If you’re a fan of the horror genre, then you’re sure to enjoy The Host. Read on:
South Korean import The Host is an oddity even in a genre chock full of weird entries: it revolves around a mutated, man-eating, acrobatic trout. (Okay, maybe it’s not a trout but it’s a fish of some kind.) For that reason alone, The Host is a noteworthy entry in the monster movie genre.
Co-written and directed by Bong Joon-ho, The Host follows slacker Gang-du (Song Kang-ho), who works at his dad’s (Byun Hee-bong) waterfront food stand. Gang-du has a young daughter, Hyun-seo (Ko A-sung), an archery champ sister in Nam-Joo (Bae Doo-na) and an ambitious brother, Nam-il (Park Hae-il). All in all, life is not terribly challenging for the unmotivated Gang-du.
That all changes one day. Bedlam explodes when a terrifying, mysterious creature rises from the Han River and makes its way onshore, attacking the fleeing citizens. Among those lost in the monster’s path of destruction is Hyun-seo, who disappears after being snatched by the creature. Gang-du is riddled with guilt over his daughter’s disappearance and his brother does little to assuage that.
Things get worse once the government becomes involved. The agents round up everyone who was at the scene of the attack — including Gang-du and the remaining members of his family — and quarantine them. The government claims the creature is the host of some kind of mysterious virus and that they could all have been infected.
Gang-du’s spirits are raised when he gets a cell phone call from his daughter, who is still alive but trapped in some unknown location. Gang-du and his family escape the quarantine center and go in search of young Hyun-seo in the now-forbidden zone, making themselves a target for both government agents and the monster itself.
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