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By Megan Bianco
With the Harry Potter and Twilight franchises over and the next chapter in the Hunger Games series not due in theaters until fall, the latest young adult fiction adaptation, The Host, does little to satisfy fans of the genre.
Following the mildly disappointing release of Beautiful Creatures last month, OpenRoad Films has released the film adaptation of Stephenie Meyer’s The Host, her first book since finishing Twilight. Like Twilight and The Hunger Games, a girl is set up for peril while embroiled in a love triangle.
In an alternate universe, aliens have begun to occupy humans’ bodies and erase their memories, thus killing them off. When Melanie Stryder (Saoirse Ronan) retains her human intelligence after an alien possesses her body, she convinces it to take her to where her family and boyfriend (Max Irons) are. But not everyone is convinced Melanie is still human. She is also hunted by the Seeker (Diane Kruger), who is driven to find humans.
Jake Abel, Frances Fisher and William Hurt co-star. Directed by Andrew Niccol, most famous for Gattaca (1997), The Host suffers from weak source material, with direction that drags on with not much action or romance. Irons and Abel are underused, though the film’s promos suggest a love plot. But the film is mostly Melanie talking to herself. Even two very talented actresses (Ronan and Kruger) can’t seem to make it entertaining.