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THE PLOT THUS FAR

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.

WHAT WE THOUGHT

“The Guest” feels like a movie that Cannon Films could’ve made in the 1980s if they were smarter. The synth scores and colorful credits might evoke Refn for some, but those hipster viewers need to take a step back. This film wants to ride below the expectation radar, while having its post modern trappings. When the Petersons start to figure out that their guest isn’t who says he is, the end result is easy to see. But, it’s how we get to that conclusion is what matters.

Dan Stevens is destined for amazing things. Bouncing back from a rather strong turn in a weak “A Walk Among the Tombstones”, Stevens stands up as a man that is a bit unhinged. He plays his role as a wish fulfillment James Bond by way of Jason Bourne stand-in that is willing to help his fallen comrade’s family out by any means necessary. It’s just that he is also a cold killer with no sense of remorse or empathy. What happens when he turns and what made him into this bizarre weirdo? The finale is pretty trippy and I caught a few homages to “Halloween III”. That alone is enough to score it geek credibility with readers that just want to see familiar shit in new movies.

The Blu-Ray comes with deleted scenes, commentary and interviews as the special features. The A/V Quality is amazingly sharp for an indie suspense flick. The 1080p transfer pops much like Wingard’s last film “You’re Next”. Plus, the DTS-HD 5.1 master audio track really pops. In the end, I’d recommend a purchase.

RELEASE DATE: 01/06/2015

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