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The Host (2013)

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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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Andrew Niccol

Writers:

Andrew Niccol (screenplay), Stephenie Meyer (novel)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Rachel Roberts ... Soul Fleur
Shyaam Karra ... Soul Anshu
Brent Wendell Williams Brent Wendell Williams ... Soul Winters
Jhil McEntyre Jhil McEntyre ... Soul Lake
Jalen Coleman Jalen Coleman ... Soul Nafisa
Saoirse Ronan ... Melanie Stryder / Wanda
Diane Kruger ... The Seeker / Lacey
Stephen Rider ... Seeker Reed
Jaylen Moore ... Seeker Song
Stephen Conroy ... Seeker Sands
Marcus Lyle Brown ... Healer Fords
Michael L. Parker ... Seeker Wolfe (as Michael Parker)
Phil Austin ... Seeker Waverley
Chandler Canterbury ... Jamie
J.D. Evermore ... Trevor Stryder
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Storyline

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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Country:

USA | Switzerland

Language:

English

Release Date:

29 March 2013 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Host See more »

Filming Locations:

New Orleans, Louisiana, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$40,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$10,600,112, 31 March 2013

Gross USA:

$26,627,201

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$63,327,201
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The shiny Chrome cars are Lotus Evora. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

[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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Connections

Referenced in The Cinema Snob: Heartbeeps (2013) See more »

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Radioactive
Performed by Imagine Dragons
Courtesy of Kid Ina Korner / Interscope Records
Under license from Universal Music Operations Ltd.
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Wrong Marketing for a Pleasant Romance
20 July 2013 | by claudio_carvalhoSee all my reviews

In the future, Earth has been invaded by aliens that take over the human bodies with their souls to live a perfect life in a world without crime, violence or war and with the environment restored. However, a few humans still resist to the invaders and they are chased by The Seekers.

When the teenager Melanie Stryder (Saoirse Ronan) that belongs to the resistance is captured by the leader of The Seekers (Diane Kruger), the alien Wanderer takes over her body expecting to find where the human are hidden. But Melanie is still in her body and resists to the Wanderer and asks her to not tell to The Seeker what she has learned to protect her brother Jamie (Chandler Canterbury), her boyfriend Jared Howe (Max Irons) and her friends. Wanderer feels empathy for her and keeps the secret but The Seeker decides to put Wanderer in another body and take her body. Melanie asks Wanderer to flee to meet her friends in the middle of the desert.

When Melanie's uncle Jeb (William Hurt) finds her dehydrated in the desert, he brings Melanie to his hideout and calls her Wanda. He also protects her from a group led by Ian O'Shea (Jake Abel) but along the days, Ian falls in love with Wanda. Meanwhile The Seeker is obsessed hunting Wanda down in the desert.

"The Host" is a movie with wrong marketing that misguide the viewers that expect to see a tense or full of action sci-fi in the style of "Invasion of the Body Snatchers" and find a pleasant romance. The plot is developed in low pace disappointing a great number of viewers. But the story is actually beautiful despite the flaws.

The beginning is too rushed and there is a poor development of Melanie. It does not make sense why Jeb's group wants to kill Melanie when they find her in the desert if Doc is trying to save the humans removing the alien "souls" from them. If the aliens are so peaceful, why is The Seeker so evil? My vote is six.

Title (Brazil): "A Hospedeira" ("The Host")


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