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The Host / Gwoemul
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Directed By
Joon-ho Bong

Written By:
Joon-ho Bong, Chul-hyun Baek

Cast:
Kang-ho Song, Hie-bong Byeon, Hae-il Park, Du-na Bae, Ah-sung Ko, David Joseph Anselmo, Dal-su Oh, Brian Rhee, Scott Wilson, Pil-Sung Yim


 
The Host / Gwoemul (2007)
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Movie Review by BillyBob
February 16th, 2012

A POLITICAL MUTATION? AND KOREANS CAN'T ACT!

Yep. If I were an American I'd be kinda pissed to find out that THE HOST was (in part) an angry statement from the Koreans about the US Military being in their country.

This film's anti-American message was partly inspired by an incident from way back in 2000 where a Korean mortician (working for the US Military in Seoul) was instructed to dump a large amount of formaldehyde down the drain..... (End of story?)

To cut down on its soaring production costs no sets were built when it came to the many scenes that took place down within the city's sewer system. These sewers were the real thing, folks. And, because of that, the entire cast had to be innoculated beforehand for tetanus. They also had to endure the horrid sewage stench while they immersed themselves in freezing cold water for extended periods of time.

The 3 star rating that I gave THE HOST rests solely on the strength of its fantastic mutant monster and this beast's ferocious appetite, and for nothing else, but that. The actors in this film were atrociously awful, one and all.

For comedy-relief (?) - The cross-eyed surgeon really killed me. But, on the other hand, when it came to full-blown "heroics", having a filthy, nose-picking streetperson taking his part (with the container of gasoline) in saving the day, that was a truly repulsive touch which director JOON-HO BONG could've clearly done without.

I don't know about you, but, personally, I think that the monster wasn't given nearly as much screen-time as it deserved. No, he/she/it wasn't.

Far too often in this picture there were way too many lapses into unendurable moments of some of the lousiest acting imaginable from completely unattractive and incompetent Korean actors.

And, on a final note - Reducing the virus (that was apparently being spread by those who came into contact with the monster) to nothing more than mere "misinformation" was one of the wimpiest wimp-outs that I've ever seen in a Creature Feature (of this one's magnitude) in a long, long time.

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