Sunday, December 9, 2007

THE HOST (Joon-ho Bong, 2006, South Korea) This South Korean monster flick is surprisingly a keen family melodrama and political attack on US egocentrism. After an American doctor orders that toxic waste be dumped in the Han river, a tadpole mutates into a giant carnivore and terrorizes the city of Seoul. This film bypasses most of the generic monster movie attitudes and instead focuses on the characters and their familial interactions. (B)

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