Thursday, March 5

Movie Review: The Host (2013)

Length: 2 hr & 5 mins
Released: 2013
Genre: Sci-Fi, Action/Adventure, Romance, & Drama
Rating: PG-13
Where I Got It: Rented


What if everything you love was taken from you in the blink of an eye? When an unseen enemy threatens mankind by taking over their bodies and erasing their memories, Melanie Stryder will risk everything to protect the people she cares most about - Jared, Ian, her brother Jamie and her Uncle Jeb, proving that love can conquer all in a dangerous new world.


I've put this off for a while since I read the book. The whole book club group all watched this, but since I couldn't go to the meeting, I did not watch it. Why? Well, I was not a fan of the book and *sighs* I just didn't want to give it a chance. However, I finally rid of my pride and prejudice and gave it a shot. I am going to do this review a wee bit different then normal (because I am feeling sassy and going against the grain):

Was this movie of the year? Hell no. 
Would I watch this again? Prolly no. 
Did I enjoy the movie? Actually...yes. 
Why? I held no expectations for this movie (I was convinced that I would hate it - so the expectations were SUPER low) and it surprised me! 
Was it better then the book? A wee bit. It flowed a lot better and I actually connected with the characters.
How was the acting? Meh. The main girl did awesome; I loved how they made the voice inside the head work without seeming cheesy and awkward. However, most of the time Melanie's voice remained a "northern accent", but once in a while she would slip into "southern", why? Did she forget? Ugh, it annoyed me. The rest of the crew did okay. I was not a fan of the guy playing Jared though (ugh...he's like a guy version of Kristen Stewart).
Love triangle? Actually...this was a creepy love square. Wanda likes Jared AND Ian; but Melanie is in love with Jared. However, Jared is in love with Melanie and kinda fancies Wanda (simply for the body). GAH. It made more sense in the movie then the book, but I still thinks its weird. 
Beginning? skipped a lot of parts that I thought needed to really be in the seemed rushed to hurry up and get to the love triangle.
Middle? I was actually really involved and on the edge of my seat.
End? Not bad...again they skipped a couple parts that helped the story along. I liked what they did with the VERY end; clever. However...the actress they got was odd looking...ugly? No...just...odd...mmmm. 

Book or Movie? Neither...oh...wait...I have to pick? Sighs, prolly the movie. 
Conclusion? This was an interesting movie. I am glad I did manage to get myself to check it out. It was a touch better then the book, but still - no to watching it again. If it was on, I would not throw a fit, but I would never put it on myself. I recommend this to those that like Stephanie Meyer or who wants to try something new. Out of five stars, I stamp this with...mmmm...2 stars. It is more like 2.4, but I rounded (not quite a 3)

Favorite Character(s): Ian, Uncle Jeb, and Wanda 
Not-so Favorite Character(s): Jared (smh) and Wanda's aunt (I can't remember her name)


Melissa (My words and pages) said...

I've not read the book or watched the movie. I don't know. I think there was way too much hype around this author and would ruin it for me before I even start it.

Melliane said...

yeah I agree with you... I wasn't really happy with this one. I haven't read the book and I won't but I think it was quite boring.

Blodeuedd said...

I could watch it, it was sort of good but OMG THE PLOTHOLES!

Better than the book though, I started skimming that one on page 1

Carole Rae said...

Melissa, same. I never planned to read it, but it was chosen for book club, so I did.

Melliane, yeah...I don't recommend the book then.

Blodeuedd, if someone is happening to watch it and I come over, I'll watch it too. Agreed. Way better then the book.

Anachronist said...

I haven't read the book (I've planned to do it but somehow couldn't force myself) and I haven't watched the movie. If I had to choose (under duress of course) I would pick the movie no problem - quicker, easier, and you can always ff stupid stuff. Stephenie Meyer will never be my author so yeah, movie.

Carole Rae said...

Yes, the book is like 500 pages. xI However, the movie is only 2 hours of life. :D