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The Host [2013] (1 disc)
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Director:Andrew Niccol
Writer:Andrew Niccol
Composer:Antonio Pinto
Length:125 minutes
(2 hours 5 minutes)
MPAA Rating:PG-13
Sorting Category:SciFi
IMDB Rating:5.9/10
Rotten Tomatoes Rating:8%
Amazon Rating:3.5/5 stars
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Synopsis: 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.


Reaction: It's a cliche, but the book is better. The story is full of subtle character moments and lots of introspection that is hard to film. This is enjoyable, and hopefully it will interest more people in reading the book.


Personal Rating: 6/10

Select Cast and Crew
Andrew Niccol => Director / Writer
Antonio Pinto => Composer
Stephenie Meyer => Novel
Allie Wood => Rachel (uncredited)
Andrea Frankle => Healer Skye
Bokeem Woodbine => Nate
Boyd Holbrook => Kyle
Brent Wendell Williams => Soul Winters
Chandler Canterbury => Jamie
David Lichtenstein => Benjamin Wallen
Diane Kruger => Lacey / The Seeker
Emily Browning => Petals Open to the Moon (uncredited) / Wanda
Evan Cleaver => Seeker Pavo
Frances Fisher => Maggie
J.D. Evermore => Trevor Stryder
Jake Abel => Ian O'Shea
Jalen Coleman => Soul Nafisa
Jaylen Moore => Seeker Song
Jhil McEntyre => Soul Lake
John Wilmot => Soul Raines
Lee Hardee => Aaron
Marcus Lyle Brown => Healer Fords
Max Irons => Jared Howe
Michael L. Parker => Seeker Wolfe (as Michael Parker)
Mustafa Harris => Brandt
Phil Austin => Seeker Waverley
Rachel Roberts => Soul Fleur
Raeden Greer => Lily
Ruby Lou Smith => Soul Pearle
Saoirse Ronan => Melanie Stryder / Wanda
Scott Lawrence => Doc
Shawn Carter Peterson => Wes
Shyaam Karra => Soul Anshu
Stephen Conroy => Seeker Sands
Stephen Rider => Seeker Reed
Wanda Leigh => Photo Double / SI (uncredited)
William Hurt => Jeb

Random Trivia For This Title:

  • [?] Ian Somerhalder, Dane DeHaan, [?] Thomas McDonell and [?] Augustus Prew auditioned for Ian, which eventually went to Jake Abel.
  • [?] Shiloh Fernandez, Liam Hemsworth, Kit Harington, Jai Courtney and [?] Wilson Bethel auditioned for the lead male role, Jared, which eventually went to Max Irons.
  • Although at first reported as such, this was actually not the last movie [?] Roger Ebert reviewed before his death. As reported by [?] Jim Emerson, the last review Ebert wrote was for [?] Terrence Malick's To the Wonder. However, the Review for The Host was the last review that was published before his death.
  • [?] Dianna Agron auditioned for the role of Melanie Stryder.
  • Eva Green, Hayley Atwell and Claire Danes turned down the role of The Seeker.
  • When Melanie jumps through the window to escape the seekers at the beginning of the movie, she is seen falling several stories and creating a crater in the cement pavement. At the very beginning of the end credits, the camera pulls away from a planet and it is the exact crater shape as the one Melanie made when she fell.
  • Emily Browning, who portrays Pet in this film, was Stephenie Meyer's original choice for the role of Bella Swan in Twilight, but she turned it down.