The Host

From the same writer that gave us that crap known as Twilight, sorry money making crap, comes the story of The Host. The movie is based on the book of the same name which Stephenie Meyer had released in 2008. In it, the earth has been invaded by a parasitical alien race known as ‘Souls’ and they have taken over all of the earth and control all but a handful of humans. Written and directed by┬áAndrew Niccol, the film stars┬áSaoirse Ronan,┬áMax Irons,┬áJake Abel,┬áWilliam Hurt, and┬áDiane Kruger. Unlike Twilight movies, The Host has not done well has been universally panned by critics. I shudder to think why. Anyway let’s take a look at this film.

Ok so sometime in the future this extraterrestrial parasitic aliens called “Souls”, arrive on earth and have taken over most of the humans. To identify someone who has been taken over by an alien, you just need to look at their eyes – a silver ring forms around the pupil of those whose bodies have been take over. Pretty soon all but a few handful of humans remain –┬á but the earth is peaceful for once. The aliens do not quarrel, fight or bicker. There are no wars, no hostilities, no illness, the environment is healed, no hunger, no violence – it’s ‘perfect’ because of the aliens who deemed us to be “too violent” and took over. This is when the alien Soul known as Wanderer is implanted into the body of a young woman named Melanie Stryder, who is dying, injured while trying to escape from a patrol of Soul controlled people. Wanderer can still hear Melanie talking to her and since the latter’s will is so strong, she is not easily controlled like the vast majority of humans. There is a struggle for control of the body and also a lady known as Seeker, is trying to get information about more humans in hiding from Melanie’s memory through Wanderer. Wanderer will only give partial information to Seeker, partly because of Melanie’s please and partly because she is a compassionate alien.

Wanderer learns that Melanie was captured while traveling with her brother, Jamie and her boyfriend, Jared Howe, to find Melanie’s uncle Jeb in the desert. However since Melanie is too strong, Seeker says that she will remove Wanderer from her body and infuse herself with Melanie. After Melanie begs for help, Wanderer escapes in the night and heads out to the desert and after crashing the car, she walks for miles. She is found by Jeb and his band of survivors, among which are Melanie’s younger brother Jaime, boyfriend Jared and aunt┬á who distrust Wanderer and keep her a prisoner but she manages to win them over slowly and finally has to convince them that Melanie is still alive. Ofcourse then you have the love triangle – Melanie still loves her boyfriend Jared but to confuse things Wanderer falls in love with a young man named Ian. Weird right? Wanderer is almost killed by a hostile human named Kyle but she survives and even helps to rescue him. Having gained the trust of the humans, she is later appalled when she sees that in their lab they are trying to remove the aliens from their human hosts, failing and killing both. When Jaime becomes ill due to a cut on his leg that becomes infected, Wanderer heads to a alien run hospital along with Ian & jared and steals medicine to heal him. When they get back they find Seeker waiting for them and although she attacks them, Jeb shoots her. Later Wanderer shows the humans how to remove the alien safely from a host – coax them with love and peace! (I almost barfed at this point) The alien comes out willingly and Lacey, the human regains control of her body.

hey then send the Seeker to a planet far enough from Earth that it will never return within anyone’s lifetime. Although Wanderer wants to die and asks the doctor to ensure that she is killed, when she is removed from Melanie, she is infused with a dying human named Pet, a human who was left brain-dead after the Soul inside her was removed, thereby ensuring that Wanderer can live without harming another soul. Initially dismayed, as she has wanted to die having lived for so long in so many alien host bodies, Wanderer accepts what they did. Now with a body of her own, she and Ian form a relationship, while Melanie is finally reunited with Jared. The movie ends, several months later, with the four young people being caught by Souls who appear to be Seekers, but when confronted by one, do not notice his unusual practice of brandishing a gun. After being searched, they discover that the group are actually a team of surviving humans, who reveal that there are several other groups as well. The Soul who is with them reveals that he has sided with the flourishing human resistance, as Wanderer has, and they may not be the last to do so.

I found some of the stuff incredibly corny and silly concepts for serious science fiction and it really focuses more on the romance aspects of things. Disappointed but what did I expect? This author has reduced fearsome vampires to become sparkly little teenage boys! Anyway, visually I have no complaints as it is a stunning movie to look at but it offers hardly any value. I do like some of the alien concept though, not too much. Hmmm I shall give it a 5.5 outta 10!

Weather Change On A Large Scale

By now most of you would have read reports & seen some of the images of snow hitting Egypt – for the first time in 112 years! A severe winter storm which hit the Middle East recently has blanketed much of the desert in snow. The storm, referred to as Alexa, which began on December 11, has resulted in significant snowfall in areas of Egypt, Turkey, Lebanon, Jordan, Israel, Syria and the Palestinian territories. And there are climate change / global warming deniers in this world? The fact that us humans have done a lot to change & affect the natural course of the climate on our planet is beyond any doubt for anyone with half a brain but there are some idiots, and it seems mostly in the US, who stick by their stupid belief that we can’t do anything on a global scale. I used to wonder why the climate change deniers stick to their ideas – it is really simple!

There is the fuel industry funded climate change deniers.The relationship between industry-funded denial and public climate change skepticism has been compared to earlier efforts by the tobacco industry to undermine scientific evidence on the dangers of secondhand smoke, and linked as a direct continuation of these earlier financial relationships. A growing and dangerous anti-science movement that appears to originate from adherence to a variety of social, political, and religious doctrines that favor alternate realities. There are also the highly religious cause of denial – they refuse to believe that man can change or alter something that their “god” has created on a large scale for the planet. Which ever way you look at it, these people will cause the death of this planet if they don’t open their eyes.

With the scenes of snow in Egypt I was left wondering when if ever would we see snow in tropical Kerala, where I live? We have never ever seen snow in this part of the world. The only time I myself have seen snow is when my family visited relatives in England back in the winter of 1978 – I was a little over 2 years old and do not remember any of it. Maybe someday I shall see snow and feel it beneath my feet ….. or shoes, I don’t wanna get frostbite!