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The Host

Rated PG-13 125 minutes 2013

Twilight author Stephenie Meyer wrote the source novel for this sci-fi adventure, which speaks to the 14-year-old girl in all of us (well, not me). After space aliens arrive on earth and commandeer nearly every human body—break out the iridescent contact lenses—a young woman (Saoirse Ronan) finds herself sharing her own skin with an alien. A daring escape enables her to hide in the desert with a rebel colony of humans that has learned how to grow wheat in a subterranean cave and is populated with impossibly cute boys. As in Twilight, a romantic triangle ensues, with the amusing twist that each of her inhabiting selves loves a different guy (Max Irons, Jake Abel); the voices arguing in her head generate a lot of unintended comedy. Andrew Niccol (Gattaca) directed, which means that every interior is sparer than a Danish art museum; with Diane Kruger, William Hurt, and Frances Fisher.

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Director: Andrew Niccol

Producer: Nick Wechsler, Steve Schwartz, Paula Schwartz, Stephanie Meyer, Jim Seibel, Bill Johnson, Marc Butan, Claudia Blüemhuber and Ray Angelic

Cast: Saoirse Ronan, Jake Abel, Max Irons, Frances Fisher, Chandler Canterbury, William Hurt, Diane Kruger, Boyd Holbrook, Bokeem Woodbine, Scott Lawrence, J.D. Evermore, Rachel Roberts, Shyaam Karra, Brent Williams, Stephen Rider, Jaylen Moore, Stephen Conroy, Lee Hardee, Mustafa Harris and Tatanka Means


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