Eppler: 'The Host' unintentionally goofy

Reported by: James Eppler
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Updated: 4/01/2013 11:02 am

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I haven't read any of them, but author Stephenie Myer's books must be terrible because they take down some talented filmmakers adapting them for the screen. Add Andrew Niccol to the list, who's done some solid sci-fi with "Gataca," and the trippy "In Time."

"The Host" should be right up his alley, and I actually really like the concept: An alien race has overthrown Earth by taking over the bodies of humans.
But a woman named Melanie, played by Oscar nominee Saoirse Ronan from "Atonement," decides to fight her alien even though she's a prisoner in her own brain.

It's promising concept, but "The Host" does so many silly things with it. We're told the aliens taking over Earth want to create peace - no war, no crime, and no one even speeds in their super-nice cars - which is all bad for some reason I don't understand.

As Melanie and her alien called Wanderer start to get along, they each fall in love with a different pretty boy, setting up a  "Twilight"-esque love triangle, or I guess, a quadrangle. And there's a lot of kissing in the rain.

But Ronan deserves a lot of credit for a good performance with constant struggle in her head.

In fact, there are some excellent actors in this movie giving good performances, including Diane Kruger and William Hurt. Most impressively, they all manage to keep a straight face delivering this goofy material because the movie is quite often unintentionally laugh out loud funny.
Like Melanie, they're all trapped inside this movie.
Don't make the same mistake.


Out of five stars

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