Hey look, there’s a new poster and trailer out for Andrew Niccol’s big screen adaptation of Twilight author Stephanie Meyer’s alien invasion story The Host. And just a day before the release of Breaking Dawn -Part 2. What a total random happenstance!
Seriously though, I don’t think there’s a single movie coming out in 2013 that has me more conflicted about my excitement levels for it. Andrew Niccol’s Gattaca is a modern classic, but In Time was just a mess. Meyer’s premise for The Host holds tons of potential but, well… Twilight.
And this new trailer is sure as Hades not helping me to settle this conflict either, with a mixed bag of good and bad.
Based on the best-selling novel by “Twilight Saga” author Stephenie Meyer, “The Host” is a riveting story about the survival of love and the human spirit in a time of war. Our world has been invaded by an unseen enemy. Humans become hosts for these invaders, their minds taken over while their bodies remain intact. Most of humanity has succumbed.
Since that synopsis is about as effective as a moist towelette when it comes to conveying what the actual story is about, here’s the synopsis for the book which does a much better job:
Melanie Stryder refuses to fade away. The earth has been invaded by a species that take over the minds of human hosts while leaving their bodies intact. Wanderer, the invading “soul” who has been given Melanie’s body, didn’t expect to find its former tenant refusing to relinquish possession of her mind.
As Melanie fills Wanderer’s thoughts with visions of Jared, a human who still lives in hiding, Wanderer begins to yearn for a man she’s never met. Reluctant allies, Wanderer and Melanie set off to search for the man they both love.
Featuring one of the most unusual love triangles in literature, THE HOST is a riveting and unforgettable novel about the persistence of love and the essence of what it means to be human.
I really, really loved the first teaser trailer for this. It was intriguing, dramatic and most importantly, did not focus on soppy love stories scored to cheesy pop rock. Having never read the book, and going on a few comments I had seen online, I had really hoped that this would lean more towards the sci-fi “Body Snatchers” angle, and not so much the Twilight styled love triangle angle, but unfortunately, based on this trailer, the the direction appears to be the latter.
Saoirse Ronan and Diane Kruger are both solid actresses and I really want Niccol to return his awesome ways, so it may be that I’m wrong, this is just a trailer after all.
Yeah, probably not.