The Host – Netflix Find – Movie Review

Netflix plot summary:
“In Seoul’s River Han, a giant mutant creature has developed as a result of toxic chemical dumping. When the squidlike monster scoops up the teenage granddaughter of humble snack-bar owner Hie-bong (Hie-bong Byeon), he races to track down the murderous beast. With no help from the authorities, who are convinced the girl is already dead, Hie-bong and his family will have to band together to save her — and possibly the entire city.”

I hesitate to call this a monster move because it really is more about the family and their struggle to understand each other and keep the family together. The monster is really the catalyst for the story instead of the focus (compared to something like Godzilla). Don’t get me wrong though, the monster gets a lot of screen time. This is part monster movie, thriller, kidnapper movie, family drama and comedy. Somehow it all really works and the story heads in directions that keep you guessing.

It’s a Korean production so you’ll either have to deal with subtitles or dubbing. I prefer subtitles. The special effects are not up to Hollywood current standard but are done competently enough that it remains believable (think TV quality).

As a side note this 2006 film broke the Korean all-time box office record and has scored a 92% (out of 110 reviews) at Rotten Tomatoes.

Bottom Line A likable, quirky, monster movie with thrills, chills and heart.

Rated R available on: Bluray, DVD and Netflix Watch Instantly.

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