CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- In the future, a species known as Souls comes to Earth. They find mankind to be a destructive, hateful species and seek to transform humans into beings they can control. Some Souls, called Seekers, capture people and put themselves into those bodies.
Teenager Melanie Stryder (Saoirse Ronan, "The Lovely Bones") hasn't been captured yet. As the world she has known begins to slip through the cracks, she only wants to protect the ones she loves.
One night, in a desperate attempt to save her brother, Jaime (Chandler Canterbury), she distracts the Seekers by trying to commit suicide. She is unsuccessful, but they don't know that, and when she wakes up, they have already placed a new soul in her body.
The new soul, known as Wanderer, was put there to find information about undiscovered humans for her handler, known as The Seeker (Diane Kruger, "National Treasure"). When Wanderer discovers Melanie is still present in the body, she tries to resist her, giving all the information she can to The Seeker.
But when Melanie begins to show Wanderer memories of Jamie and her boyfriend, Jared (Max Irons, "Red Riding Hood"), Wanderer starts telling The Seeker less. She begins to grow feelings for them and knows she has to help Melanie find and protect them.
They start their journey for Jamie and Jared and are eventually discovered by Melanie's Uncle Jeb (William Hurt) and Aunt Maggie (Frances Fisher). Jeb wants to protect her even though he knows she's been turned into an "alien species," but Maggie wants her dead.
They end up taking her to their underground world, where people live in hiding from the Seekers. After much time and many questions, a lot of people grow fond of Wanderer, especially a young man named Ian (Jake Abel, "I Am Number Four"), with whom she falls in love.
As sparks fly between the two, Melanie reminds Wanderer of her love for Jared. A love triangle soon forms with Melanie still in love with Jared while Wanderer, sharing Melanie's body, is in love with Ian.
Wanderer helps the humans throughout the film, caring for them as Melanie would. She wants Melanie to live, but she wants to die. For the sake of Melanie and other humans, will Wanderer continue her hardest mission yet or will she turn herself in to The Seeker?
"The Host" is a thrilling adventure filled with life-and-death situations, love and futuristic notions. It shows that true love is the strongest thing in the universe, and I think many can relate to Wanderer because she has to choose between following her head or her heart.
The movie is based on a novel by "Twilight" author Stephenie Meyer, but just because you might not like "Twilight," don't write off "The Host." The story is so different from "Twilight" it wouldn't be right to compare the two.
You can tell when Meyer created the world for "The Host, she had a totally different mindset. She has said "Twilight" came to her in a dream, and it's just that -- a fantasy, where it is simple to know what is real and fake.
"The Host," though, is futuristic, and since you don't know what may happen in the future, it feels like something that could become possible. I think the new world Meyer created, with its inventions such as instant healing medicine, is captivating because you never know what could come next.If you want to see a fascinating film this spring, I highly recommend "The Host."