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The Host (2013)

PG-13  |   |  Adventure, Romance, Sci-Fi  |  29 March 2013 (USA)
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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.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Soul Fleur
Soul Anshu
Brent Wendell Williams ...
Soul Lake
Jalen Coleman ...
Soul Nafisa
The Seeker / Lacey
Seeker Song
Seeker Wolfe (as Michael Parker)
Trevor Stryder


A race of non-corporeal, parasitic aliens who go from planet to planet looking for hosts have come to Earth and basically taken over the human race. It's believed that, once inside a body, all memories of the host human are gone. Some few free humans remain hidden from them, forming a resistance group. When an alien Seeker captures a girl named Melanie and puts a Wanderer in her body, she hopes to find out where the remaining humans are gathered, but Melanie, a strong fighter able to converse with the alien in her commandeered body, convinces the Wanderer to say nothing. Disappointed by the lack of progress (though suspecting an empathy for the human), the Seeker informs the Wanderer that she'll be removed and placed in a new host while she herself will enter Melanie. With human lives at risk, Melanie convinces Wanderer to run away and hide out with the humans, but finding them doesn't mean they'll allow an alien presence among them. Jared (Melanie's boyfriend) wants her dead, but Jeb... Written by / edited and revised by statmanjeff

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Rated PG-13 for some sensuality and violence | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

29 March 2013 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

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$40,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$10,600,112 (USA) (29 March 2013)


$26,616,999 (USA) (24 May 2013)

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Did You Know?


Jake Abel previously auditioned for the role of Edward Cullen in the Twilight Saga, another series based on literature by Stephanie Meyer, but didn't get the part. They collaborate on this film. See more »


When the seeker has been shot, she feels around for her gun. You see it move, yet when the camera is above her, the gun is nowhere near her hand. See more »


[first lines]
Jeb: The earth is at peace. There is no hunger. There is no violence. The environment is healed. Honesty, courtesy and kindness are practiced by all. Our world has never been more... perfect. Only, it is no longer our world. We've been invaded by an alien race. They occupy the bodies of almost all human beings on the planet. The few humans who have survived are on the run.
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Referenced in Unikal'noe pozdravlenie (2014) See more »


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Great deception.
17 April 2013 | by (France) – See all my reviews

I came to see this film because of Andrew Niccol (Gattaca is my favorite movie),a bit afraid of Stephanie Meyer's work but still open minded to a quite good SF plot with some romance. But I found myself in front of a terrible teen-movie. And not the good kind like we used to see in the 90's. Artistic work is completely absent. The world shown in this film is interesting but not described sufficiently.

I found that the narrative form was quite ineffective and the dialogs were so dull that not a single piece of "philosophy" can be extracted.

On the top of all that, the love story is foretold and occupies the 3/4 of the scenes. And the acting (even Saoirse Ronan that already did very good job in other movies) was so lame, you can't relate to the characters.

In my opinion, this film lacks of an audacious directing to be good. There was material but it has been spoiled.

If you're over 15, I don't recommend this film. If you're under, well I don't recommend it neither, but I'll understand if you find some pleasure to see it.

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