The world is now at peace and hunger is no longer an issue. There is no more violence in the land and the environment has been healed. This is the premise of The Host, which is an adaptation of the novel written by Twilight author Stephenie Meyer.
The earth is now controlled by a social layer of extraterrestrial beings named the Souls. They enter the body of humans and control them. Once they have taken over, the eyes turn into shiny blue. This is the reason why the Earth is now populated by nonviolent, trusting beings with blue eyes and stylish suits.
The Host stars Saoirse Ronan as Melanie Stryder. She is a young woman who is taken over by a Soul named Wanderer, who is later known as Wanda. Melanie’s consciousness is strong willed and doesn’t want to fade away. The two reach a truce but things turn ugly when they meet a group of human holdouts headed by Melanie’s Uncle Jeb (William Hurt). Other members of the group include her boyfriend Jared (Max Irons) and Ian (Jake Abel). The body shared by Wanda and Melanie is now torn between Ian and Jared.
The conversations between Wanda and Melanie are downright silly. It must have been a challenge for filmmaker Andrew Niccol to adapt the novel to the big screen. He even included the moans during make out sessions. At one point Ian asks Wanda if there is a way Melanie can give them some privacy.
Despite the silliness of The Host, there are some parts of the movie that worked. Antonio Pinto’s score is spot on. The characters are too paper-thin. Ronan tries her best to come up with a good performance despite the material given to her.
Writer/director Niccol once did Gattaca, which is considered as one of the best sci-fi movies of all time. This means he knows how to make a good one. This could make you watch The Host despite its source material.