The Host

The Host

Andrew Niccol (2013)

12A Certificate


Our Score
Twilight meets Invasion of the Body Snatchers in author Stephenie Meyer's soppy teen romance, here swapping vampires for aliens. Hanna star Saoirse Ronan deserved better than this, playing a teenager whose body is implanted with an intergalactic "Soul". But as one of the few humans who can fight the parasitic takeover, she uses her host to protect loved ones hidden in a cave-dwelling community. It's a daft dual part where Ronan's inner voice constantly bickers with that of her host and each moons over differing boys. The device gets old very quickly and writer/director Andrew Niccol (Gattaca) takes an overly earnest approach that also becomes a bore. The clinical design is more striking, with white alien couture and shiny silver vehicles contrasting nicely with the rustic mountain society, run by a grizzled William Hurt. However the minimal special effects are hokey and the story of two colliding minds couldn't be more mindless.


Earth is invaded by parasitic aliens which possess humans, but one of the creatures discovers the consciousness of her teenage host has not been fully repressed. The human part of their personality persuades her to turn her back on her race and seek out free humans, leading her to a resistance group fighting to free mankind. Sci-fi adventure, starring Saoirse Ronan, Max Irons and William Hurt.

Cast & Crew

Melanie Stryder / Wanda Saoirse Ronan
Jared Max Irons
Seeker / Lacey Diane Kruger
Ian Jake Abel
Jamie Chandler Canterbury
Jeb William Hurt
Kyle Boyd Holbrook
Maggie Frances Fisher
Nate Bokeem Woodbine
Healer Fords Marcus Lyle Brown
Wanda / Petals Open to the Moon Emily Browning
Director Andrew Niccol
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: EntertainmentGuidance: Violence, swearing.Available on: DVD and Blu-rayReleased on: 29 Mar 2013