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Monday, August 13, 2007

The Host

To celebrate one of my last free evenings for a while, I met up with a good friend of mine and we spontaneously went to the cinema.

We picked The Host in the cinema Riff Raff. This is a creature horror movie made in South Korea, which doesn't hesitate to dish out a good deal of criticism directed towards the US's take on world policies.

Some years after a huge amount of toxic waste was dropped in Han river a mutated creature appeared to get its revenge. The military is soon called in to evacuate the area, however, when an American soldier who was in contact with the beast dies from a mysterious virus, the situation starts to get drastic. Everyone present during the beast's first appearance is quarantined and the US government announces the use of Agent Yellow, a new weapon against biological warfare which should terminate any virus within a 12 mile radius.

The story focuses on 12 year-old Hyun-seo, who was abducted by the monster and deposited in the city's sewer system. Meanwhile her remaining family make an attempt to escape government observation and rescue her.

Even though there is quite a bit of gore in the movie, there are also many humorous scenes, and the monster's looks and moves are just awesome. So if you want to see what movie makers can accomplish outside of Hollywood and you can bear a seeing a little blood, then you should definitely watch it.

Rating: 8/10



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