Title: The Host
Rated: PG-13 for some sensuality and violence
Release date: 7/9/2013
Actors: Saoirse Ronan , Jake Abel , Max Irons , Diane Kruger , Boyd Holbrook , William Hurt , Frances Fisher , Stephen Rider
When an unseen enemy threatens mankind by taking over their bodies and erasing their memories, Melanie will risk everything to protect the people she cares most about, proving that love can conquer all in a dangerous new world.
Mommy Bear's Parent Review of The Host
A man is shot in the head and is briefly seen on the ground in a pool of blood, people choose suicide over capture (a man shoots himself offscreen, a woman attempts to kill herself jumping out of a window, a duo crash their truck). A boy gets a bloody leg wound.
There are several scenes of passionate kissing, usually only lasting a few seconds, but once lasting 15-20 seconds (this is a sensual dream sequence with a young man and young woman kissing in bed, he is topless and she's in a bra, though it's mostly obscured). A young woman tells a young man she'd like him to sleep with her, but in the context it seems that the request is literally about sleeping, not sex.
There are a few scattered mild obscenities, but not many.
In the near future most of humanity has been possessed by the “souls” of parasitic extraterrestrials. A strong-willed young woman wages war inside her mind against the invader and fights to be reunited with her family and the man she loves.
Pros and Cons
19 year old Saoirse Ronan (Hanna) carries the film with far more emotional dexterity than Kristen Stewart was allowed in Twilight. Ronan plays dual roles, both of which are strong and interesting (good news for those like me who found Bella Swan to be a maddeningly passive and emotionally unstable protagonist). She gets fine support from William Hurt and Diane Kruger. Though the film features the staple Meyer love triangle, male leads Max Irons and Jake Abel are halfway decent actors and neither of their characters is defined by shameless shirtlessness. The cinematography by Roberto Schaefer has a nice warmth to it, capturing both desert landscapes and impressive cave sets with artistic skill. Though the dialogue occasionally veers into sappy romantic melodrama and a few of the supporting performances are less-than-impressive, the film as a whole is poignant, thought-provoking, and benefits from a nice sense of humor.
Peace means nothing without free will. The greatest love is to be willing to die for another. Doing good to those who wrong us can turn our enemies into our friends.Written by Jonathan Decker