Type of media Film
Approved Running time 124m 53s
Release date 29/03/2013
BBFCInsight Contains moderate violence and brief bloody injury
Genre(s) Science Fiction
Director(s) Andrew Niccol
Cast includes Saoirse Ronan, Diane Kruger, Max Irons, Jake Abel, William Hurt
Cut This work was passed uncut.
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BBFCinsight publication date 19/03/2013
Note: The following text may contain spoilers
THE HOST is a science fiction feature based on a Stephenie Meyer novel. In the near future, Earth has been taken over by aliens who inhabit the bodies of humans. Most people have now been turned into 'hosts' but a few humans are holding out in the desert in the US. One particularly feisty teenage girl called Melanie finds herself taken over by a host called Wanderer but manages to resist from inside her own head and forces Wanderer to take their shared body to find the humans. There, Melanie tries to find a way of demonstrating to the humans that she is still alive, while also struggling with the fact that she and Wanderer are falling in love with two different people. The film is rated 12A for moderate violence and brief bloody injury.
The violence includes occasional punches, slaps and kicks. The action sequences focus more on people being chased than they do on violence. Stronger moments include a man being shot in the head with a small blood spurt on impact, but this is shown from a distance. Characters react with horror to this, and the violence is clearly not condoned. Later, someone is shot in the shoulder with some blood seen on clothing afterwards. Apart from these instances, the violence rarely results in visible injury. However, there is some bloody injury detail during a sequence in which Melanie has to bluff her way into a 'host' hospital to steal some of their medicines in order to save her little brother. She does this by deliberately cutting her arm so that it bleeds heavily. The bloody arm is shown in close-up. However, Melanie makes it clear that there is a reason for what's she's doing and that once she has gained entry to the hospital, it will be a matter of minutes before the injury is treated and completely healed using alien drugs. Despite the scene of a teenage girl cutting her arm, her reasons for doing so are fully explained and it is not a portrayal of self-harming. At other points, small incisions are made in humans' necks in order to insert the tiny alien hosts. These scenes are not gory and the small incisions instantly heal up.
Sex scenes are limited to kissing rather than any suggestion of actual sex, and no nudity is shown.
There is some use of mild bad language, including 'pissed (off)', 'hell', 'ass', and 'God'.
No-one younger than 12 may see a 12A film in a cinema unless accompanied by an adult. No-one younger than 12 may rent or buy a 12 rated video or DVD.
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