The Guest – USA, 2014 – reviews

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‘Here’s here to help’

The Guest is a 2014 American psychological thriller film, directed and edited by Adam Wingard, and written by Simon Barrett. It stars Dan Stevens, Maika Monroe, Brendan Meyer and Lance Reddick. Wingard and Barrett similarly work together on You’re Next.

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Still struggling over the loss of their oldest son, Caleb, to the war in Afghanistan, the Peterson family finds some solace when an unexpected visitor knocks on their door. David, a steely eyed and charismatic soldier who was recently discharged, is welcomed into their home when he comes to fulfil a promise he made to his fallen comrade.

Siblings Anna and Luke are at first reluctant to accept David’s presence, but he soon wins them over by scoring kegs for Anna’s friends and roughing up some bullies from Luke’s school. Though he appears to be the perfect houseguest, a mysterious and sinister chain of events causes Anna to question whether David is actually whom he claims to be…

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Reviews:

“Hot off the success of You’re Next, director Adam Wingard is back with another great homage/deconstruction of the kind of eighties movies you’d find on the shelves of your local video store- when such a thing existed. Think of this as The Bourne Identity, crossed with The Terminator, with a healthy dose of Halloween thrown in for good measure. If this sounds bug nuts insane, that’s only because it is – in the most awesome way possible.” JoBlo.com

“Wingard and screenwriter Simon Barrett have really outdone themselves with The Guest, with chilling black comedy and astounding visual panache it is the most fantastically entertaining action flick of recent memory; it might just be the most unexpected comedy of Sundance 2014.” Film Threat

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The Guest ends up as less of a fully satisfying film and more of a passport for Wingard, Barrett, and the cast to run wild in a well-crafted, but somewhat empty playground.  Sure, that may make for some crowd-pleasing moments, but not necessarily a lasting impression.” Culture Crypt 

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Release:

The Guest premiered at the Sundance Film Festival on January 17, 2014.

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