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The Host

2013

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  • Onscreen, this internal dialogue just seems ludicrous (you keep expecting Wanderer to look around in alarm and shout ‘Who said that?’) – and the film also suffers from practical problems, notably that it’s never made clear how much Melanie can control the shared body.

  • Ronan can be a fierce actress, and she has her moments here, but The Lovely Bones proved that her gentle voice can yield drama-dashing narration, and in this film, it makes her a gratingly precious guide.

  • Dopey, derivative and dull, “The Host” is a brazen combination of unoriginal science-fiction themes, young-adult pandering and bottom-line calculation. That sounds like it should work (really!), but it never does, largely because the story is as drained of energy as are its moony aliens.

  • Meyer is undeniably canny at using genre to address the age-old struggles of adolescence, but at just over two hours, even “The Host’s” air of guilty pleasure eventually subsides. In the final stretch, the movie devolves into a protracted series of mini-climaxes before finally creaking across the finish line.

  • Questionable but overqualified director Andrew Niccol (writer of “The Truman Show”) and Ronan give this more dedication than it deserves, but no amount of seriousness can obscure it’s profound and unique insanity.

  • If I was convinced that it made sense to review all films according to the same critical criteria, then I’d have fewer reservations about saying that this one has a big heart and a very small success rate; that its dialogue is embarrassingly flat, obvious, and often completely unnecessary; that it’s an entirely character-driven film whose characters range from one-note Strong Female Protagonists to Abercrombie cutouts...

  • The young woman cedes control to a foreign being named Wanderer and resists interrogation by the Seeker (Diane Kruger); it’s a suspenseful segment, even if the story’s need for Ronan to carry on conversations with herself is achieved through the most cheesetastic of voiceovers.No stranger to high concepts (Gattaca, In Time), writer-director Andrew Niccol helps The Host survive as a sci-fi movie even as he’s saddled with the Twilight author’s source material.