Monday, April 8, 2013
Bechtloff Movie Night: The Host (2013)
The story here is that these little alien symbiotes/parasites have taken over the world. They get inside humans and live there, leaving their bodies intact and have pretty much made a utopia out of our world. In most worlds they co-exist with their hosts but because humans are apparently the assholes of the galaxy they have to fully take over with us. What makes us assholes? We have war and pollution and stuff. Apparently other sentient life forms never had those problems. In most cases the host is erased, in some cases, such as our leading lady they remain alive, trapped in the back of their head.
So an alien named Wanderer, later shortened to Wanda has taken over Melanie. But Melanie is still alive in there and Wanda can hear her. After hashing it out Wanda starts to pity humans and makes her way to a hidden camp of remaining humans that Melanie was from. The initial reaction from most is to kill her but the leader of the camp stops them. Eventually Wanda befriends the humans and shows them how to remove the aliens from people to free the ones who are still alive and Wanda takes on a body of someone who never woke up after the operation because they were apparently erased by the alien. Oh and there's some forced love triangles because Stephanie loves that shit.
You know it's easy to hate Stephanie Meyer for being a complete and total hack, because she is, but at this point I find her more adorable than anything else. It's like she made a crayon drawing of Invasion of the Body Snatchers.
I found myself so fascinated by some of the things in this world. I wanted to know more of how the alien's utopia functioned. When we would see glimpses of how the humans were surviving in the caves, some of it was ingenious. The leader of the human resistance was an awesome character, we didn't spend nearly enough time with him. There is so much about this that could have been great, but instead our focus is on characters who do some of the most nonsensical things for the flimsiest of reasons.
In an odd way however this film is very much worth seeing, if just for the case study of wasted potential. I wouldn't recommend paying to see it in the theater, but if you see it on TV years from now, or even in a Redbox, it's worth checking out. It's a failure of a film, but it's a fascinating failure.