China and U.S. Fight Over Reboot of Korean Giant Monster from "The Host"

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Not only is America in debt to China for tons of cash, but also apparently for giant monster movie ideas. After Korean giant monster flick The Host took the world by storm, a Chinese film crew set to work making what they called a "localized" sequel to the saga of a toxic beast defeated by a plucky family of misfits. Now Gore "The Ring" Verbinski is making noise about doing an American reboot too. Verbinski made a name for himself with The Ring, a smart, scary take on the Japanese horror flick (and novel) called Ringu, about a videocassette haunted by the vengeful spirit of a murdered girl. There are no giant monsters in The Ring, but the ghost was visually terrifying - as were the flickering images on that deadly tape. Can Verbinski do it? Maybe, if he enlists the help of San Francisco special effects house The Orphanage, the same group that brought Hostie to magnificent life in The Host. A more interesting question to me is whether we're going to see more of these localized reboots and sequels of popular franchises. Could be a good source of revenue for Warners if they were to let Chinese studios do their own versions of Dark Knight and the sequels to it. Plus who doesn't want to see Batman in Hong Kong - but done right? Universal Remaking the Host [via Dread Central] Thanks, Avery "Friend of Kaiju" Guerra!

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DISCUSSION

I haven't seen this movie in a long time but Ok, here's why I didn't like it:

First, the plot. While I appreciate a new take on a monster film, the origin story of the beast was ridiculous. Yes, I get the tongue and check nature of it, but why wasn't it consistent throughout the whole film? And what about that bit at the end with the army? What were they trying to do exactly?

The acting. The male lead, the father was bad. Just bad. The young girl was a good actress, but her material was lacking. We're with her for the majority of the film only to have her ripped away for a lesser substitute? I'm all for unconventional ends, but they didn't give the audience enough to care about with the boy. And the grandfather. Another character that was hyped up to have an lame end. The sister, another wasted opportunity to show her do something really amazing. So much of that movie was unnecessary and did nothing to further the plot.

I love movies where the heroes aren't heroes, but I need to believe why they got there. There were so many loose ends and unexplained lame plot devices in the Host that I cannot understand why this is considered a masterpiece. Seriously, I just don't get it. I normally eat this stuff up, but The Host (and the people I saw it with) were amazed at the reviews that it's gotten. We even watched it twice!

The monster, not too interesting to look at, but that's not really very important.

I love foreign horror/action films but I think that people get so caught up in the "Korean movies do things different" vibe that they allow for bad storytelling. For the record, I loved "The Audition."

For the record, you wanna see a real horror movie? Go see "Let the Right One In"