When a young girl is snatched away from her father by an unidentified giant creature that emerges from the Han River to wreak havoc on Seoul, her entire family sets out to locate the horrifying monster and bring their little girl back home to safety.
Bursting forth from South Korea, this instant cult classic from Oscar-winner Bong Joon-ho (Parasite) took the world by surprise in 2006. Here was a monster movie that was not just scary, but funny, smart, warm, laced with satire, and a little bit nuts. A spunky hit for the new millennium.
The Host is such a fantastic movie that I had to watch it twice on the same day. I love the pure innovation and creativity that went into the writing and directing, and its a shame more monster movies aren't made with the same passion and drive.
Bong Joon-ho's The Host is easily one of the greatest monster movies ever made and sealed Joon-ho's legacy as one of the world's great storytellers. It isn't simply a monster movie, however; The Host is equal parts family drama, black comedy, escape/heist film, and political allegory. One of the most entertaining films of the 21st century and one of the best crafted. Kang-ho Song and Doona Bae are terrific as always.
Why do I dig this so much? Partly because it's a genre movie that hardly plays any story beat the conventional way, but also because of the blend of tones (surprise comedy), the care it gives to its characters, and the way its structure is a tour through societal and bureaucratic insanity where institutions keep getting it wrong. That our survivors talk over the TV man's explanation at the end is a sardonic joy.
(Re-Watched) Joon-Ho went for an epic monster-genre film that also combines the family drama in between with a sense of humor & thrills. Though, its visual effects might have been dated today but still looks kinda cool in my opinion.
Far better than some commentators suggest. It's no ordinary horror or monster film: It shows not only some very interesting character developments but also a refreshing kind of humor and a highly political subtext.
Not only one of the best monsters movies ever, which it is, but an all around great movie. So many different things going on in this film. Interesting commentary on family, politics, and government. Very funny, very entertaining, at times very emotional, and beautifully shot with some really exciting action scenes. Its basically an all around wonderful, amazing film. What more could you ask for? 5/5 stars.
The extreme attention to detail helps make this film textural and immersive. I love the locations where it was shot---the lake and bridge. Sure, it may be a bit "poppy" but I thought it was engrossing from start to finish!