Host, The
Three generations of a family run a poor old snack stand in the middle of a river park. After a giant monster attacks the banks of the city the youngest of the family is taken and thought for dead. The family is shipped off to a quarantine where they are tested and tested for potential diseases until the fathers cell phone rings and it's from his captured little girl who is trapped deep within the sewers of the city. The family must escape the quarantine after no one believes them and find there lost daughter.

This was an absolutely amazing movie. Taking a genre so far flushed down the toilet and rekindling it into a movie with so much depth and width that it will forever change Asian filmmaking.

When looking up The Host on imdb and under the category of genre you will see that the film covers almost every type known to man. Sometimes you laugh, cry, fear, love, hate, and cheer. The genres are unforced in the script and placed so carefully within the characters themselves that it marries perfectly with an Asian monster movie.

This was an amazing ride and I highly recommend. I give it the highest honor Shea can give.
Reviewed by: shea
13 Comment(s)
Paul said...
Another one I owe you for Shea, this is on my top 50.

I love this movie, because as much as this is a monster movie, it's not about the monster, it's about the people. I was blown away by the various characters that compromised this story, each different and valuable in their own way, with only one trait in common, that they are a family.

The special effects are great, and the story is so well told with many chapters to it. Excellent performances all around, a character-driven story for sure.
Shea said...
Yeah man...i definitely agree. I have only seen this once too and it was in the theater. We should watch it together soon.

I loved the scene in the tain when the father...you know...

Also the ending with the road sign as a...cough...and the flames...burp..

OH OH and the little girl and boy trapped and th bodies keep coming.
Paul said...
ahh yes...and let's not forget the vomiting of countless bones.
Paul said...
I have to say this too. I love when the family breaks up, and we get to see each one search for the girl in their own way. We see how intuitive and resourceful the older brother is, and we how determined and skilled the sister is.
Nick said...
I've been hearing more and more about this movie... I totally need to go out and see this one.

But just curious... does the monster look all cheesy and/or fake, or is it actually a pretty cool looking monster (I'm assuming from the perfect score that it's awesome)?
Shea said...
I will let Paul back me on this one...

But I thought the monster was great. An original look fish thing. Maybe some low budgetness here and there but it wont even budge how you feel about the story and characters.
Paul said...
Yeah Nick, I'd agree with Shea. It's certainly not anything groundbreaking, but neither will it look out of place. For a non-Hollywood production it's impressive, there's a lot of detail put into it, even how it runs and moves. As Shea said, definitely a cool and unique design to it as well.
Andy said...
I loved The Host. Like everyone has said...the story and characters were great and an original monster. Some of the shots are incredible too.
Nick said...
Well, I bought it (and about 3 other foreign flicks that were rather cheap... for the most part). I'll let y'all know what I think after I watch it.

By the way, if you're curious, I also bought Audition (twisted-ass movie!), Cinema Paradiso (because I haven't seen it yet and I need to), and La Femme Nikita (because I can't claim to be as big of a Luc Besson fan as I do and not have seen this yet).
Adam said...
I guess I should watch this again. I'll be flat-out honest - I watched it and was entertained, but I really didn't get THAT much out of it. I liked it in the vein of stuff like Gremlins and Critters and the classic 'creature feature,' but maybe I need another viewing to really appreciate it.

As for the monster, it is cool looking - but it's quality is kind of cheesy in my opinion. Obviously this can't be helped, because of the extremely poor budget, but I wish there would have been more practical effects.

I'll be interested to see what they do with The Host 2, but who knows.

We should probably watch Dragon Wars... someone needs to review it, ha.
Adam said...
It was really well done though, I thought - forgot to mention that. The way the camera moved around the monster was quite interesting. I remember the part where it scales the bleachers or whatever, that was very cool.

Paul, netflix Dragon Wars... haha.
Nick said...
Just finished watching it. I thought it was great (though a few things could have been done a bit better). And the ending was depressing. And there were a few things that reminded me of Cloverfield (though this one was done first).

I'll have a fuller review up at my blog sometime. I plan on doing an Asian Cinema Week in the near future.
Alrighty! My review is up over at the blog. Check it out!