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.
I love this movie, as well as Mother. Both are more than their genre elements -- The Host is no straight horror film, and Mother is no crime thriller. Instead, they both uncover layers of meaning on what it means to be a family amid outside threats (the government is the true, evil host of the monster here) and how to cope with loss and sadness. Emotional, universal experiences.
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.
Entretenido filme de monstruos, muy oriental tanto en humor como en historia, algunos encuadres son bellos y se armonizan muy bien con el contraste de la criatura generada por computadora, lo que hace esta cinta interesante, aunque creo algunas secuencias están de relleno.
Maximalist. Heavily allegorical. Plays with social issues without pretensions. Beautiful cinematography, albeit sometimes marred by outdated CGI. It's not as bad as you would think, though. For the most part the monster is rendered quite well. Certainly a more notable film of the decade. Check it out.
idk why i didn't have a review for this but can i just explicitly say - anti-american sentiment, anti-american military presence, anti-US interventionism, inspired by actual histories of chemical spills by the US military in korea. it's not just a monster movie and it's not just blind politics. that almost no one outside of the korean press went into that is ridiculous.