Gwoemul (The Host)
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When a young girl is snatched away from her father by a horrifying giant monster that emerges from the River Han to wreak havoc on Seoul, her entire family sets out to locate the beast and bring their little girl back home to safety in South Korean director Bong Joon-ho's big-budget creature feature. Hee-bong is a man of modest means who runs a snack bar on the banks of the River Han. Along with his slow-witted eldest son, Gang-du; Gang-du's young daughter, Hyun-seo; archery champion daughter Nam-joo; and unemployed, shirker son, Nam-il, Hee-Bong has managed to maintain a close… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 93%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"As ebullient and bizarre as a monster that can do back flips, leaving the viewer in a shock of delight."
‑ Liam Lacey, Globe and Mail
"Rarely plays out the way you expect. Director Bong is careful to deliver the promised scares, but he is also willing to overlook plot formulas to explore his own interests."
‑ Rene Rodriguez, Miami Herald
"Joon-ho Bong's The Host is a very different kettle of mutated fish."
‑ Luke Goodsell, Empire Magazine Australasia
"A subversive blast"
‑ Fernando F. Croce, CinePassion
"A fantastic satire/monster movie"
‑ Stefan Birgir Stefansson,
"A horror thriller, a political satire, a dysfunctional family comedy, and a touching melodrama, Bong Joon-ho's The Host is also one helluva monster movie."
‑ Jim Emerson, Chicago Sun-Times
"Maybe this is actually a treatise on the dissonance between East and West, science and nature, promise and tragedy. Nah. It's just a dumb, crappy horror movie that wants to be celebrated as such."
‑ Tom Long, Detroit News
"A livid bureaucratic satire, berserk creature feature and surprisingly somber drama, "The Host" is a convulsive, wild ride - simultaneously eliciting squirms and giggles by mashing up finger-pointing anger with "The Thing's" wiseass wickedness."
‑ Nick Rogers,
"This monster movie from the Republic of Korea is one of the best films of its kind."
‑ Steve Biodrowski, ESplatter
"Imagine Little Miss Sunshine and Alien mixed together and you'll have an inkling of what South Korea's The Host has in store for you."
‑ Beth Accomando,
"Bravely shifting tones from the horrific to the slapstick and back again, Bong Joon-ho has made a movie that's comprised almost equally of family sitcom, political indictment, high-urban paranoia and maximum-geek, monster-movie delight."
‑ Geoff Pevere, Toronto Star
"The film's limber and inventive director Joon-ho Bong keeps The Host creeping and leaping for its entire two hours, which are filled with incident after incident, alternately terrifying, ridiculous, suspenseful and wry."
‑ Terry Lawson, Detroit Free Press
"A pleasant reminder of the pleasures in the low-budget quickly made monster B-film of the 1950s."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"Minor flaws in a film destined to be embraced by genre fans worldwide."
‑ Geoff Berkshire,
"A rather tender-hearted, often sorrowful, more often hilarious view on the familial conflicts between generations and between siblings."
‑ Tim Brayton, Antagony & Ecstasy
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