Friday, January 4, 2008

Favorites of '07: Foreign Film - The Host

I saw a lot of great foreign films this year but this one from Korea takes the cake. "The Host" is a excellent monster movie. Toxic chemicals get released in the Han River and years later a mutant squid creature emerges. The film centers on a family who runs a snack shop next to the river. One day the mysterious monster emerges and causes panic, death, and destruction. The monster captures the youngest member of the family, and is presumed dead. When the family hears of hope that she might be still alive, they band together and try to rescue her.
"The Host" has earned the right as one of the greatest creature features of all time. It can stand alongside classics such as "Jaws" and "Creature from the Black Lagoon". The movie stays fresh with mixtures of old school scare tactics and a few jumps along with nail biting moments that I did not expect or see coming. An added bonus too is that the movie is funny, the comedy is well paced through the entire film. A good time should be had by all if you watch this movie. "The Host" gets an A! Enjoy!!!! ~COX

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