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The Host: A Different Kind of Alien Inhabits Humans Movie
Ahhh, The Host. I liked it. I give it three stars for its heady, psychological approach. It is a "thinking person's" alien movie. No gore, a little violence and blood and suspense just enough to keep it intriguing. The movie reminded me of another much older approach to aliens, The Abyss. The aliens there and in this movie are of the peaceful kind but know little of human emotions. They are not evil looking but beautiful to look at.
The aliens in this movie have come to Earth to save it from human destruction and only a few humans have not yet been infected with the alien being that is inserted through a small cut. The only evidence of the transformation is their eyes, which light up. They also act rather docile and emotionless. They drive cars and helicopters and are trying to infect the remaining humans left.
Much of the movie is shot in beautiful Arizona or Utah with desert scenes and rock formations, this is where the large human enclave live.
The interesting thing about this alien theme, that has been done so many times before, is that once the human is occupied, the main character of the movie becomes a sort of benign schizophrenic with the human and alien personality. On screen, once possessed, is the alien in human form but much of the dialog is between the alien and the off screen voice of the human "soul" who refused to vacate because of love for family and a boyfriend. At times, it is quite funny because the alien knows little about love and affection and when it encounters it...
Of course, the aliens who possess humans are not suppose to allow human traits cloud their own soul, but this become more and more difficult if the human soul refuses to vacate. The main character begins to like being "human" and the her adversary who is chasing her down finds herself falling to a human trait called killing and driven to find the main character who defects to the human side.
The heart of the movie is love. The main character, Melanie, who is occupied by the alien, who takes on the name Wanda. When the Seeker finds them, she becomes a prisoner herself and instead of killing her (as they have done) Wanda extracts the alien from the body and sends it off into space. She then hopes to return Melanie back to her body by occupying another human body. Wanda wants to live with humans as friends or lovers, not conquer them.
The Seekers want to conquer by occupation.
Special effects are minimal and the acting is great. The movie has all the elements to keep it from bogging down. No horror here, just alien love.