I realized Andrew Niccol really likes sci-fi dramas. Much like "Gattaca" and "In Time" he likes to showcase fresh concepts.. at least he tries. "The Host" wasn't disappointing like what others say. Though the echoing voice of Saoirse Ronan's sub-conscience character could have been presented better, in a less clichéd way. I wanna say, some romance scenes didn't even feel necessary. Nevertheless, this was a good film.
Turkey time! From the pen of Stephenie Meyer comes this half baked Body Snatchers tale which has to be the first film to feature a bad turn by Saoirse Ronan. Director Niccol made his directorial debut with the fine sci-fi film 'Gattaca' but other than 'Lord of War' has never made anything else of note. This is even worse than 'In Time'. Cast of Twilight want-to-be's doesn't make it any better. Really awful.
There are aspects of this film that are clunky and cheesy. The romance angle especially feels forced. However, I still like the film overall. As with nearly all Andrew Niccol movies, 'The Host' has some very interesting sci-fi ideas to chew on. It's not on the level of 'Gattaca' or 'The Truman Show', but it's still a good movie if you're willing to forgive some of the surface flaws and give it a chance.
A pretty good book becomes a pretty damn awful movie, sunk by the decision to excise 70 percent of the book's content, and Saorise Ronan's grating, high-pitched voice-over whine. "Hey! Don't do that! Hey! Listen! Hey, that's my friend! HEY! HEY! HEY!" Shut up already. The remaining shreds of plot make no sense unless you've read book (and even then...) and the actors don't care. A disaster.