The Host

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Man has made his newest predator The Park family seem to lead a quite ordinary and peaceful life; well, maybe a little poorer than the average Seoul citizens. Park Hee-bong (played by Byun Hee-bong) is a man in his late 60s running a small snack bar on the banks of the Seoul's Han River and, living with his two sons, daughter and granddaughter. Hee-bong's elder son Gang-du ( Song Gang-ho) is an immature and incompetent man in his 40s, whose wife left home long ago. Nam-il (by Park Hae-il) is the youngest son, an unemployed grumbler, and daughter Nam-joo (by Bae Du-na) is an archery medallist and member of the national team. What the three generations of the Park clan doesn't know, is that a bloodthirsty mutant of indeterminate origin is about to rise up unannounced from the Han River. When the creature abducts the granddaughter and the dysfunctional remnants of the group decide to come together to save her, so begins a terrifying lesson of a new concept of family... Echoing the jet-black B-movie horror comedy of Tremors, Bong Joon-ho (best known in Europe for his excellent serial killer thriller Memories Of Murder) gives the time-honoured creature feature an intoxicating spin with buckets of blood, brilliant comedic touches and a healthy slice of biting social satire!
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30 out of 100  the host
siobhan from Tipperary, 04 Apr 2007
I really enjoyed this movie, being subtitled it may put some people off but shouldn't, it can be over the top but is quite funny and a little sad, a strange but very likeable film.

7 people out of 8 found this review helpful

40 out of 100  Cool madness
Sue from Waterford, 30 Mar 2007
Surreal predator, real people. Hope, love & bravery abound. Wrapped up and delivered with a zany sense of humour. Excellent. You quickly forget it's subtitled and just get into it.

5 people out of 5 found this review helpful

0 out of 10  Terrible
Joseph from Dublin, 15 Aug 2007
What a movie - everything is bad about it - over acting and a total unbelieveable story are only the start of it - believe me forget it !!!

5 people out of 7 found this review helpful

40 out of 100  Excellent
matthew from Kildare, 26 Jun 2007
This was a very good movie and enjoyable to watch. Reminded me of Godzilla,not the hollywood blockbuster but the cheesey 80s cartoon.

4 people out of 5 found this review helpful

40 out of 100  Amazing
frank from Wicklow, 30 May 2007
Hollywood will be looking at this next. super effects, humour and cast. up there with the best monster flicks

4 people out of 5 found this review helpful

30 out of 100  All over the place really.
Ciaran from Dublin, 24 Sep 2007
I wanted to like this more than I did. I think the problem I had was that it was just a bit too random in its approach. While the plot itself is simple there are elements thrown in that just seem out of place. For example, there is some undercurrent of a story about Govt actions and the US taking over etc but it's not at all developed and leaves you wondering why? But the central plot with the beast is quite interesting and there are a some very good scenes.

1 people out of 2 found this review helpful

10 out of 100  Unwatchable
michelle from Kildare, 21 Mar 2013
I couldn't bring myself to watch the entire movie, but saw enough to see how cheaply made, badly scripted and poorly acted it is. The stunts are really fake too, the alien seemed to be implanted from a video game. totally unconvincing, don't waste your time.

0 people out of 0 found this review helpful

10 out of 100  Avoid
Declan from Galway, 17 Jun 2008
It got some great reviews from America but you get the feeling that it's only because it's a foreign language film. It's poorly acted, scripted and just REALLY bad. Rent Cloverfield which is leagues better if you want to see a monster.

0 people out of 2 found this review helpful

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