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April 13, 2013

Weekend Reviews: 'Host' plot offers no surprise


It actually is almost as confusing as it sounds. And it only gets worse.

Melanie convinces Wanderer to escape from the quarters they’re being held in. They travel through a desert to return to the survivors’ camp, which is run by Melanie’s Uncle Jeb. Although she still looks like Melanie, the humans are able to see that she has been taken over because her eyes glow a silverish-blue.

Despite a large rift between those who want to kill her and those who believe that Melanie is still somewhere in her body, Wanderer (who is now nicknamed Wanda) is still able to develop very human feelings. 

These are influenced in large part by Melanie’s memories of Jared. Wanderer herself also develops feelings for another survivor, Ian, which makes for a very interesting and complicated love triangle, or rectangle, I suppose.

I went into the movie theater this past weekend with mixed expectations. The book definitely was more interesting than any of the “Twilight” books, but that wasn’t really saying much. I’ve also been a fan of the film’s star, Saiorse Rowan, for a while (her acting in “The Lovely Bones,” for one, was fantastic).

Unfortunately, not even she could save the film. I also thought the casting of Diane Kruger and William Hurt as the antagonistic Seeker and Uncle Jeb, respectively, would spice up what could very well be another sappy teen supernatural romance, but I was very wrong.

The film was just that, which I suppose is what it was going for. However, if you were hoping that the filmmakers would make greater strides to make a less laughable film, you are in for a great disappointment.

So, I advise you to save your money and avoid going to see this in the theaters. If you are that desperate to watch the numerous awkward make-out sessions and glowing eyes, you might as well wait for it to come out on DVD and rent it.   

Maggie McVey, a 2012 graduate of Oneonta High School, is a freshman at the State University College at Plattsburgh. ‘Teen Talk’ columns can be found at




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