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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 rcs0411@yahoo.com / edited and revised by statmanjeff

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Release Date:

29 March 2013 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

La huésped  »

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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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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Ian Somerhalder, Dane DeHaan, Thomas McDonell and Augustus Prew auditioned for Ian. Jake Abel was later cast. See more »


In the final scene of the film when the "Seekers" surround the protagonist's vehicle, an entire camera crane can be seen through the windshield on the left hand side of the street. A possible lighting setup, along with a potential crew member can be seen on the other side of the street. 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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Don't Waste Your Money
27 March 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

If I had payed to see this I would've asked for my money back afterwards... that's how bad it was.

One of the worst book adaptations I've ever seen. I read the book a couple of years back and absolutely LOVED it. It's a great book - intelligent, innovative, entertaining, and addicting. To put it in perspective, the book in about 600 pages, and the move was about maybe 200 pages of it? It made me sad because they turned it from Hunger Games status to Twilight status - and Stephanie Myers is to blame there. Known for Twilight and vampire love stories, the writers and director of the Host tailored to the sales rather than the story. They cut out all the action and background information and just gave the love triangle - which is exactly what the Twilight movies did. Honestly, it was just so bad. My friends never read the book and were so confused the entire way. I had to explain everything to them afterwards because in the movie they took out all the background information! They skipped over WAY too much. The result of the movie: a futuristic story about aliens taking over the mind's and body's of the human race which leads to rebellion and a cheesy love triangle. ALSO: The ending sets up for a sequel to this movie - a sequel that doesn't exist because Myers never wrote a second book of the Host... so I don't know what they're trying to pull but seriously I don't get it. PLEASE I BEG YOU DON'T WASTE YOUR MONEY. I'M TIRED OF THE FILM INDUSTRY GETTING AWAY WITH THE MURDER OF GREAT NOVELS. DON'T SEE IT!!!!!!!!

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