Day #120: Gwoemul (2006)


Gwoemul a.k.a. The Host (2006) IMDB


[From IMDB:] A monster emerges from Seoul’s Han River and focuses its attention on attacking people. One victim’s loving family does what it can to rescue her from its clutches.

My take:

There’s plenty of good stuff to be said about The Host. It’s got an expansive story that doesn’t shy away from showing the monster early and often; and while the CGI may look a bit aged, I think this says more about how far computer graphics have come in the last eight years than it does about what was used in this movie.

It also does a great job of bringing the comedy to what’s not a particularly comedic story – even if it does have the habit of occasionally going a bit too far, and becoming less funny as a result.

I do think that there was some major problems with the plot, though. I mean, sure, we’re dealing with a movie where a monster is running riot, so there has to be some degree of suspension of disbelief; but having the US/UN decide to release a toxin in a highly populated part of South Korea, because of a virus that had supposedly only killed one person? My disbelief, it can only be stretched so far.

I also feel like either the script or the editing could have been tighter in some places. I’m not actually adverse to longer movies if it feels necessary, but there were some scenes – mostly involving the family interacting – that just dragged things out a bit too much. They felt like roadblocks in an otherwise pretty smooth ride.

These issues aside, I do actually think that The Host is a decent movie. Scenes with Hyun-seo (Ah-sung Ko) in particular were a highlight, bringing some much needed drama/tension to balance out the more comedic scenes of the rest of her family. I just found myself wishing sometimes that there was more of a focus on her and what she was going through, than on her whacky dad, Gang-Doo (Kang-ho Song).


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