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The Host [HD DVD]
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Bong Joon-ho's THE HOST is a giddy revelation--an inspired and unexpectedly moving contribution to the monster movie genre. Several years ago, a crooked government official from the United States ordered the dumping of toxic substances into Seoul's Han River. Years later, the hapless Gang-du (Song Kang-ho) is working at his father's food stand along the river, caring for his bright daughter Hyun-seo (Ko A-sung). But one day, a monstrous creature emerges from the water and embarks on a murderous rampage throughout the community, swallowing Hyun-seo whole. Gang-du's bullish younger brother Park Nam-il (Park Hae-il) and sister Nam-joo (Bae Doo-na) condemn him for being such a failure, while their father angrily chastises them for being so cruel. But when Gang-du receives a cell phone call from Hyun-seo, the family must band together to reclaim her. Unfortunately, at this stage, the government has announced that the monster is the host of a dangerous virus, and anyone who has come into contact with it--namely Gang-du--must be isolated. As the monster continues to wreak havoc on Seoul, Gang-du, his father, and his siblings must learn to work together to bring Hyun-seo home. Bong Joon-ho's third film, after BARKING DOGS NEVER BITE and MEMORIES OF MURDER, firmly establishes his status as one of the world's most gifted storytellers. Not simply a monster movie spectacle--though it is certainly that and then some--THE HOST also works as a poignant family drama and a biting critique of America's invasion of Iraq.
- for creature violence and language.
Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 10101
Kang-ho Song, Song Kang-ho, Byun Hee-bong, Bae Hae-il, Bae Doo-na, Ko A-sung
"[A] surprisingly stirring drama about family honor and loyalties....THE HOST evolves into that rare horror film that's also inconsolably poignant."
3.5 stars out of 5 -- "[P]art of what makes it so enjoyable is how much stuff it contains while never losing sight of its prime directive, which is to thrill and terrify."
"This wildly entertaining saga should become the hip, thinking-person's monster movie of choice." -- Grade: A-
3.5 stars out of 4 -- "There is an appealingly absurdist quality to the film but also a dark undertone that taps into deeply held fears of monsters..."
3.5 stars out of 4 -- "[The film defines] horror for the new millennium. This you have to see."
3 stars out of 5 -- "[A] darkly comic, bittersweet, tragic monster movie about a family's attempts to rescue a little girl from a mutant creature..."
"A delicious, often darkly funny combination of monster movie and dysfunctional family drama..."
Sight and Sound
4 stars out of 5 -- "[T]he digital effects and direction are both stunning..."
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