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"THE HOST"
(2013) (Saoirse Ronan, Diane Kruger) (PG-13)


At-A-Glace Content Summary

Alcohol/Drugs None
Blood/Gross Stuff Heavy
Disrespectful/Bad Attitude Extreme
Frightening/Tense Scenes Moderate
Gun/Weapons Heavy
Imitative Behavior Heavy
Jump Scenes Minor
Music (Scary/Tense) Moderate
Music (Inappropriate) None
Profanity Mild
Sex/Nudity Heavy
Smoking None
Tense Family Scenes Heavy
Topics to Talk About Moderate
Violence Heavy


QUICK TAKE:
Sci-Fi: After alien entities have conquered Earth and taken over the bodies of most humans, a young woman finds herself trapped in her own body and fights for control over her actions all while dealing with resistance fighters who cast a wary eye on her.
PLOT:
Earth is at peace. There's no war, poverty or hunger, but that's because alien entities have conquered the planet and taken over the bodies of nearly everyone and thus control their actions and behavior. But a handful of resistance fighters are still on the run, including Melanie (SAOIRSE RONAN), her younger brother Jamie (CHANDLER CANTERBURY) and their new friend, Jared (MAX IRONS).

Wanting complete compliance, some of the aliens are assigned to find them and others and have their own kind -- that look like sparkly sea anemones -- inserted into those host bodies. The most determined is The Seeker (DIANE KRUGER) who eventually captures Melanie and puts an alien known as Wanderer into her body. The Seeker wants Wanderer to explore Melanie's memories to find other holdouts, but neither have expected Melanie's consciousness to still exist within her body.

Melanie eventually convinces Wanderer to travel to Texas to meet another alien, but she's really hoping they'll find Jamie, Jared and Melanie's uncle, Jeb (WILLIAM HURT). They eventually do, but Jeb's followers, including the likes of Jamie, Ian (JAKE ABEL) and Kyle (BOYD HOLBROOK) want to kill the alien (and thus Melanie's body as well).

Jeb senses something different with this alien and thus orders she not be harmed. Melanie tries to figure out how to connect with her family and the others while trapped inside the alien takeover, but must also contend with Ian falling for the alien who's now been nicknamed Wanda. As that plays out, they must all contend with The Seeker and others of her kind attempting to find and eradicate all of them.

WILL KIDS WANT TO SEE IT?
Tween and younger teen girls might be, especially once they realize this is from the same author who penned the "Twilight" series.
WHY THE MPAA RATED IT: PG-13
For some sensuality and violence.


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