What a refreshingly personal story for such a commercialized and spectacle-focused genre. In an age when every monster movie seems made to sell toys, The Host communicate’s Joon-ho’s genuine love for truly creepy creatures, as well as his beliefs about America’s effect on Korean society.
While at first I felt the iPhone quality and camerawork was obvious and distracting, as the movie continued I was pulled into the story and forgot about those “distractions.” By the end of the film, it was hard for me to believe what I knew going in: that this film was shot on an iPhone.
I really enjoyed the twists and turns of this movie. It was the opposite of predictable, even if it did require a little suspension of disbelief. Also, Michael Douglas and Sean Penn have some great scenes together, both bringing their talents to bear on this toxic brother-to-brother relationship. I don’t know if I’ve ever seen a movie that has lied to me more than this one, and I was weirdly ok with it when it came clean in the end.