I’m usually pretty dismissive of the Twilight Saga. There are some things there to admire, and I’ll probably write more at length about it someday, but for the most part, Stephanie Meyer’s work doesn’t really interest me.
All that being said, I was ready to ignore The Host, based on Meyer’s other, lesser-known novel. The story’s an obvious riff on Invasion of the Body Snatchers. The trailer plants it right inside the Twilight camp with its kisses in the rain punctuated by some generic pop power-ballad.
Underneath all that, however, is a man named Andrew Niccol. Niccol wrote a couple films I really admire (Gattaca, The Truman Show), and I’m ready to believe he might pull out some surprises with this film, even if it is based on a Stephanie Meyer novel.