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When not idling above ground, "The Host" confines itself to an underground series of caves that look like soundstage sets (and not enough of them). There's a river, too, resembling one of those lazy rivers at a Wisconsin Dells water park.
Speaking of talking to yourself ... "The Host" is all about voices in your head. Written by "Twilight" creator Meyer, and adapted for the screen by director
Then the darndest thing happens: Melanie and Wanderer become frenemies, and Melanie arm-twists the interplanetary visitor in her body, and head, to escape the lair of the Seekers and return to Melanie's cave-dwelling survivalist clan, including her sullen boyfriend (Max Irons) and little brother (
Then the second-darndest thing happens: "Wanda," the newly nicknamed Wanderer subletting Melanie's body, falls in love with Ian (
Typical dialogue: "Wanderer!" "Yes, Seeker?" I confess to siding with the occupying forces on this one. Cooler cars, better fashion sense. What's not to like? As with "Twilight," Meyer's romantic fantasies are often very violent and only occasionally sexual, and even less often honestly so.
Director Niccol made the peppy science-fiction tale
Who knows? The movie may well find its audience the way "Twilight" did at the multiplexes and thereafter. But be warned. At one point, a title card pops up on the screen: MONTHS LATER. And you think: Holy Kenosha! How many more months of "The Host" can a humanoid take?