Monday, October 6, 2014

Review: The Host (2006)

The Host (Review)
Bong Joon-ho/Song Kang-ho/2006
Where to Watch:
Netflix Streaming
Amazon Prime

"...thrilling, funny, and, most importantly, very entertaining."

Illegally dumped chemicals in the Han River spawn an amphibious creature. This monster kidnaps the daughter of Park Gang-du (Song Kang-ho), who runs a small snack-bar nearby...

The Host continues as Park Gang-du and his brother, sister, and father as they begin tracking the location of Hyun-seo (Go Ah-sung), Gang-du's daughter. Originally believed to have been eaten by the creature, Hyun-seo was able to call Gang-du and let him know that she was trapped in a large sewer. Off of that tip, the family head out, dodging the authorities hot on their trail, to kill the monster and save Hyun-seo. Of course, the family isn't the brightest around, which causes some issues in their plans. This humorous and thrilling creature feature leads to a decent ending -- it does feel a little off, mostly due to the tone of the film, but it works.

The Host is a creature feature. It's a blend of horror, thriller, and comedy. There's plenty of suspense during the action sequences, a few thrills during the chase sequences, and it's all drenched in black humor. The moment the creature emerged from the river, for example, was epic and suspenseful, and one scene was very humorous. It does feel somewhat unbalanced due to the overwhelming humor, which usually consists of family bickering and Gang-du's incompetence. But, I'd be lying if I said I didn't laugh out loud at least a handful of times and didn't have a smirk on my face for the rest. Otherwise, it's a fairly paced film with a lot of entertainment value.

Song Kang-ho delivers a great performance, as usual, despite playing a bit of cliché. Go Ah-sung, who is wonderful in Snowpiercer, was most impressive -- she really shines with her charismatic and genuine acting. The music is great, I really enjoyed the versatile and well-fitted soundtrack. The film is absolutely beautiful -- the camera angles, the camerawork, and the cinematography overall is stunning. Director Bong Joon-ho is great; he paints a vivid picture and delivers an exciting monster film; it could've used some fine-tuning, though, especially when balancing its many elements.

Overall, The Host is a great film. It's thrilling, funny, and, most importantly, very entertaining. The humor may drive away some viewers, but those accustomed to this brand of humor, as well as those who know about the humor ahead of time, will find pure enjoyment.

Score: 8/10
Parental Guide: Some strong violence and blood.

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