Stephenie Meyers’ Twilight follow-up sidesteps most alien bodysnatching clichés. Unfortunately, it does so via a bizarre love quadrangle between rebel human Melanie (Ronan); Wanda, the alien “Soul” inhabiting Melanie’s body; and two bland, indistinguishable men (Abel/Irons), all holed up in a bunker for what feels like eternity. Ronan tries her best but can’t save a film dominated by her (literal) internal conflict playing out in voiceover.
The Host (Seelen) | Directed by Andrew Niccol (US 2013) with Saoirse Ronan, Jake Abel, Max Irons, Diane Kruger. Starts June 13.
Originally published in issue #117, June 2013.