Movies: Host with The Most

Here's a monster thriller with plenty on its mind


Ko A-sung in tThe Host, a Magnolia Pictures release.

It's big and ugly, and before it started terrorizing innocent Koreans, it was a tadpole. Then a careless American doctor at a local military base ordered hundreds of gallons of formaldehyde dumped into the Han River. The creature swallowed the toxin; now the thing is 30 ft. long, has 10 legs, looks like an angry Muppet and is itching for mischief. U.S. scientists have yet more dire news: the beast is the host for a deadly virus that could wipe out everyone in Seoul or-- dare we say it--the world!

The Host is itself a bizarre hybrid: both a popular hit...

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