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Blu-ray Review: 'The Host'

Jason Coleman Jason Coleman
June 28th, 2013 11:00am EDT

The Host

Stephanie Meyer and loves triangles – need we say more?  We’re checking out the Twilight gal’s latest creation "The Host" out now on Blu-ray from Universal Home Entertainment.  The love and all it’s facets get reviewed below!


The Host


   Title: "The Host"

   Grade: 3 1/2

   Cast: Saoirse Ronan, Diane Kruger, William Hurt

   Director: Andrew Niccol

   Rating: PG-13

   Runtime: 126 minutes

   Release Company: Universal Home Entertainment



The Flick: "The Host" is certainly more relationship fluff from "Twilight" author Stephanie Meyer, but what separates this from the vamp camp is one thing – Saoirse Ronan.  Playing a challenging dual role as both an alien who has take over the body of a human girl and the girl who is still alive inside her head, Ronan elevates this material way beyond the light fluff fare we’re used to.  Ronan is the anti-Kristen Stewart – she’s compelling, layered and captivating to watch.  The rest of the cast has a few notables (love the always solid William Hurt!) and nudniks (the two lead guys fighting over Ronan are from the Pattinson/Lautner school of hot guy dud!) but this one lives or dies by the work of Ronan – she knows accomplished acting CPR folks!

Best Feature: The doc 'Bringing The Host To Life' has a lot of Meyer talking about the film (casting, story, locations) and virtually nothing from actual film director Andrew Niccol.  Telling indeed.

Best Hidden Gem: It’s funny how the rockin’ Hanna star can even take a teenage girl love story and make it great – Ronan’s the real deal.

Worth the Moola: Again worth watching just for the work of it’s lead gal – fluff fiction just got a leg up.

Photo Credits: Photos Courtesy of Universal Home Entertainment


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