Artist: Imagine Dragons
Written by: Alex da Kid, Ben McKee, Dan Reynolds, Daniel Wayne Sermon, and Josh Mosser
Source: “The Host” Soundtrack (2013) + “Night Visions” Album (2012)
Here’s where I lie with this upcoming March release, “The Host” I am stuck between wanting to see it and not, with both sides holding equal factors. The film’s story comes from Stephanie Meyer, the author of the “Twilight” saga, with her credit in the trailer, often getting a laugh in the theaters I attend. The “Twilight” series was a huge hit. I wanted nothing to do with it, books or films. Now, with “The Host,” I am unsure whether this is yet another dramatic science fiction fantasy or whether she created something worth seeing.
On the other hand, I enjoy director Andrew Niccol, whose credits include “The Truman Show” (1998) and “In Time” (2011). Although the latter got bad press, I enjoyed it for the most part. Also, the central selling point for me is this great trailer, which effectively presents its star, Saoirse Ronan, who looks stunning in this role. Also, the music for the trailer is phenomenal, provided by this year’s favorite new band, Imagine Dragons, with their third single, “Radioactive.”
Since I see most films, I will probably commit myself to seeing “The Host.” Whether I will enjoy it is a different question, relying primarily on the story’s focus. If it hones in on the science fiction and survival aspects apparent in the trailer, I will most likely enjoy myself. But if it becomes a revamp of “Twilight,” with dramatic relationships, jealousy, and poor dialogue, I will regret ever being conned by the marketing. Wherever I end up, it doesn’t change that this is a great trailer.