The Guest (2014)

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The Guest (2014)
  • Time: 99 min
  • Genre: Action | Mystery | Thriller
  • Director: Adam Wingard
  • Cast: Dan Stevens, Joel David Moore, Lance Reddick, Maika Monroe

Storyline:

A soldier introduces himself to the Peterson family, claiming to be a friend of their son who died in action. After the young man is welcomed into their home, a series of accidental deaths seem to be connected to his presence.

2 reviews

  • So this was awesome!

    As someone has already pointed out, this had a great retro feel with lots of well-timed humour and great acting all-round. I loved the fact that they didn’t hold back like so many films do today. The kill scenes were crisp and clear, the lead (and supporting) actors were a pleasure to watch and the music was genius.

    Some of the story aspect falters a bit but that doesn’t really matter because cutting some development out keeps the story from meandering.

    The setting for the final fight scene was staged superbly and was really quite beautiful and although the absolute final scene will annoy some people (e.g. me), I’m definitely hoping for a sequel. Maybe a prequel would be better though?

    A must-watch for fans of this genre.

    8/10

  • I watched this movie without any prior knowledge and was more than surprised with the quality of the writing, the actors and the story. But what really made this movie stand out for me, was the excellent use of the songs. Mainly Electro/SynthWave tunes that really heightened the retro feel of the movie. It is clear that through this the flick is not for everyone, but if you’re a child of the 80s you’ll appreciate the overall feel of the premises.

    It’s not a big budget production and that clearly shows on some occasions, but that does in no way spoil the fun. And it is a lot of fun. There are a lot of classic tropes playing out without big surprises, but they always feel a bit off, underlined by the fantastic score, putting things into somewhat uncharted territory.

    The cast are great, and Stevens, well he’s a lot different than he is elsewhere, and I’m sure this is the beginning of a unique career, his titular character is a cross between Patrick Bateman, The Terminator, and Martin Riggs.

    The only thing that didn’t sit right in the plot was the big gunfight. Those soldiers were supposed to be elite troops, but didn’t feel that way at all, more like goofs with guns.

    An overall fun, gleeful fun for most parts, with some surprises and an overall very nice style.

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