The Host (2006)

Reid, 5. April 2007, 20:12

Dir. Joon-ho Bong
4/10

This film did not live up to the hype (in this case all stars from the critics’ table in the Friday Honolulu Advertiser). I don’t recommend the film, although I’m sure some of you will like it more than I did, but I’m not sure who that will be. I should say that I had a higher expectations, and if I didn’t have them, I might have liked this a bit more (say, a 5 or 6).

***
The film was touted by several critics as an interesting mixing of genres. Yes, there is that element, but I didn’t think that it was particularly effective or orginal. Here was my big problem with the film: the look of the monster. It was this mutated and sluggish looking creature with a silly (not menacing) beak. Seriously, that ruined a lot of the suspense and horror aspects for me. That’s one of the dangers with making monster movies–if the monster looks silly, the movie won’t work. It’s not the stupidest looking monster I’ve seen, but it’s not good.

The other thing was that they reveal the look of this monster early on, and the show it quite often. That’s totally the opposite of a film like, Alien.

The comedic moments were sometimes funny and there was some tense moments, but overall I don’t think it was a very good film.

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