The Host

Based on author Stephenie Meyer's follow-up to her phenomenally successful Twilight vampire series, this romantic sci-fi thriller replaces vampires with aliens

Based on author Stephenie Meyer’s follow-up to her phenomenally successful Twilight vampire series, this romantic sci-fi thriller replaces vampires with aliens.

Played by Saiorse Ronan, the story’s feisty teenage heroine is torn between two hunky suitors, because an alien soul has taken possession of her body. She fancies one guy, while the alien is drawn to the other.

Borrowing from Invaders of the Body Snatchers, Meyer wrings some chills from the notion of a parasitic alien race taking over human bodies and erasing their minds and memories.

Max Irons and Jake Abel make rather bland romantic leads, but Ronan does an excellent job of conveying her dual characters’ frisky internal dialogue, while Diane Kruger’s alien Seeker and William Hurt’s rebel leader also make strong impressions.

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