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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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Choose to believe. Choose to fight. Choose to love. Choose to listen. See more »

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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)  »

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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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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 Kyle is saved from falling by Wanderer and the others, a wire attached to his waist is clearly silhouetted by the light behind them. 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 Face Off: Make It Reign (2013) See more »


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one of the best movies i seen as far as story
13 May 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

its so weird that movies that get great review i usually dislike or just find meh, this is an other example, i watched yesterday "the host", in my opinion one of the best movies in the last year, yet it got terrible reviews, its been over a day and the movie is still in my head.. sure its not as flashy then oblivion, but those movies i watch and an hour later completely forget about it, $100000000 special effects are great, but no money can make up for a great story.. now sure maybe the book is better, but a book is ALWAYS better, get over it ;) its not a book, its a movie. the host became one of my favorite movies of all times

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