The Host

Movie review by Cynthia Fuchs, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 17+

South Korean creature feature is wild and witty.

R 2007 119 minutes

Parents say

age 13+

Based on 5 reviews

Kids say

age 12+

Based on 14 reviews

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Community Reviews

age 12+

very overrated

This movie really looked like it was going to be good, there was lots of positive reviews from critics on the back of the dvd, the trailer looked good, and it seemed like i was in for a treat, well, i wasnt. The host is about two Korean scientists who dump a bunch of waste or acid into a lake, and the next day, a monster jumps out of the same lake, and starts attacking people, and it kidnaps a little girl. Ok first problem, how come out of all the thousands of hundreds of fish in that lake, only ONE is affected by the acid?. Second, the monster looks like a giant toad mixed with a cat fish, it really looks pathetic, the cgi is really bad too. Third, "the host" jumps everywhere, i mean, one minute, its a horror film, the next minute, its a comedy, the next minute its a drama, I mean, some movies can actually pull that off, but "the host" couldn't. Fourth, This movie is BORING, i mean, theres no suspense to it, for a long period in the movie, the monster isn't even on screen, its just the stupid family members of the kidnapped girl driving around and saying the stupidest dialogue ever. Anyway, as far as parental concern, this movie has some blood when the monster kills people, there is some strong language, but its not frequent, and theres no sexual content, i guess its OK for 12 and up. Bottom line is, the host is heavily overrated and it annoys me how they actually compare this movie with JAWS, yup, they compare a lackluster monster flick like the host to a masterpiece like jaws, anyway, horror fans will be disappointed, comedy fans will be disappointed, oh heck, basically any one with a good taste in movies, don't waste your time or money on this crap.
age 13+

The Host

This is a perfect monster movies for teens.

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