Touted as “one of the greatest monster movies ever made” by New York Magazine, The Host turned out to be pretty good. I was quite surprised. Usually when I find a monster movie on Netflix that isn’t a spoof, it turns out to be horrible. But oddly enough, The Host was worth watching if you don’t mind reading your movie and like monster movies.
Basically a gigantic fish-monster is created by the government and terrorizes everyone, capturing a little girl. The girl’s family decides to hunt down the creature and get her back. Matters are made more complicated by the government, which is trying to quarantine everyone because of a new virus, which they say is hosted by the monster.
I would describe this movie as a gritty Godzilla that is a bit easier to believe. The effects are pretty decent, and except for the head doctor, most of the characters are pretty believable, too. The most unbelievable thing in this movie is the way the government behaves; which becomes a big theme in this film.
At the end, we are left wondering just who the monster is. Is the monster the government, who created the creature, or the creature itself? The film strongly pushes for the former. All in all, however, if you like creature features, check this movie out!