Yesterday, I went to see The Host with docfoster and another friend at the Gettysburg Majestic. It was my second time there, but the first I noticed that every row had what we called "a big butt" seat, a double-wide built for people who don't nicely fit into regular seats (I sat in a regular one, thank you very much).
The Host is South Korea's very effective foray into the classical monster movie and I will tell you it was excellent. Unlike what comes out of Hollywood today, the movie didn't star a monster killing off people, but a family of very likeable people dealing with a much larger problem.
The basic plot is a mutated creature caused by the dumping of toxic chemicals into the Han River by arrogant Americans, but the film actually starts introducing you to the major characters:
Hee-bong is an elderly man who runs a snack-bar along the Han River with his oldest adult son, a rather dim-witted Park Gang-du. Hee-bong also has a younger daughter, Nam-joo, and an Olympic medalist archer, and a younger son, Nam-il who is an unemployed, alcoholic college graduate.
The light of everybody's life is 13-year-old Hyun-seo, Gang-du's only daughter from a past relationship where the mother left after giving birth.
The fun starts when people visiting a park alongside the Han River see some weird thing hanging off a bridge spanning the Han River. A mutation slightly smaller than an 18-wheel truck, it attacks the crowd and succeeds in dragging off Hyun-seo with its prehensile tail. The family believe her dead until they get a phone call from the young girl's cell phone. She's still alive and trapped somewhere in the city's sewer complex. As nobody believes them, her grandfather, father, aunt, and uncle go looking for her.
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