Wednesday, 24 September 2014

I don't know what I would have done if you hadn't been here

The Guest (2014)

A terrific, funny, offbeat effort. Playing like a cross between those invited invaders films of the 90s (Pacific Heights, Unlawful Entry, Hand that Rocks the Cradle) and Universal Soldier, it shifts gears between acts making it a neat companion piece to the splendid earlier in the year effort Ice Cold in May.
Stevens is very good, mixing a charisma with inherent creepiness, playing an interesting line in the fact that people are drawn to him not just because of his polite mannerisms but also an underlying danger they are flirting with. The rest of the cast are good, such as notable bit-parter Leland Orser and Lance Reddick but the movie possibly wouldn't work without the strong performance Maika Monroe gives as the credible 'final girl' and delivers a killer last line.

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