The Guest

The Guest

Adam Wingard (2014)

95min
15 Certificate
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Review

Our Score
Downton Abbey's Dan Stevens breaks out of dowdy costume drama mode in loud and violent style with this tense throwback thriller that directly references the pulpy, electronic-scored B-movies of the 1980s (most notably Rutger Hauer vehicle The Hitcher). Stevens stars as David, a discharged soldier who turns up at the family home of Caleb, an army friend who was killed in action. The family take him in, and David conducts himself with charm and grace. But in a series of altercations, the buff and seemingly humble farm boy reveals a sinister side to his nature, causing Caleb's sister Anna (Maika Monroe) to start having doubts about him. The body count quickly escalates, and the second half of the film seems to conflate the action of all four Bourne movies into one. But Stevens is a charismatic antihero and the film plays expertly with genre expectations, leading to an inspired showdown in a haunted house prepared for a high-school dance.

Summary

A grieving couple are visited by a stranger, who claims to have been in the army with their dead son. They invite him to move in with them, and he proves a welcome addition to the household - but his arrival coincides with an outbreak of violent incidents that raise suspicions that he is not what he seems to be. Thriller, starring Dan Stevens and Maika Monroe.

Cast & Crew

"David" Dan Stevens
Anna Maika Monroe
Luke Brendan Meyer
Laura Sheila Kelley (1)
Carver Lance Reddick
Kristen Tabatha Shaun
Zeke Chase Williamson
Spencer Peterson Leland Orser
Craig Joel David Moore
Higgins Ethan Embry
Drew Jesse Luken
Sergeant Halway Candice Patton
Director Adam Wingard
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: Icon Film Distribution LtdGuidance: Violence, swearing, nudity, drug abuse.Available on: DVD and Blu-rayReleased on: 5 Sep 2014
Drama