By ALEX COURTENAY
I am not one to compliment Stephenie Meyer on her work, but “The Host” was actually really good. “The Host” has suspense, action, drama, a little humor and of course a cute love story. I’m not saying that this movie is a chick flick, but it does lean heavily towards it. If you think “The Host” is going to be like the “Twilight” series, you’re dead wrong. It’s literally ten times better, in my opinion.
“The Host” is about the earth being taken over by an alien race called the Souls. The Souls inhabit human bodies and erase the humans’ minds. However, when Melanie Stryder, member of the human resistance, is captured by the Souls, she is inhabited by Wanderer. Wanderer is supposed to reveal Melanie’s information about the human resistance and erase her mind, but Melanie won’t let herself fade away. So Melanie/Wanderer become something like friends and go out to find Jarod, the guy Melanie (and sort of Wanderer) loves, and Jamie, Melanie’s little brother.
Melanie/Wanderer is played by Saoirse Ronan (“Atonement,” “Hanna”), Jarod is played by Max Irons (“Red Riding Hood”), Jamie is played by Chandler Canterbury (“The Curious Case of Benjamin Button”), Ian, another member of the human resistance, is played by Jake Abel (“Percy Jackson”), Jeb, Melanie’s uncle, is played by William Hurt (“Into the Wild”), and the Seeker, the antagonist in the film, is played by Diane Kruger (“Inglorious Basterds,” “National Treasure”).
The director and screenplay writer of “The Host” is Andrew Niccol. Niccol is the same man who wrote the screenplay for “The Truman Show,” starring Jim Carrey. Niccol also directed and wrote the screenplay for “In Time,” “Lord of War” and “Gattaca.” Niccol’s skills and talent really made “The Host” the best it could be, seeing as it is a Stephenie Meyer novel.
Now, “The Host” is not just about aliens taking over the earth or a sappy love story. It also has some strong messages/lessons to take away. The story touches issues of morality and ethics. The Souls take over worlds so they can improve them, but they sedate the inhabitants of those planets. Is it right to take over something in order to improve it? It also makes one think that just because someone says something is the right thing to do, that’s not always true.
If you go online and look at the reviews you’ll find that Rotten Tomato gave the movie 10 percent, IMDb gave it a 5.9/10 and Roger Ebert said that it is “top-heavy with profound, sonorous conversations, all tending to sound like farewells.” I say ignore all these reviews because one, they are male–oriented. Two, I don’t think they want to give credit to something related to Stephenie Meyer and her “Twilight” series. And three, I found the movie to be awesome and I liked it so much I am reading the book (However, the movie is way better). I promise you there are no vampires, werewolves or heavy-breathing, rapid blinking, stuttering Kristen Stewarts.