Blu-ray Review “The Host”

thehost-bluActors: Saoirse Ronan, Jake Abel, Max Irons, Boyd Holbrook, Frances Fisher
Directors: Andrew Niccol
Rated: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
Studio: Universal Studios
DVD Release Date: July 9, 2013
Run Time: 125 minutes

Film: 1 out of 5 stars
Extras: 1.5 out of 5 stars

As a guy, I should hate Stephenie Meyer for giving the world “Twilight” and ruining vampires. But I honestly do not have a problem with those films, in fact I quite enjoy them (except “Breaking Dawn: Part 1”). I was intriguer by “The Host” since it has that sci-fi futuristic angle but I had no idea what I got myself into. This film is a saggy, bloated two hour mess. The film looked ok in the beginning talking about aliens etc and then it just fell into this terribly boring love triangle story.  I thank God for “Angry Birds” since it saved me from turning this film off after the first 30 minutes.  Do not recommend for any men to watch this film and women maybe if they have had a proper nap and looking for trash to watch.

Official Premise: From Stephenie Meyer, the creator of the worldwide phenomenon The Twilight Saga, comes this daring and romantic thriller based on The New York Times #1 bestselling novel. When an unseen enemy threatens mankind by taking over humans’ bodies and erasing their minds, Melanie Stryder (Saoirse Ronan) risks everything to protect the people she cares about most, proving that love can conquer all in a dangerous new world. The Host is a passionate and powerful epic love story co-starring Diane Kruger, Jake Abel, Frances Fisher, Max Irons and William Hurt.

Despite being a terrible film, “The Host” does have a nice 1080p transfer. Besides the film shot in the city, the rest of the film is just in the desert so there is nothing spectacular about the scenery.  The DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 works for the dialogue and the one or two boring action scenes. Universal delivered this release as a combo pack with a Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy + UltraViolet. The special features are limp just like the film.  There is an audio commentary track with Author/producer Stephenie Meyer, screenwriter/director Andrew Niccol and producer Nick Wechsler, which is more boring than the film. There are four short meaningless deleted scenes.  There is a very short behind-the-scenes look with “Bringing The Host to Life”. Lastly there is a “Seeker PSA”

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