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.
Directed: Adam Wingard
If there was any further indication needed that British leading men make for better villains this is a prime example.
The softly spoken Dan Stevens (Downton Abbey) can now walk shoulder to shoulder with the likes of Mark Strong, Tom Hiddleston and Ben Kingsley (yes, those from the Jaguar ad).
I’ve not managed to catch Director Adam Wingard’s home invasion horror You’re Next. But on the basis of this one I’m going have to give it a go.
When I caught the trailer not a lot was given away, which is what drew me in. I like the fact that you’re going in almost blind, it makes for better viewing.
David (Stevens) enters the life of the Peterson family who are still grieving for their son Caleb killed in Iraq. Quickly he becomes an integral part of their lives, always around to help them out of difficult situations or as a shoulder to cry on.
It’s clear though there is something more disturbing deep beneath his chilling blue eyes, and it doesn’t take long for us to find out what.
The Guest is a tense intriguing thriller that never gives too much away making it one of its strong points. We all know there is something wrong with David, that much is clear from the shots of him grimly starring into the distance.
David manifests himself as a psychotic guardian angel, his ulterior motives are never revealed until the bodies start to pile up and we get to delve further into the back story. Even then Stevens plays his character with dead pan charm that makes us like him even more.
There are a number of genres all thrown in that ultimately work well along side each other. A nice dose of action thanks to a back yard shoot out is quickly morphed into an 80s slasher horror that echoes Halloween.
The soundtrack is slick and pulsating, with comparisons drawn to Drive not just from the score but from Stevens’ somewhat uncanny resemblance to Ryan Gosling.
It never feels disjointed at any point and while it might wobble a little with the surprise ending (of which you knew was coming) it does’t damage the overall integrity.
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