Monday, 22 April 2013

Film Review: The Host

I haven't blogged in 9 days how crap of me! I also haven't done a film review since January! What is going on, I need to get back into the swing of things so I have decided every Monday I will review either a TV show/Film for you all.
Let me know in the comments what films you would recommend that I should watch. It doesn't matter what genre as I like to keep an open mind when it comes to films. Also let me know what films you are looking forward to seeing this year, I'm so excited for The Great Gatsby since I read the book for A level and I'm a big fan of Leonardo DiCaprio and Carey Mulligan. You can see the wonderful trailer here!! 

So lets get to it. I have been intrigued to see this film since I saw the trailer, I'm not a fan of the Twilight saga but I am a fan of Max Irons :) Click here to watch the trailer.

Director: Andrew Niccol

Starring: Saoirse Ronan, Max Irons, Diane Kruger, William Hurt, Jake Abel

Plot:  When an unseen enemy threatens mankind by taking over their bodies and erasing their memories, Melanie will risk everything to protect the people she most cares about to prove that love can conquer all. (From IMDB)

Rating: PG-13

Thoughts: First off I won't give any spoilers to this film as I don't want to ruin it for anyone who hasn't seen it yet. From the trailer you would expect this film to be an action sci-fi and on the surface it is, but the real message and story line of the film is to do with not only love but freedom.
Melanie (Ronan), her brother Jamie and her chiseled drop dead gorgeous boyfriend Jared (Irons) are on their way to find the rest of the resistance. The resistance are a group of humans who are trying to fight the alien race who inhabit human bodies to therefore live on earth. However Melanie is caught and inhabited with the Alien called Wanderer or Wanda for short. When humans are inhabited the aliens search through their memories to find any information about the resistance so the aliens can track them down.

Kruger plays the main seeker bitch who is in charge of getting Wanderer to tell all about Melanie's memories except the problem is Melanie is still alive and fighting to stay in control in her mind, so for example when the seeker is asking Wanda a question about the resistance the audience hear Melanie tell her to not tell the seeker anything. I liked this whole back and forth with Wanda talking to Melanie and this is where we see that Wanda is actually really compassionate and empathetic towards Melanie and wants to help her get back to her people.

So basically that's the basis of the start of the film. The audience get to see the struggle for Melanie being trapped as Wanda is controlling her body but also that Wanda has feelings of her own especially towards Ian. Some points I was screaming out for Melanie to shut her trap so that Wanda could spend some time with Ian. I also really liked the whole community of the resistance living in this volcano thing in the middle of the desert fighting not to get caught and the fact that they would rather kill themselves than be inhabited really made me think what it would be like running away from something that could destroy who you are. Also it makes you think that if you are strong in mind you can overpower anything that is trying to prevent you from being yourself.

I really liked this film and it is totally different to what I expected. I loved the whole Wanda/Melanie thing and although I was a little disappointed towards the end I can see how they have left it open for the next installments. The situation although far fetched you can believe in the characters struggles to fight for their lives.

Two minds think alike


Till next time

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