Starring: Saoirse Ronan, Max Irons, Jake Abel
My Rating: One and a half thumbs up.
I guess this movie isn't getting the best reviews from the critics, but what do they know? I always want to decide for myself anyway.. usually (sometimes I believe them.) So I went with an open mind, and... I liked it just fine!
If you've read the book you'll know the general plot, but if you haven't, here it is. An alien race has taken over, they call themselves "souls" and they plant themselves into human bodies. When one particular human, Melanie, is taken over by her alien, Wanderer, she doesn't go quietly. Which means there's now two minds inside one body and they are at odds.
After not very long, however, Melanie talks Wanderer into running away and they find a human colony hiding in a desert cave. It's there that things really get complicated.
We went out to eat just before the movie and the waitress warned us that the "voice in the head" bits were a little cheesy so I particularly noticed that. And yes, it was a little cheesy, but I'm not sure how they could of done this otherwise. After awhile, I got used to it.
I thought the casting was great. The leader of the human camp, Jeb I think his name is, was perfect. The whole time I kept thinking it was Jeff Bridges, but I couldn't quite make that work. Turns out it's William Hurt. He is perfect. The two love interest guys, they were great too (the son of Jeremy Irons? Anyone?) I had to get used to the girl (Melanie/Wanda) but she wasn't bad either!
Anyway, in the end it was all sorts of emotional and got me feeling perfectly weepy. Which is a good thing in a movie, right? Oh, and also... lots of kissing. :)
Bottom line: I liked it!