodger
The Host < Holy Ghost People
The Host > Cujo
The Host > Giant
The Host < Show Boat (1951)
The Host < Silverado

Final spot: #1936 out of 2447.

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