The Host

2006 R 1h 59m Blu-ray / DVD

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The Host

2006 R 1h 59m Blu-ray / DVD
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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, he races to track down the murderous beast.
Format
Blu-ray DVD
Screen
Widescreen 1.85:1
Subtitles
English, Spanish (Neutral)
CC
Yes
Audio
English: Dolby Digital 5.1, Korean: Dolby Digital 5.1
Screen
Widescreen 1.85:1
Subtitles
English SDH, English, Spanish (Neutral)
CC
No
Audio
Korean: PCM Surround, Korean: Dolby Digital 5.1, English: PCM Surround, English: Dolby Digital 5.1
Rating
R - Under 17 requires accompanying parent or adult guardian. Contains some adult material. Parents are urged to learn more about the film before taking their young children with them.
age 17+
Common Sense rating OK for kids 17+
  • Kang-ho Song
  • Hie-bong Byeon
  • Hae-il Park
  • Doona Bae
  • Ah-sung Ko
  • Dal-su Oh
  • David Joseph Anselmo
  • Pil-sung Yim
  • Paul Lazar
  • Scott Wilson
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Reviews

age 17+

Common Sense Note

Parents need to know that creature-feature loving teens will want to see this movie, subtitles or no. If they go, they'll see plenty of scenes of the half-fish, half-reptile monster chasing, attacking, eating, and ripping up its human victims (its lair is filled with corpses and bones). In fact, the CGI-heavy violence is so excessive that it ends up being somewhat comedic. Humans use a variety of weapons against the monster (and each other), including guns, arrows (some flaming), and gas. The government lies about a virus and then assaults demonstrators with a toxic gas called "Agent Yellow." Some mourning scenes show characters crying over lost loved ones. Subtitled swearing includes multiple uses of "f--k" and plenty more salty language.

Sexual Content

Brief reference to an ex-wife who "popped out the baby and ran off" brief shot of girls' legs under a table.

Violence

Multiple attacks by monster. It chases, terrifies, eats/chomps, throws/drops, and dismembers human victims; dog attacks owner; suspected infection victims are dragged off in plastic bags (resembling body bags); humans fight monster and each other with guns; brief scene shows brain surgery (some cutting and drilling); Nam-joo shoots monster with arrows; homeless man pours gasoline on monster so flaming arrow can light it on fire; children confront monster in sewer (dark shadows, tense moments, brave kids); memorial services and mourning; sad scene showing a child's death.

Language

In subtitles: several uses of "f--k," plus other language ("s--t," "god damn," "bastard," and "bitch"), as well as "Jesus Christ."

Social Behavior

The central family counters the officials' deceit and oppression with displays of courage, loyalty, and intelligence; homeless kids and man are brave in the face of danger.

Consumerism

Not applicable

Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol

Homeless man is drunk on soju (Korean rice-based alcoholic beverage).

  • Age appropriate
  • Not an issue
  • Depends on your child and your family
  • Parents strongly cautioned
  • Not appropriate for kids of the age

This information for parents is provided by Common Sense Media, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving kids' media lives.

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