The Guest Review!
The Guest is a movie has been popping up on my Netflix for weeks now and I would just mentally tag it as a film to watch one night and move on until I actually felt like sitting through it. The film follows David (Dan Stevens) a ex-soldier introduces himself to the Peterson family, claiming to be a friend of their son, Caleb, who died in action. After David is welcomed into their home, a series of accidental deaths seem to be connected to his presence and a department of government is looking for him.
The Guest starts out promising, It sets up all the questions you want answered about David. Who is he? What does he want? Why does he seem off? David starts out really charming, winning over Calab’s mother and father almost overnight and they beg him to stay longer as he is the last link they have to their dead son, but it doesn’t take long before we know that there is something wrong with David as he begins to violently help the family out in their problems.
The film is really uneven, Dan is good in the role then there are times he is just awful as he switches from his gentleman to psycho role, Nearly every actor in here is bad except for my always favorite character actor Joel David Moore (Hatchet) and the cute as a button Maika Monroe (It Follows) who jumps back and forth from doing something interesting then being completely forgettable throughout the movie.
Adam Wingard (V/H/S, V/H/S 2/ You’re Next) who started out and mainly directed horror films tries to add this to the action genre and it just doesn’t work. At first David is mysterious and you can see he’s bad for Caleb’s family but it all starts to unravel when it’s revealed that he and Caleb were part of some sort of super soldier program that was used to make them into the perfect killing machines for the government.
Wingard and the crew reveal in not explaining much of anything about David’s backstory, so much so that Lance Reddick just shows up out of nowhere as a a Major who is cleaning up any survivors of this program we are told nothing about. Adam Wingard is good at making your feel uneasy in his films, the entirety of the V/H/S series and You’re Next do just that, make you uneasy and has had me shifting in my chair or couch several times but by the end of The Guest, all I could do was be pissed because I couldn’t help but think how someone’s incompetence help manufacture several unnecessary deaths. This movie left me angry because, like the people who started this program, the stupidity behind it left everyone with a horrible outcome.