Released: January 17, 2015
Runtime: 99 Minutes
*Review by contributor Austin Winkler
The Guest is a suspense-thriller directed by Adam Wingard and stars Dan Stevens, Maika Monroe, and Brendan Meyer. Dan Stevens plays David, a soldier who introduces himself to a family, claiming to be friends with their son who was killed in action. Everything seems to be going well until people start dying and all signs are pointing to him. This is another movie that I knew nothing about until I saw Chris Stuckmann’s review on it. I remember watching his review and watching the movie directly after, without even glancing at a trailer. Now, I am so mad at myself for not watching this movie sooner.
This is a very unique movie in the way that it’s made. The movie has a retro feel to it, almost like an 80s horror movie. The soundtrack is very euphoric, upbeat and does well at building tension and the lighting is very dark, making the film look ominous. As a matter of fact, this movie seemed to be paying homage to a lot of the classic horror films out there, and that’s pretty cool. The action in this movie is very well crafted and will keep anyone on the edge of their seat. Everything from the effects to the screenplay to direction is on point. This movie never gets dull, and it has a perfect runtime, clocking in at just over an hour and a half.
The only problem I have with this movie is within the story. It’s not a bad story at all. It’s very engaging, realistic, and is sure to keep anyone interested. However towards the end, we’re introduced to some government conspiracy subplots and everything gets way too convoluted. Other than that, I can’t think of another problem I had with this movie. Bottom line, The Guest is a very solid thriller with a great story, tons of action and suspense, and a very unique style of film making. This isn’t an Oscar-worthy movie or anything like that, but it is undoubtedly a fun watch and possibly worth buying on Blu-ray. I highly enjoyed this movie, and I’m sure you will too.
4 out of 5
-This film is rated R for strong violence, language, some drug use, and a scene of sexuality.
-A scene where sex is implied.
-Some kissing here and there.
-People are shot, stabbed and beaten, often with bloody results.
-Frequent cursing through the movie’s runtime.
-Some scenes with people drinking and/or smoking marijuana.
-The film overall is pretty intense, and it does have its “moments.” I wouldn’t recommend watching it with young children, but it’s not a terribly vulgar movie.
2 out of 5
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