Earth has been invaded. Melanie (Saoirse Ronan) is captured and infused with an alien ‘soul’ but does not entirely submit to her possessor. The composite girl escapes to find a last pocket of human resistance, which includes Melanie’s uncle Jeb (William Hurt), brother Jamie (Chandler Canterbury) and boyfriend Jared (Max Irons).
Though it trips over ridiculous, earnest romantic scenes – which will provoke callous giggles – and has a plot which collapses during the many slow spots when you have time to think about it, The Host isn’t completely dreadful. Ronan may be so on fire just now she can make just about anything work, but this still manages to rise above its source and be a half-way decent science fiction film.
Reviewed by Kim Newman
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