The average monster movie spends most of its time introducing us to characters we hope will die sooner rather than later. The Host, by Korean director Bong Joon-ho, inverts this formula with amazing success.
The movie pits a 40-foot mutant salamander against a squabbling family that must stick together to save itself. It's a film that moves effortlessly from scenes of grief to slapstick comedy, and back again.
Rick Kleffel reports for member station KUSP.