"Four stars (R)

Song Gang-ho, Byeon Heui-bong, Park Hae-il

Korean quasi-monster movie with the most strikingly original and well-designed monster since Alien. Wait until you see how it moves. Too cool. The story involves the efforts of a family to rescue their little girl (Ko A-sung), who gets snatched by the creature and taken into the river. Along the way, we gets bits of broad social satire and slapstick comedy along with the suspense. The mid-section of the productions bogs down a little, but comes roaring back. The Host is wildly uneven, but it’s also wildly entertaining. 118 minutes.

DVD INFO: Two versions of the film are available separately. The first is a standard edition, the second a two-disc collector’s edition with four hours of bonus materials, including a commentary track and loads of featurettes, one of which tells the story from the creature’s point of view.

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