|Genre: Action/Adventure, Art/Foreign, Science Fiction/Fantasy, Suspense/Horror and Thriller |
|Running Time: 119 min. |
|Release Date: 03/09/2007 (Limited) |
MPAA Rating: R for Creature violence and language
Distributor: Magnolia Pictures
When a young girl is snatched away from her father by a horrifying giant monster that emerges from the River Han to wreak havoc on Seoul, her entire family sets out to locate the beast and bring their little girl back home to safety in South Korean director Bong Joon-ho's big-budget creature feature.
Watching The Host, I think I laughed more than was scared but unlike many other Asian monster movies, the creature in this one was a far cry from a man in a Godzilla suit kicking down model buildings. This thing was a twisted blend of T Rex and tadpole, swung from bridgework like Spiderman and had an appetite for people that would have made a crazed mob of zombies proud.
The animation was the highlight of the movie but the team that hunted the monster made this a truly enjoyable film. An aging father leads his two sons, a moron and a drunk, along with his “day late and dollar short” bow toting daughter through the sewers of South Korea in search of his granddaughter who was stolen by the creature early on. This group was so dysfunctional that made the family in Little Miss Sunshine seem almost normal.
There was clearly some social commentary going on as well. This included an uncaring and corrupt political system, an inept military and several shots taken at the US and UN for their heavy handed global policies. I read reviews before going to see this one and many said this would begin a new generation of monster movies. I’m not sure about that, but by combining themes from its predecessors, The Host delivers a fun and thrilling night out at the theatre.Grade: B+
04/08/2007 - Bob Stanza