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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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A race of aliens who are non corporeal go from planet to planet looking for hosts. They come to Earth and basically take over human bodies. Now it's believed that once they take over a body all memories of the previous inhabitant are gone. And there are some humans who have remain hidden from them and are basically a resistance movement. So an alien charged with locating them known as the Seeker captures one of them a girl named Melanie and puts one of them who is known as Wanderer in her body, in hopes of finding out where the humans are. But Melanie for some reason is still there and she convinces Wanderer not to say anything to Seeker. Wanderer feels empathy for the humans. When Seeker is disappointed at her lack of progress, she informs Wanderer that she'll be removed and placed in a new host and she will be placed in Melanie. Melanie knowing she can't convince her the way she convinced Wanderer convinces Wanderer to run away and they can meet with the humans. Eventually they find... Written by rcs0411@yahoo.com

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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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$40,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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

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$26,616,999 (USA) (24 May 2013)
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Dianna Agron auditioned for the role of Melanie Stryder. See more »

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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 »

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Jeb: The earth is at piece. There is no hunger. There is no violence. The environment is healed. Honesty, courtesy, 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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It wasn't awful
29 March 2013 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

The Host is one of those films I went to see for the actors and the hype. I have to say, it did amuse me when I saw the 9% rating on Rotten Tomatoes this morning.

However, it wasn't as bad as most of the critics think. It did have its moments. Of course, the start is very weird as Saiorse Ronan starts talking to herself. Once you get used to it, it's not that bad.

The movie is also hilarious in some parts - both unintentionally and intentionally. Watch for the bit where Melanie/Wanderer is reunited with her family.

Some parts were also awfully cheesy - but I like to think it often pokes fun at itself. Maybe. Hopefully.

Also, some parts of the story which were actually interesting were not delved deep enough into. Having not read the book, I can't say how accurate the movie is, but it concentrates more on "Oh my god I like Jareeeed, Oh my God you like Ian!" than the actual, y'know, humans being invaded and taken over by Hosts. Maybe that was the fault of the author, but it did have a lot more potential in the actual storyline department.

However, the acting was decent-ish. Some of the action scenes were also cool. And the storyline was a hell of a lot better than Twilight.

To sum up: it was hilarious, and there's cute boys (because that's why they made it hurrr). It wasn't as bad as some critics are saying, but it wasn't the most fantastic movie ever, either.


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